This Thursday, FIFA officials selected Houston as one of the North American cities to host the World Cup games in 2026.
Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 this November, the international governing body of soccer has officially named the FIFA World Cup 2026 host cities. In their televised announcement on Fox Sports 1, FIFA officials named select cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico cities.
— Houston 2026 WorldCup (@Hou2026WorldCup) June 16, 2022
The 2026 games will be the third time the World Cup will have been played in Mexico, the second time in the United States of America, and the first time in Canadian history.
The ongoing list of host cities include:
- Vancouver, Canada
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Quadalajara, Mexico
- Kansas City
- Monterrey, Mexico
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Toronto, Canada
- New York, New Jersey
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— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2022
The 10 US cities will host 60 matches – including the quarterfinals, semis, and finals. Mexico and Canada will both host 10 matches.
In its bid to be a host city, Houston’s profile on the FIFA website reads:
“As one of the most diverse destinations in America, the city will utilize the power of the FIFA World Cup™ to bring communities together to showcase the city to the world, providing a once-in-a lifetime experience for Houstonians, and leveraging the spirit of the event to leave a lasting legacy to football in the United States.”
The World Cup is coming to Houston! pic.twitter.com/klqXrb8P87
— Houston Astros (@astros) June 16, 2022
Houston matches will reportedly be held at NRG Stadium.