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The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be held in North America: in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. At the 2026 World Cup Football finals there is a record number of 48 participating countries. Having three host countries is also a first in World Cup Soccer history. There will be 16 host cities: 2 in Canada, 3 in Mexico, and 11 in the United States. The 23rd edition of the FIFA World Cup™ will begin Sunday, May 31, 2026 and end with the final on Sunday, July 19, 2026. The qualifiers will start in 2023 and end in 2025-2026. The 48 teams will play 104 matches in total at the North American finals of this international association football competition. The 2026 World Cup was awarded to North America on June 13, 2018.

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UPDATE: FIFA has announced on Tuesday 14 March 2023 that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will start with twelve groups of four. The knockout phase starts with the sixteenth finals. This means that a total of 104 matches are scheduled for the World Cup in North America. The tournament in the three host countries, United States, Mexico and Canada, lasts 40 game days. The opening match is on Sunday, May 31, 2026. The final of the World Cup is on Sunday, July 19, 2026.

From the group stage, the numbers one, numbers two and the eight best numbers three advance to the next round; the sixteenth finals.

FIFA announced this schedule change at the FIFA Council, Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Kigali, Rwanda. During that meeting, the international match calendars were approved.

The original plan for sixteen groups of three countries for the World Cup in North America has been cancelled.

The World Cup has 48 countries for the first time. During the previous World Cup, in 2022, there were 32 teams. They were then equally divided into eight groups. The World Cup in Qatar lasted 29 days, eleven days less than the 40 match days during the upcoming event in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Further on this page and website you will find the original information. However, as mentioned, the plans for the format have now been changed from sixteen groups of three into to twelve groups of four.

The exact further dates, times and schedule of the matches will be released at a later date. The qualification stage starts in 2023 and ends in 2025, divided into six continental football zones worldwide: CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), CAF (Africa), AFC (Asia), UEFA (Europe), and OFC (Oceania).

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Western Region:

Vancouver (BC Place Stadium)
Seattle (Lumen Field)
San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
Los Angeles Inglewood (SoFi Stadium)
Guadalajara (Estadio Akron)

Central Region:

Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Houston (NRG Stadium)
Monterrey (BBVA Bancomer Stadium)
Mexico City (Azteca Stadium)

Eastern Region:

Toronto (BMO Field)
Boston (Gillette Stadium)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)


2026 World Cup: 48 countries, 16 groups, 6 stages, 104 matches

At the World Cup football, during the finals in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, there will also be several time zones. The final tournament will have 104 matches due to the number of 48 participating countries and the format of twelve groups of four, followed by the sixteenth finals. The maximum number of participating country teams at the FIFA World Cup Soccer has been 32 so far. At the 2026 edition, the first round, the group stage, consists of twelve groups of four countries. This already makes up 72 matches on the schedule. The knockout stage starts with the round of 32 (the 16th finals).

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2026 World Cup host cities and stadiums: from 22 to 16

The 2026 FIFA World Cup has sixteen host cities (and stadiums). These are divided out as follows: 11 World Cup cities in the United States, 2 World Cup cities in Canada and 3 World Cup cities in Mexico. In July 2021, Montreal (Canada) withdrew as a contender. There have been 22 most recent candidate FIFA World Cup 2026 host cities, of which seventeen are located in the United States; six of them have dropped out at June 16, 2022. The outcome of the FIFA selection process has also dropped out one candidate host in Canada. The mentioned decision date had been delayed as a consequence of the postponed FIFA visits to the cities, due to the Covid pandemic. The announcement was originally supposed to be in 2021.

World Cup final: Sunday 19 July 2026

The 2026 FIFA World Cup final in North America will take place on Sunday, July 19, 2026, possibly in New York/New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium. The opening match of the World Cup on Sunday, May 31, 2026 will be held in Los Angeles (Rose Bowl) – Update June 16, 2022: the Rose Bowl has not been selected as a host city or in Mexico City (Azteca Stadium). The aforementioned information is subject to final decisions and is part of the successful Bid United of the host countries: the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

2026 World Cup football draw and final draw

The Preliminary Draws of the World Cup 2026 soccer are planned from 2023 onwards, where applicable in the different FIFA zones. These draws determine the grouping of the qualifying zones of the world’s football continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Oceania, and North, Central America and the Caribbean. The FIFA World Cup final draw is planned to take place by the end of 2025.

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2026 World Cup format

For a general summary of the World Cup format of the 2026 edition in North America – the most important things you should know – please click on previous link. Click on qualification format in order to get to know the format regarding the qualifiers of all FIFA-members from AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, and OFC. As mentioned, the qualification period for the 2026 finals runs from 2023 to 2025-2026. You can also find information about the final 104 matches at the 2026 North American World Cup stadiums: the schedule and final tournament format consisting of the group stage, round of 32, round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, match for third and fourth place, and the final.

Soccer World Championship North America

The FIFA World Cup takes place every four years, with Argentina being the reigning world champion (2022). In 2022, the new football world champion was crowned in Qatar, led by top star Lionel Messi. Argentina will therefore kick off the qualifying series of the 2026 World Cup in North America as a titleholder. The 23rd FIFA World Cup will celebrate its 96th anniversary in 2026.

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World Cup Football Qualifiers North America, Central America, Caribbean

Qualification North America, Central America, Caribbean

In North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the FIFA qualifiers run from March 18, 2024 to November 18, 2025. Six, seven or eight of the 32 participating CONCACAF nations qualify, joining hosts USA, Canada and Mexico.

World Cup Football Qualifiers South America

FIFA World Cup football Qualification South America

In South America, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers run from September 7, 2023 to September 9, 2025. A total of 10 CONMEBOL nations participate. Six to seven South American countries will qualify. There is one single round.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Europe

FIFA World Cup football qualification Europe

In Europe, the qualifiers run from March 17, 2025 to March 31, 2026. A total of 55 (of 54) UEFA nations participate. Sixteen European countries will qualify. There is one group stage (Round 1), followed by the European play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Asia

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Asia

In Asia, the World Cup qualification runs from October 12, 2023 to November, 2025. A total of 46 AFC nations participate. Eight or nine Asian countries will qualify. There are three qualifying rounds, before the play-offs.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Africa

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Africa

In Africa, the World Cup football qualifiers run from November 13, 2023 to November 18, 2025. A total of 54 CAF nations participate. Nine or ten African countries will qualify. There are two qualification rounds.

World Cup Football Qualifiers Oceania

FIFA World Cup football Qualification Oceania

In Oceania, the FIFA qualifiers for the World Cup football run from September, 2024 to March, 2025. Eleven OFC nations participate. One or two Oceanic countries qualify. There are three qualification rounds.


Host Cities USA

The 2026 American Dream: the United States is one of the three hosts of the FIFA World Cup Soccer in North America. The USA is the host country with the most - eleven - host cities.

Host Cities Canada

With Vancouver, and Toronto, Canada has two host cities for the world's football finals in North America in 2026. Get more information about the characteristics of these exciting and diverse, dynamic cities.

Host Cities Mexico

With Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico has three candidate host cities for the World Cup in 2026. Each host with its specific ambience, history, attractions, hotspots and other features.

Stadiums USA

The United States will have eleven stadiums for the FIFA 2026 World Cup. Click for more information about these fantastic and modern venues in the USA, and which matches they will host.

Stadiums Canada

During the 2026 World Cup finals, these are the two venues in Canada: BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, and BMO Field in Toronto. Find out more about these attractive Canadian stadiums.

Stadiums Mexico

In Mexico, the FIFA 2026 World Cup will take place in these stadiums: Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City and the BBVA Bancomer Stadium in Monterrey.