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Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey will be the three Mexicans of the 16 cities that will host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA announced on Thursday.
The World Cup will be held simultaneously for the first time that year in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The United States will have 11 of the 16 World Cup cities, Mexico with three and Canada with two.
And Mexico will set a new record by becoming the first country to host the World Cup three times (1970, 1986, 2026).
A total of 22 cities had signed up to host the World Cup matches.
“It was very difficult. All cities [candidatas] They’ve done a fantastic job, but we had to make a selection,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said at the announcement.
The headquarters in Mexico will be:
- Mexico City
The United States locations are in:
- San Francisco
- The Angels
- Kansas City
- New York/New Jersey
FIFA has not announced where the opening and final of the 2026 World Cup will take place, something that is highly anticipated as it has been announced that there will be three host countries.
“We will take our time for that decision,” said FIFA head Gianni Infantino. The choice of the 16 cities responds to FIFA’s desire to “ensure that fans don’t have to travel a lot, so that everyone has a fantastic experience,” Infantino said.
Qatar 2022, which starts on November 21, will be the last World Cup under the current format of 32 teams. After playing three matches in the group stage, the two teams with the best results from each group qualify for the round of 16.
It is expected that from the 2026 World Cup, in which 48 teams will participate, changes will be made to the qualification system. Although FIFA has not yet given any information about it.
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