Miami and Orlando may host World Cup games as North America wins 2026 bid
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) —
In 2026, North America will once again host the biggest soccer tournament in the world. In an unprecedented World Cup, three countries will host games - the United States, Canada and Mexico. And South Florida is expected to be a part of it all.
The North America contingent was chosen Wednesday over the group from Morocco - meaning there will be World Cup games on American soil for the first time since 1994. As part of the proposal, 17 American cities, 3 Mexican cities and 3 Canadian cities were chosen as possible host sites. While that number will be whittled down from 23 to 16, both Orlando and Miami are expected to be attractive sites to host games.
Orlando was one of the 9 cities that hosted in 1994, and Hard Rock Stadium has hosted major international soccer events since being renovated.
The United States is guaranteed 60 of the 80 games, including all from the quarterfinals onward.
In 2026, the World Cup field will be expanded from 32 to 48. Usually a host country automatically gets in to the World Cup, but FIFA has not announced yet if the United States, Canada and Mexico will all get automatic bids for their host event.