South Florida selected Miami Garden’s Hard Rock Station as one of the 16 sites in the United States, Canada and Mexico to host games for 2026. South Florida has never hosted a World Cup match before.
“This is incredible. This is generational,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said. “The last time that the U.S. had a World Cup was in ’94, so this is literally a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
In addition to South Florida, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, New York, Boston and Philadelphia will host.
Vancouver and Toronto will host in Canada and Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey will host in Mexico.
“What’s great about soccer and the World Cup is that it’s an international and global sport, but also where you feel a sense of patriotism to your own country.” Suarez said. “So, you combine the two very strong emotions, very strong things, where is the emotion that one has for the sport and the emotion that one has for their country, which I think makes it unique and particular special.”
A 2018 U. S. soccer study reports that host cities could see $160-$620 million in incremental economic activity by hosting World Cup matches. FIFA expanded the 2026 World field from 32 teams to 48, meaning more games to go around. There will be 16 groups with 3 teams each. The top two teams in each group will advance to the 32-team knockout tournament. There will be 80 total World Cup matches.
As a host nation, the United States will receive automatic qualification for the 2026 competition.
“We are the perfect place” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. “We’ve got the Stadium that’s set up for a soccer match. We’ve got the fan base. We’re the gateway to Latin America. We’ve got the sun and the fun. We have all the amenities. Our airport is equipped. It just totally makes sense, so we’re super, super excited. It will be a real boost for us here in Miami-Dade. Our tourism, our visitors, our jobs, our investments and the growth of soccer.”