FIFA Vows “Invasion” As US, Canada, Mexico Named Hosts For 2026 FIFA World Cup

FIFA Vows “Invasion” As US, Canada, Mexico Named Hosts For 2026 FIFA World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday warned Canada, Mexico and the United States to prepare for a “football attack” as the host cities for the 2026 World Cup are revealed. The first World Cup, co-hosted by three different countries, is also expected to feature a record number of teams, with the number increasing from 16 to 32 to 48 as the tournament is held in North America for the first time since the 1994 final. I’m back

The 16 locations named on Thursday include 11 in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada.

All U.S. games will take place in venues where NFL teams will compete, with the 5 billion Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles and the New York Giants hosting the final at the 82,000-seat Met Life Stadium.

A total of 60 of the 80 games in the tournament – including all post-quarter knockout games – will take place in the US.

Mexico City’s famous Aztec Stadium – host of the 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals – was one of three Mexican venues, along with the cities of Monterey and Guadalajara.

The Vancouver and Toronto tournaments will host the Canadian Games.

Infantino, meanwhile, said 2026 would mark the 1994 final in the United States – the record for most attendance by all means.

“2026 will be huge,” Infantino said. “I don’t think this part of the world has any idea what will happen in 2026.

“These three countries will turn upside down and then come back. The world will attack Canada, Mexico and the United States.

“They will be attacked by a great wave of joy and happiness.”

Infantino said he hoped the World Cup would further boost the development of football in the region.

“In this part of the world, you are leading the world in many areas. But in the world number one sport, football or soccer, you are not yet,” he said. “The goal should be to lead the world in the number one sport.”

The venue for the marquee matches, such as the World Cup final and the opening game, has not yet been decided.

“We still have to discuss it, we still have to analyze it,” Infantino said. “We will decide in due course.”

However, Infantino revealed that given the wide geographical spread of the tournament across North America, FIFA is considering establishing teams in regional “clusters” to minimize travel.

“When you are dealing with a large region like North America, we need to take care of the spectators and make sure that the teams are playing in clusters, so that the spectators and the teams do not have to travel crazy distances. “Infantino said.

Super Bowl lineage

The list of US destinations stretches from coast to coast, including many cities that hosted the 1994 World Cup final. However, none of the actual stadium venues of the 1994 tournament will be repeated in 2026.

Other venues include the Dallas Cowboys giant AT&T Stadium in Arlington and the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium. Seven of the 11 venues named Thursday have hosted the Super Bowl.

The Kansas City Chiefs Aerohead Stadium – the world’s tallest stadium according to the Guinness Book of World Records – also made the cut.

NFL venues in Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Boston and Philadelphia were also on the list.

However, there was no place for Washington DC in the list of places. This means that the 2026 tournament will be the first World Cup in West Germany since the 1974 final, without the host capital.

Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief competition and events officer, acknowledged Washington’s absence following the “incredibly competitive” bidding process.

“It was a difficult choice,” Smith said. “It’s hard to imagine the World Cup coming to the United States and the capital city not playing a significant role.”

Smith, meanwhile, said some NFL venues would need minor modifications to expand the “punch points” but said the stadium’s capacity would not be affected.

“The number of spectators experiencing this World Cup is probably double what we used to have,” he said.

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“Attendance at the 1994 World Cup is a record – and it will be out of the water.”

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