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FIFA prepares to announce 2026 World Cup host cities on Thursday

In total, FIFA, world football’s governing body, is expected to announce 16 host cities, including 10 in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico.

FIFA announced in April that Vancouver, Canada, had submitted a successful late application to be considered a host city, leaving 22 candidates in total.

These are the candidate cities across the three countries eagerly awaiting Thursday’s decision: Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore/Washington DC, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver.

The announcement will begin at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.

“Over the past months, we have had open exchanges with the nominated host cities on a number of different topics,” said Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief tournament and events officer, in a statement last month. “We are so grateful and impressed with how dedicated and creative they are all.

“The host cities will be absolutely essential to ensuring the tournament’s success. We look forward to working with them to deliver what will undoubtedly be the biggest World Cup in history.”

This will be the second time that the United States will host the World Cup after the first in 1994, and the third time for Mexico, which also hosted it in 1970 and 1984. It will be the first time that a men’s World Cup match will be held in Canada. Although the country hosted the Women’s World Cup in 2015.

Host cities that have succeeded in their bids can reap huge financial benefits, according to 2018 American Football Studywith more than $5 billion in economic activity created in North America.

The study said that those cities that were selected to host the World Cup matches may witness an economic activity estimated at 160-620 million dollars.

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