World Cup cities 2026: Live updates from FIFA announcement of host stadiums and venues in USA, Canada, Mexico

The 2022 FIFA men’s World Cup in Qatar hasn’t even happened yet, but the focus is already turning to what will be the biggest World Cup ever held in the history of the tournament in 2026.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature the 48-team expanded format, increasing from the current 32-team editions which have existed since 1998. 

FIFA on Thursday will announce its venue selections for the 2026 event, which will be held for the first time across three countries: North American nations USA, Canada and Mexico will team up to host the event with more teams (48) and matches (80) than ever before.

In an event that’s being held in New York City on Thursday, June 16, the world governing body will make its decisions known with up to 16-18 stadiums selected: 10-12 in the USA alone, three in Mexico and two or three in Canada. 

Sporting News will be following the event live and providing updates as the selections are officially announced. 

MORE: How the format will work for the 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada

World Cup cities 2026 live announcement

There are 22 host cities and 23 venues on the shortlist for selection, with FIFA set to announce the final decision of where matches will be played. A total of 60 matches will be played on U.S. soil with 10 each in Mexico and Canada.

The table below will contain the confirmed venues as they’re announced during the event held in New York City.

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FIFA World Cup host cities 2026 live updates, highlights from selection show

All times ET

5:13 p.m.: One more commercial break and then they say we’ll be getting names. Becky G will also be performing at some point. She’s not the only VIP. Players in attendance below at 30 Rockefeller Plaza:

5:07 p.m.: The way Alexi Lalas talks about the World Cup will give you goosebumps:

5 p.m.: The broadcasts have started. It’s only a matter of time before the names of the cities begin their rollout.

4:32 p.m.: Already talk about which city is getting the World Cup draw.

4:22 p.m.: There will be watch parties across the continent. Here are two in the Bay Area (USA), Kansas City (USA), New York (USA), Guadalajara (Mexico), and Toronto (Canada):

3:33 p.m.: The same reporter, David Medrano, indicates that FIFA is contemplating simultaneous inauguration in all three countries.

3:28 p.m.: According to one Mexican media member, all 10 of Mexico’s matches will come in the group stage with all three venues getting matches, with four assigned to the Estadio Azteca.

3:20 p.m.: Prior to announcement day, there were a few reports already circling about a couple of venues. Most reported on Canadian city Edmonton, which is almost certainly on the outside looking in. While the initial plan was to have three venues in Canada and three in Mexico, FIFA seems to have ultimately decided on adding an additional U.S. city, and Edmonton appears to be the one sacrificed.

Another report out of Canada suggested the same, and added the note that Vancouver would be awarded six of Canada’s 10 matches, while Toronto would host four, rather than an even five and five split.

World Cup 2026 host cities finalists

The final 23 stadiums in contention to host World Cup matches follows below. 

The 45,500 capacity at BMO Field in Toronto would be part of an expansion of the stadium which currently holds 30,000.

Country City Stadium Capacity
Canada Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium 56,302
Canada Toronto, Ontario BMO Field 45,500
Canada Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place 54,000
Mexico Guadalajara, Jalisco Estadio Akron 46,232
Mexico Mexico City Estadio Azteca 87,523
Mexico Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Estadio BBVA 53,500
USA Atlanta, Ga. Mercedes-Benz Stadium 71,000
USA Baltimore, Md.
Washington, D.C.
M&T Bank Stadium 71,006
USA Boston, Mass. Gillette Stadium 65,878
USA Cincinnati, Ohio Paul Brown Stadium 65,515
USA Dallas
(Arlington, Tex.)
AT&T Stadium 80,000
USA Denver, Colo. Mile High Stadium 76,125
USA Houston, Tex. NRG Stadium 71,795
USA Kansas City, Mo. Arrowhead Stadium 76,416
USA Los Angeles
(Inglewood, Calif.)
SoFi Stadium 70,240
USA Los Angeles
(Pasadena, Calif.)
Rose Bowl 92,000
USA Miami, Fla. Hard Rock Stadium 64,767
USA Nashville, Tenn. Nissan Stadium 69,143
USA New York
(East Rutherford, N.J.)
MetLife Stadium 82,500
USA Orlando, Fla. Camping World Stadium 60,219
USA Philadelphia, Pa. Lincoln Financial Field 69,176
USA Santa Clara, Calif. Levi’s Stadium 68,500
USA Seattle, Wash. Lumen Field 69,000

What channel is the 2026 World Cup host city announcement on? 

  • Date: Thursday, June 16
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET
  • USA TV channel: FS1 | Universo 
  • Canada TV channel: TSN 1/5
  • Live streams: Fox Sports Go | TSN GO | TSN Direct | fuboTV | FIFA+

In the United States, for English language audiences, FS1 will reveal the venues on a special broadcast live at that time. For Spanish language audiences, the venue reveal will be broadcast live on Universo.

In Canada, the selection will be broadcast on TSN1/5.

Additionally, around the world, the announcement can be watched on FIFA+ which is FIFA’s official streaming platform.

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