2026 World Cup

The 2026 World Cup schedule and locations revealed. Image: AFP

REVEALED: 2026 World Cup fixtures and locations!

MetLife Stadium scores 2026 World Cup final! FIFA unveils full schedule: 48 teams, 16 cities, 1 epic tournament across North America.

2026 World Cup

The 2026 World Cup schedule and locations revealed. Image: AFP

Football fans around the world, rejoice! The official schedule and host cities for the 2026 World Cup are here! This biggest edition yet, featuring 48 teams, will see matches played across 16 cities in Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

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MetLife Stadium to Host Prestigious 2026 World Cup Final

MetLife Stadium, home to the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets, has emerged victorious in the bid to host the prestigious 2026 World Cup final on July 19th. This iconic New Jersey venue, with its 82,500-seat capacity, will witness the culmination of this month-long football extravaganza.

Big Apple Buzzing for the 2026 World Cup

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy actively campaigned for MetLife Stadium, highlighting the region’s international appeal and robust infrastructure.

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Their efforts secured the final for the Greater New York Area, promising an electrifying atmosphere for the global 2026 World Cup spectacle.

Mexico City Kicks Off the Festivities

The 2026 World Cup kicks off on June 11, 2026, with the historic Estadio Azteca hosting the opening match.

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This legendary stadium, with its capacity of 83,000, has already hosted World Cup opening matches and finals in 1970 and 1986 respectively, making it a fitting venue to launch this landmark edition of the tournament.

A Pan-North American Journey

The World Cup promises a truly pan-North American experience. The United States will utilize 11 stadiums across the country, with AT&T Stadium in Dallas hosting the most games (nine).

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Mexico will have three host cities (Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey), while Canada will proudly welcome the world to Toronto and Vancouver for the first time in a World Cup.

Key Dates and Locations for the 2026 World Cup

  • Opening Match: June 11, 2026, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
  • United States’ first match: June 12, 2026, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
  • Round of 32: Matches in all host cities except Guadalajara and Philadelphia, with Los Angeles and Dallas hosting two each.
  • Round of 16: Vancouver, Seattle, Mexico City, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and East Rutherford
  • Quarterfinals: Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami, and Boston
  • Semifinals: Dallas and Atlanta
  • Third-place playoff: Miami
  • Final: July 19, 2026, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

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Mark your calendars and prepare for an unforgettable 2026 World Cup experience! The tournament promises to be a global celebration of the beautiful game, with the iconic MetLife Stadium serving as the grand stage for the final showdown. Get ready to witness history in the making at the 2026 World Cup!