It’s official the FIFA World Cup is coming to Atlanta. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the largest edition of the world’s most popular sporting event yet, with 48 teams vying for soccer’s biggest prize in matches hosted across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The three nations won the right to host in 2018 after a yearlong bidding process. This unprecedented scale brings more attention to the already immensely popular competition, which has traditionally been contested by 32 teams and hosted by a single nation.
Atlanta United essentially since they joined MLS as an expansion team in 2017, have taken the league by storm. Atlanta held the MLS single-game attendance record for several years, with their MLS Cup 2018 triumph over the Portland Timbers drawing a crowd of 73,019 fans That was bested by Charlotte's FC inaugural home match this past March but ATLUTD games still litter the league’s attendance record books.
Atlanta is placed in the central region for 2026 World Cup purposes alongside Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Mexico City and Monterrey. The city’s one of 11 across the US that’ll host games, while there are three in Mexico and two in Canada. The finalist pool contained 22 candidates.
The World Cup hasn't been in USA since 1994. The 1994 World Cup is still the most ticketed World Cup in the history of World Cups.