2026 WORLD CUP FOOTBALL

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Announcement of the 2026 FIFA World Cup schedule

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).


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FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIcation

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.


2026 HOST CITies & STADIUMS

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.