North American 2026 World Cup bid releases 23 cities for hosting duties

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The committee has named the prospective cities for the 2026 bid, with FIFA selecting 16 if should the bid be successful

The North American 2026 World Cup bid committee have released the 23 cities available for hosting duties during the event.

The 17 of the cities are in the United States with three each from Mexico and Canada, with the committee finalizing the selections ahead of Friday’s submission deadline.

The 23 were selected from an original list of 44 cities. Should FIFA select the joint-three country bid for the 2026 games, the international governing body will further trim the list down to 16.

Two big omissions from the list are Chicago, which is the home of U.S. Soccer’s headquarters, and Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final.

Both cities withdrew from consideration with announcements earlier Thursday.

For the United States, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Jersey/New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. are the cities selected.

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Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton are the Canadian host cities while Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey are Mexico’s submissions.

While it appeared for a while as if the North American bid likely be the winner, recent weeks have seen reports that momentum is gathering behind Morocco’s attempt to host the 2026 tournament. The decision will be made June 13.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature the expanded format of 48 teams, up from the 32 that the format has been since the 1998 tournament in Germany.

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