These Countries Will Host the FIFA World Cup in 2026 and 2030; See the Complete List Here.
Fans from around the world have already begun to research the host nations and venues for these tournaments.
With the conclusion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, won by Argentina after a 36-year drought, all eyes are now on the 2026 and 2030 FIFA World Cups.
In 2026, the United States, Canada, and Mexico are scheduled to co-host the FIFA World Cup. By providing platforms for 48 nations, these North American nations will host the tournament in a completely new and expanded format. Before it was finalized, this brand-new format was initially the subject of debate.
When is the Next World Cup?
It is anticipated that the 23rd FIFA World Cup will be held in June and July of 2026, with an expanded format due to the increase in teams to 48.
The decision to increase the number of qualifying teams was initially criticized, primarily by UEFA nations, but FIFA stood by its decision regarding all aspects of the North American tournament.
Current FIFA regulations permit any nation/national FA to submit a bid for the 2030 World Cup, provided that it has not previously hosted the tournament twice, with Europe and Latin America being the most likely candidates to assume the responsibility.
Where is the 2026 World Cup?
The United States, Canada, and Mexico, who will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, will host certain group-stage matches in a single country to reduce travel.
Canada has confirmed two venues, Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and BMO Field in Toronto. Additionally, three venues in Mexico have been confirmed, including Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Estadio BBVA in Monterrey, and Estadio Akron in Guadalajara.
The majority of games will be played in the United States, with Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, New York/New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami selected from a list of 17 potential options provided by tournament organizers.
Where is the 2030 World Cup?
Several distinct regions have confirmed their interest in hosting the competition in 2030, even though a decision is not expected until 2024.
Morocco declared their intention to host the tournament in North Africa early on, while a combined bid from Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile in South America would bring the tournament back to its roots, 100 years after the inaugural World Cup was held in Uruguay.
Spain and Portugal announced their joint bid in October 2020, making it official with a statement issued during a friendly international match between the two nations.
In a controversial move, Ukraine was officially added to the bid as a third potential host country. Given that the country is currently in the midst of a protracted conflict with Russia, which is destroying its infrastructure and economy, it is natural that this announcement has raised eyebrows.
A second triple-host bid from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Greece is believed to be among the other most likely candidates to win the hosting rights, although it has not yet been officially announced.
FIFA World Cup Host Rotation
After the 1950 World Cup, FIFA implemented a policy of rotating World Cup hosting duties in response to political and sporting pressure.
After consecutive World Cups in Europe in the 1930s in Italy, CONEMBOL (South America) and UEFA (Europe) were the two dominant federations within the developing tournament. FIFA was eager to keep both sides satisfied.
The policy of direct rotation between Europe and Latin America lasted until 1970, when Mexico (CONCACAF) was added, followed by Japan and South Korea in 2002 (AFC) and South Africa in 2010 (CAF) (CAF).
However, FIFA confirmed its intention to end the policy after the 2018 World Cup, as member federations were not always prepared to take their turn when required, resulting in the rejection of suitable bids.