United States, Mexico, Canada Announce Potential 2026 World Cup Cities

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The United Bid Committee, which is attempting to secure the hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, announced on Wednesday that it has compiled a list of 32 cities across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada that could serve as host cities for the tournament.

The list of 32 potential host cities includes four cities in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 in the United States.

All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.

And in nine years, Atlanta could reach the apex of the world's most popular game, as it's been revealed the city could potentially host a FIFA World Cup match in 2026.

Canada has previously hosted the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2007, the Under-20 Women's World Cup in 2014 and the 2015 Women's World Cup, when matches were played at BC Place in Vancouver and Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

The three-nation bid will compete with Morocco at a Federation Internationale de Football Association vote in Moscow next June.

The United States has the most potential host venues with 25 followed by Canada with four and Mexico three.

The bid committee's press release Wednesday stated that representatives from all of the cities still in the race will travel to Houston during the week of November 13 for meetings with the United Bid Committee.

The United Bid Committee is taking into account a number of factories in its host-city selection process, including city profile, stadium and support facilities and transportation.

Cities not hosting games could be chosen as other venues needed for the tournament, such as team base camps. Canada, the US and Mexico have hosted 13 FIFA World Cups in the past, which have all set attendance records.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first with a 48-nation field.

With the only competition coming from Morocco, the North American bid is the heavy favourite to land the sporting spectacle.

It's unclear if any of the cities with multiple stadiums previously listed as potential host sites have focused their efforts on one of the two (or three) stadiums.

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