As a part of the following stage of the venue selection process, FIFA has offered additional data to the 23 candidate host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2026™ in Canada, Mexico and the United States relating to the timeline with deadlines set for 2021, topic to any restrictions associated to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following on from the data-change section initiated final yr, FIFA and the host associations will organise digital one-on-one conferences with every stadium to debate infrastructural facets from the top of February 2021 onwards.
From April 2021, FIFA and the host associations will launch focused digital discussions with every candidate host metropolis.
Bearing in thoughts the continuously altering circumstances with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA and the host associations are aiming to begin the venue visits within the candidate host cities in the beginning of July 2021. In holding with FIFA’s coverage of following the suggestions of the well being authorities within the context of the pandemic, the visits will solely happen if the well being and security scenario within the host nations permits FIFA to take action.
Provided the aforementioned venue visits are performed, FIFA and the host associations purpose to have the host cities appointed by the FIFA Council within the final quarter of 2021.
As per the main target areas for evaluation shared in the course of the candidate host metropolis workshops final yr, whereas stadiums stay the muse for the profitable internet hosting of a FIFA World Cup, FIFA considers that offering key infrastructure and companies (each sporting and basic) and realising the business potential of every venue, in addition to when it comes to sustainability, human rights and occasion legacy, is of the utmost significance.
In line with FIFA’s strategic goal of constructing soccer actually international, the FIFA World Cup 2026 would be the first-ever version of the competitors to characteristic 48 groups.