CM – FIFA begins second leg of 2026 World Cup site inspections

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After the first visits in September, FIFA has started the second stage of its inspection tour of the venues for the 2026 World Cup candidates in North America.

From October 21 to November 1, a delegation will be chaired by the President the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani visit Kansas City, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle USA and Monterrey in Mexico.

On every visit The group will meet with local stakeholders and discuss key issues such as event management, infrastructure and sustainability, as well as commercial, legal and legacy matters.

The visits also include inspections of key infrastructure such as stadiums, training facilities and potential FIFA Fan Festival venues.

On first visit Boston, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington D. C., Baltimore, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami will be the governing body.

The remaining US and Mexican sites as well as those in Canada will be visited by the end of November for an evaluation and finalizing the selection process in the first half of 2022.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first edition with an expanded format with 48 teams, with the tournament expected to be played in 16 venues accepted 10 cities in the country vied.

It had been widely accepted that three venues in Canada and three in Mexico would complete the host cities.

However, complications began when Montreal, Canada pulled out of the process and only Edmonton and Toronto left the country.

Behind the scenes, US cities campaigned for an increase in the number of American en venues to fill the expected void created by Montreal’s retreat.

However, the actual location of the Games will be based on the number of Games played in each country rather than the number of host cities.

The staging agreement stipulates that 60 of these games will be played in the USA, 10 each in Mexico and Canada.

Owen Lloyd is a junior reporter at insidethegames.biz and has been with the team since 2021 . Lloyd previously worked with Badminton England on the All England Open Badminton Championships, covered the 2019 general election and hosted a radio show on local Voice FM. He graduated from Solent University with a 2-1 in sports journalism in 2021, where his final project examined diversity in rowing.

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