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Will Houston Host World Cup Matches In 2026?

Houston’s one of 17 American cities vying for 10 spots when the matches are played in North America.


The World Cup trophy on display prior to the final match between France and Croatia in 2018.


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Houston is one of 17 American cities that’s a finalist to host matches when the FIFA World Cup is held in North America in 2026.

The United States, Canada and Mexico will all host games — but which American cities has yet to be decided, and there are only 10 spots. It's not clear when FIFA will make its decision.

This week, business leaders, soccer experts and marketers will meet to discuss Houston’s efforts to host the huge international event.

The exterior of the George R. Brown Convention Center during Super Bowl Live events.

Houston, of course, is no stranger to hosting big sporting events. In just the last few years, the city has hosted a Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four and three World Series games.

So, what lessons could Houston take from those experiences in order to make a case for hosting World Cup matches?

All host cities have to meet specific guidelines for FIFA, such as airport access, hotel availability, transportation and stadium requirements.

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Metro’s Super Bowl train with the Houston skyline in the background.

In the audio above, economist Victor Matheson from College of the Holy Cross talks with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about what economic benefit cities truly gain when they host such major sporting events.

Then, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Chris Canetti, who heads the committee making the bid. Canetti formerly served as president of the Houston Dynamo and Dash soccer clubs.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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