The United Bid Committee (made up of the National Federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States) have moved forward in their talks to hold the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The bid has finalised the list of 32 potential Host Cities after receiving applications for 41 cities across North America. Organisers from each city met in Houston, Texas, on November 14-17 for a Host City Information Session with the United Bid Committee.
At least 12 cities will be selected to host matches during the event. The full list of the potential host cities can be found here.
The combination of Canada, Mexico and the United States has the stadiums and infrastructure to host a World Cup, so United 2026 executive director John Kristick has claimed that the bid is therefore able to “focus on building the game not stadiums.”
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first time the tournament has an expanded 48-team format. The only other candidate for hosting the event is Morocco, and the deadline to submit a bid is March 16.
NMC members will be following the selection process closely, ahead of the formal announcement of the winning candidate that will be made in Moscow on June 13, before the 2018 World Cup.