Thirty-two cities including Tampa, across Canada, Mexico and the United States could serve as official host cities in the 2026 World Cup.
— Rob Higgins (@RHiggins_TBSC) October 4, 2017
The United Bid Committee said that during the next stage of the bid process, it will integrate the 32 potential host cities into the united bid strategy and vision, as well as work with local officials to finalize the hosting documents required by FIFA.
“As we move to the next stage of the bid process, we’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup™ in history and help accelerate the growth of soccer across North America and around the world,” said United Bid Chairman Sunil Gulati. “We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before. Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honor the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept.”
According to the U.S. Soccer website, the Official Host City selection process takes into account various factors such as city profile, stadium and support facilities (training sites, hotels) and services (e.g., transportation). The United Bid Committee also looked at ways each city could contribute to a united hosting strategy for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ including their contribution to the sport's development and the United Bid’s vision – not only during the tournament, but in the eight-year build up and the social, economic, and environmental legacy.
The 32 potential host cities are:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Mexico City, Mexico
Monterrey, Nuevo León
United States (25)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
New York/New Jersey
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Francisco Bay Area