United 2026 bid update

On July 6, 2017, the United States Soccer Federation, along with the Canadian Soccer Association and Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, formed an unprecedented United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ throughout North America. This unique partnership was designed to handle the expanded 48-team format.

During the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13, 2018, FIFA’s member associations, for the first time, were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the world’s biggest sporting event. The North American contingent was chosen overwhelmingly.

The Denver 2026 Bid Committee formed in June 2019 and is vying to become a host city for multiple matches. FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from a slate of 23 candidates.

“The number and diversity of cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States represent the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. It further demonstrates the United Bid's commitment to welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of football where every one of the 48 teams will be playing in some of the world's largest and most advanced facilities,” said a statement by the United Bid.

2026 FIFA World Cup Facts and Figures*

48
Teams
80
Matches
1100 +
PLAYERS
$ 14 B
Projected revenue
$ 11 B
Projected profit
$ 5 B
Projected economic impact
$ 5 M
Projected ticket sales
*Provided by the United Bid

2026 FIFA World Cup bid timeline

July 6

2017

Soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico form an unprecedented joint bid effort to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ throughout North America.

Sept 7

2017

Forty-one North American cities submit bids to serve as host cities.

Oct 4

2017

United Bid Committee announces 32 prospective host cities.

Mar 15

2018

Final list of 23 candidate host cities (3 in Canada, 3 in Mexico and 17 in the United States) is announced. It’s the most comprehensive, diverse and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event.

June 13

2018

At the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, the United Bid is voted to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, a first in 32 years for North America.

June

2019

Denver Bid Committee forms.

Q1

2021

Announcement of the actual host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. It’s the first time it will feature 48 teams.

  • United Bid
    Committee formed

    July 6

    2017

  • 41 cities submit

    Sept 7

    2017

  • 32 prospective
    cities announced

    Oct 4

    2017

  • 23 final prospective
    cities announced

    Mar 15

    2018

  • United Bid
    selected

    June 13

    2018

  • Denver Bid
    Committee formed

    June

    2019

  • Final host cities
    announced

    Q1

    2021