Friday Newsletter: I Handicap the U.S. Field for World Cup 2026 Host Cities
Plus My Answers to Your Mailbag Questions
The host cities for World Cup 2026 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico are now expected to be announced at the earliest in mid-June in New York City after the men’s FIFA window is over. I made some calls this week to people who are informed about the process so I could get a better sense of which cities are likely to land World Cup games.
Nothing is certain yet, obviously, but I came away with a much better sense of the landscape right now.
One thing everyone agrees on is that the bid city committees are all suffering from fatigue and the overly long nature of the process. World Cup ‘26 was awarded to the three co-host countries in June 2018, so there was plenty of time to get things moving before Covid hit hard in March 2020. That didn’t happen, however.
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