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The USA is mad about both sports and football, or in their terms, soccer. In the country of American Football, ice hockey, basketball, tennis, and baseball, soccer is also high on the list of the most popular sports. The United States even hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994. Its national league, the Major Soccer League, is not only a hub for the very best American soccer players but also an appealing gathering point for football celebrities from all over the world.

With the 2026 World Cup as an unprecedented ‘lever’, the United States wants to make the sport of soccer even more popular at home, but above all, accessible to everyone. Anyone who wants to play, regardless of their gender, rank, position or skill level, should be able to take advantage of all the opportunities and the requisite facilities to experience that kind of fun. The 1994 World Cup has already shown that it is possible to achieve good results in this regard as well. At the time, the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA prompted twice as many youth members and, among other things, the establishment of the MLS. The number of hours devoted to football on television also received a considerable – even tenfold – boost.

USA: hosts of world’s major soccer tournaments and matches

The US is used to organizing and holding the biggest sports events, with huge numbers of spectators, which also includes soccer. The stadiums that are suitable to host the World Cup in 2026 are extremely modern, and the organization around them is extremely professional. In addition to the MLS and FIFA’s 1994 global football tournament, the country has hosted many other major tournaments and matches in this sport. This includes the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Copa America, the Copa Centenario in 2016, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup editions in 1999 and 2003.

Major Soccer League

Major League Soccer is a ‘first-class’ league consisting of 24 teams. With the exception of only five other leagues, the MLS draws the largest average number of spectators per match. As a result, this competition is also very interesting for investors.

US National Men’s and Women’s achievements

The national teams have also recently made their way into the spotlight, as well. For example, the USA’s national women’s team has been able to bring home the women’s football World Cup to American fans no less than four times: in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019. Moreover, the U.S. women’s soccer team has won the Olympic gold medal just as many times. The national men’s team has only missed out on one World Cup since 1990 – since then, they have been present at the FIFA World Cups in 1990 (group stage), 1994 (round of 16), 1998 (group stage), 2002 (quarterfinals), 2006 (group stage), 2010 (round of 16), 2014 (round of 16), and at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (eighth finals).

Cobi Jones is the USA’s most capped player with 164 caps.

The all-time top scorer of the national team is Landon Donovan with 57 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.