Charlotte is now one of the 32 cities on the list of North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup.
The United Bid Committee announced the list on Wednesday, narrowing the field down to 25 cities in the United States, four cities in Canada and three cities in Mexico.
“As we move to the next stage of the bid process, we’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup™ in history and help accelerate the growth of soccer across North America and around the world,” said United Bid Chairman Sunil Gulati. “We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before. Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honor the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept.”
During the next stage, the committee will work to whittle the list further. Representatives from the 32 potential host cities will travel to Houston during the week of November 13 for a working session with the United Bid Committee.
Each of the 32 cities features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure that meets or exceeds the requirements outlined by FIFA for staging the World Cup. The United Bid Committee says they will continue to engage with the nine cities that are not advancing to the next stage of the process, noting that they, and others are still being considered as possible locations for team base camps or other competition-related venues or events leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The full list of potential host cities is listed below:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Mexico City, Mexico
Monterrey, Nuevo León
United States (25)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
New York/New Jersey
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Francisco Bay Area
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