The announcement of the 2026 FIFA World Cup schedule is on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The FIFA World Cup matches, which FIFA announces during a special live TV broadcast, are scheduled for June and July 2026. The final of the FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the US is on Sunday, July 19, 2026. The tournament consists out of 104 matches in total, made up of 72 group matches and 32 knockout matches.
FIFA and the organizing committee will announce the 2026 World Cup schedule in a special broadcast. Football fans can follow this broadcast live in all three host countries: Canada, Mexico and the US. You can also see the meeting with the announcement of the final fixtures via live stream. See the FIFA social media channels, the FIFA website and FIFA+.
Announcement of the World Cup football schedule and allocation to host cities
In addition to the announcement of the FIFA World Cup Schedule, FIFA also largely announces which matches will take place in which host cities. This includes the locations of the opening matches in the three host countries. It also includes the cities where Canada, Mexico and the United States will play in their group, and the location of the World Cup Football final.
World Cup football host cities
The host cities of the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States are Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.
World Cup football schedule consists of 104 matches
The 2026 FIFA World Cup schedule starts with a unique number of participating countries: 48 in total. The tournament also consists of a record number of groups: 12 in total. Each group consists of four countries. After this first phase, a total of 32 countries will advance to the knockout phase. This second round starts with the sixteenth finals. The 2026 World Cup ends via the eighth finals, quarter-finals and semi-finals with the final on Sunday, July 19. A total of 104 World Cup football matches are scheduled for 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States. More information: see Football World Cup schedule.
Broadcast of the announcement of the World Cup schedule
In addition to FIFA+ and the social media channels of the world football association, the upcoming announcement of the World Cup schedule can also be seen live via the TV channels of TSN, CTV and RDS (in Canada), Televisa (in Mexico) and FOX and Telemundo (in the United States).