2026 World Cup: San Francisco Named One Of 16 Host Cities
Jun 16, 2022, 4:35 PM | Updated: Jun 17, 2022, 1:05 pm
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A Bay Area city has been named one of 16 host sites announced by FIFA World Cup Thursday for the 2026 World Cup games.
San Francisco joins four additional cities on the West Coast to host a 2026 World Cup game.
The 2026 tournament also introduces big changes to how the tournament is held. For the first time ever, the games will take place in three countries — Canada, United States and Mexico — with an expansion of 48 teams. The 2022 World Cup games in Qatar is hosting 32 teams.
Representatives for the World Cup also noted the games are expected to return to its normal summer schedule. The 2022 games are taking place in November due to Qatar’s heat.
The cities selected include for 2026: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.
“We congratulate the 16 FIFA World Cup Host Cities on their outstanding commitment and passion,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a press release. “Today is a historic day – for everyone in those cities and states, for FIFA, for Canada, the USA and Mexico who will put on the greatest show on Earth. We look forward to working together with them to deliver what will be an unprecedented FIFA World Cup and a game-changer as we strive to make football truly global.”