As part of the venues selection process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup ™, co-organized in Canada, the United States and Mexico, the 23 Candidate Cities were provided with new information by the governing body, including the 2021 calendar which remains subject to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the wake of the information exchange phase initiated last year, FIFA and the host associations will organize from February 2021 individual online meetings with representatives from each of the stadiums to discuss various infrastructural aspects.
From April 2021, they will then begin virtual discussions with the teams in charge of applications in the cities concerned.
In view of a constantly evolving context due to the Covid-19 pandemic, FIFA and the host associations aspire to be able to organize site inspection visits at the beginning of July 2021. FIFA remains keen to respect the recommendations of the health authorities, these visits will only take place if the host countries offer the necessary guarantees in terms of health and safety.
In the event that inspection visits could be carried out, FIFA and the host associations expect that the FIFA Council can designate the host cities during the last quarter of 2021.
The areas to be assessed were communicated during the candidate host city seminars held last year. If the stadiums are the basis for the success of a World Cup, FIFA considers that the ability to offer first-rate infrastructures and services (at sporting as well as general level) and to exploit the commercial potential of each city is essential. of the utmost importance, along with the aspects of sustainable development, human rights and the heritage of the competition.
In line with FIFA’s strategic goal of making football truly World Cup, the 2026 World Cup will be the first edition to bring together 48 teams.