The FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Council announced that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be hosted by United 2026, a coalition of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Boston becomes one of 23 candidate cities eligible to host tournament games between the three nations.
Massachusetts is home to professional sports teams such as the New England Revolution, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. About 30,000 athletes—amateur and international elite alike—compete each year in the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Numerous collegiate tournaments are held in Massachusetts each year, representing the best of amateur competition.
“Massachusetts is regarded as the State of Champions, and sports are an integral part of the Commonwealth’s identity,” said Business Development and International Trade Assistant3 Secretary Nam Pham. “Our robust fan base from the New England Revolution, collegiate teams and youth soccer leagues, along with our numerous ethnic communities around the state, will enthusiastically welcome all soccer teams from around the world.”
“When Boston was a host city during World Cup 1994, the economic benefits to the state’s tourism and hospitality industry were significant,” said Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) Executive Director Francois Laurent-Nivaud. “We are fully prepared to welcome 2026 FIFA World Cup to Massachusetts and the New England region, and to showcase our many cultural, historical, hospitality and educational assets.”
The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO), Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), City of Boston, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and the Kraft Group will collaborate closely on making Boston a host city for World Cup 2026.
According to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, the Commonwealth attracts 24.5 million domestic travelers, 1.7 million overseas and 634,000 Canadian travelers annually. These visitors spend $20.7 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and general retail trade. This direct spending generates $1.4 billion in state and local taxes, and supports 139,100 jobs in Massachusetts. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.
The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office works year round to strengthen the state’s sports community by bringing in world-class sporting events. For more information, visit masportsoffice.com.