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The 2026 FIFA World Cup sites were announced on Thursday.

One of the largest sporting events in the world is played in North America.

Matches will be played in stadiums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The Cup is divided into three regions, where matches are played:

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Western region

Interior view of Sophie Stadium during the Super Bowl LVI between Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengal on February 13, 2022 in England, California.

Interior view of Sophie Stadium during the Super Bowl LVI between Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengal on February 13, 2022 in England, California.
(AP Photo / Quesang Gong, File)

  • Vancouver, Canada (BC Palace)
  • Seattle, Washington (Lumenfield)
  • Santa Clara, California (Lewis Stadium)
  • Los Angeles, California (SoFi Stadium)
  • Guadalajara, Mexico (Acron Stadium)

Central Region

Fans watch the start of the NFL game inside the AT & T Stadium between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.

Fans watch the start of the NFL game inside the AT & T Stadium between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.
(AP photo / Tony Gutierrez, file)

  • Kansas City, Missouri (Yarrow Head Stadium)
  • Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium)
  • Atlanta, Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
  • Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium)
  • Monterrey, Mexico (BBVA Stadium)
  • Mexico City, Mexico (Aztec Stadium)

Eastern region

Aerial view of Metlife Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, June 20, 2014.

Aerial view of Metlife Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, June 20, 2014.
(AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

  • Toronto, Canada (BMO field)
  • Foxborough, Massachusetts (Gillette Stadium)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Financial Field)
  • Miami Gardens, Florida (Hard Rock Stadium)
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey (Metlife Stadium)

It will be the first 48-nation World Cup to grow from the 32-team system used since 1998. There are 16 groups in the three countries. Each team plays two first-round games instead of three, with one country in each group starting over an opponent who has already played.

The first two teams in each group advance to the knockout bracket of 32 countries.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy was presented on May 16, 2022 at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center in Kuwait City.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy was presented on May 16, 2022 at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center in Kuwait City.
(Yasser Al-Jayat / AFP by Getty Images)

The US will host 60 of the 80 matches FIFA plans to play, including all matches from the quarter-final round of the knockout stage. This is the first time since 1994 that the men’s team has hosted the US World Cup, two years before Major League Soccer hosted its first season.

Mexico will be the first country to host the World Cup three different times. Canada is hosting the Men’s World Cup for the first time.

US players practice during practice for the Women's World Cup Soccer Final on July 4, 2015 at the BC Place Open Roof in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

US players practice during practice for the Women’s World Cup Soccer Final on July 4, 2015 at the BC Place Open Roof in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

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The 2022 World Cup kicks off in Doha, Qatar at the end of the year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.