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Atlanta | Host City World Cup 2026

2026 World Cup City Atlanta: a U.S. city hosting the World Cup in North America. The city in the USA is part of the sixteen cities that will host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the eleven US cities that have made a stadium available – Atlanta has the Mercedes-Benz Stadium – in addition to two Canadian and three Mexican host cities. Find here the most important information you will need, perhaps to visit the city in 2026. Information about buying tickets for this American World Cup Soccer city of play. Info about the time zone, tourist attractions, typical characteristics in the field of sports, football and culture. And more about what Atlanta has to offer visiting fans of the global finals in 2026.

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State: Georgia
City population: 498,044 (2018 est.)
Time zone: winter UTC-5 (EST), summer UTC-4 (EDT)
Altitude: 76-98 meters
Exp. temperature during the 2026 World Cup: between 20.1 – 31.7 °C
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Seating capacity: 71,000

Atlanta World Cup City – in brief

Atlanta is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia, also named the American capital of the New South. Serving as the main end station of a major railroad, Atlanta was founded in 1837. Since the 1960’s, this candidate Host City is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, where almost 6 million people work and live.

2026 World Cup Atlanta tourist hotspots

Atlanta attractions: these are the best tourist spots of World Cup Soccer City Atlanta, USA. Are you buying a ticket for one or more matches at the Mercedes Benz Stadium? These are the hotspots of Atlanta that, around the World Cup match, make your trip, visit and stay in the city even more fantastic.

See these tips with museums, parks, shopping centers, events, galleries, historical, cultural and/or musical experiences and other places of interest. They can be experienced in Atlanta, host of the World Cup 2026. The best attractions and the best things to do? Find here the best hotels, restaurants, theaters, concert halls, entertainment and activities to do in Atlanta. For children and adults. A useful quick summary. And if desired, click through to the official Atlanta Tourism and Visitors Guide.

  • Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour
    See how the news is made. Or catch a glimpse of a CNN anchor? Take the Inside CNN Studio Tour and get a unique view of the global headquarters of this news giant.
  • Georgia Aquarium
    The world’s largest aquarium. Featuring the world’s largest fish, whale sharks, as well as belugas, dolphin, otters and more. Escape into an underwater paradiseworld’s.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
    Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • High Museum of Art
    More than 11,000 permanent collections. Located in the middle of Midtown Atlanta’s Arts District. Also featuring high-profile traveling exhibits.
  • Stone Mountain Park
    Outdoor fun. Go hiking, biking or jogging, take in 18 holes of golf, complete the ropes course, catch a movie projected onto the mountain and enjoy the spectacular nightly laser show!
  • World of Coca-Cola
    Take in tons of Coca-Cola memorabilia and visit the tasting room, with more than 60 varieties of Coca-Cola from around the world. Taste the Secret Formula…
  • Downtown: Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta’s Centennial Park District
    Experience the legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games with the Fountain of Rings and many more activities.
  • SkyView Atlanta
    Huge Ferris wheel!
  • The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
    Wonderful for ages 2-8.
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
    Learn about the history of the American civil rights movement and contemporary human rights movements.
  • Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
  • Historische Fox Theatre
  • Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
    A fantastic interactive attraction with galleries…

Atlanta Travel & Tourism Guide from Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Atlanta Sports & Soccer City

Since the Atlanta Chiefs won the North American Soccer League in 1968, Atlanta has served as a host for major soccer games, for the final stages, and matches, of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the MLS All-Star Game and the Olympic Games (1996, where the U.S. Women’s National Team won the gold medal). Other than soccer, the Super Bowl, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four (basketball) and other events, such as the NBA and MLB All-Star Games, were held/hosted in Atlanta.

Atlanta team in MLS

Atlanta United FC joined the Major League Soccer in 2017. The MLS team holds the highest average home attendance record in this professional soccer league: 48,200 fans per game. Atlanta United FC’s home is the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where at the stadium’s opening 71,874 spectators attended the first match ever played there, which is an all-time record for a single MLS match audience.


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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.