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Passion and pure love for the game: in Mexico, a life without football is unimaginable. Whether it is the great performances by the national football team – present for a whopping seventeen times at the finals of the World Cup – or the organization of the World Cup in 1970 and 1986, the national football league with lively matches and emotional fans (La Primera División de México), or the great names of the national team of the past, such as the icon, Hugo Sanchez: it is safe to say that all of Mexico is very much looking forward to the new, major chapter in soccer history that will be added in 2026.

In 2019 Mexico won their 8th CONCACAF Gold Cup Final (1-0 against USA, goal scored by Jonathan dos Santos). Apart from that, just like its fellow host countries, the United States and Canada, Mexico wants to use the World Cup to further promote soccer. That objective includes giving Mexican talent every opportunity to grow into new icons and further innovating the training of coaches and other football instructors as well as the national football facilities. In addition, soccer-loving girls in Mexico are receiving plenty of attention so that they can start working towards their soccer dreams from an early age. One of the outcomes is the creation of the national women’s league, Liga MX Femenil, in 2017.

Performances Mexico (hosts in 1970 and 1986) at FIFA World Cup

With the FIFA World Cup 2026 in sight, Mexicans regularly revisit their memories, enjoying their FIFA World Cup past as a host country. Two legendary final tournaments took place in Mexico. It was Pelé who gave Brazil the world title with iconic performances in 1970. In 1986, it was Maradona who, on behalf of Argentina, did exactly the same to the eyes of the world. And now, in 2026, it might be time for Mexico to place higher than it ever has at the FIFA World Cup. Since 1930 up until 2022, the quarterfinals marked the best performances for Mexico so far, both times achieved at their home field (1970 and 1986). An interesting note: during the last seven out of eight World Cups (2022 not yet included), Mexico’s national football team reached the round of 16 each time. In 2022 Mexico, however, did not progress beyond the group stage.

Great national Mexican football talents

Mexico, which once organized the FIFA World Cup Under 17 in 2011, has already achieved exceptionally high rankings three times in a row in this age group of under 17-year-olds. The Mexican stars crowned themselves world champions in 2011 and also reached the finals in 2013. In 2015, they managed to finish in fourth place during this youth World Cup. In short, Mexico also experiences soccer intensely with its latest generation of players.

Claudio Suárez is Mexico’s most capped player with 177 caps.

The all-time top scorer of the national team is Javier Hernández with 52 goals.

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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.