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2026 World Cup | Draw Final Round

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The Final Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2026 is intended to take place by the end of 2025. This globally watched major event will be hosted in either the San Francisco Bay Area or in Los Angeles. The draw is composed of 12 pools, with each pool containing the names of four countries. This Draw also determines the schedule for the World Cup Finals games of 2026.

This Final Draw will be attended by representatives of the 48 member soccer associations whose national teams have managed to qualify for the final round in North America.

Optional locations for the Final Draw

Optional locations for the final draw are the Chase Center, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the SAP Center in San Jose. Another optional Final Draw venue, welcoming the elite group of 48 qualified countries and all the world’s spectators on tv and online, will be the L.A. LIVE Event Spaces.

How will the draw for the 2026 Football World Cup work?

You can find out here how the draw for the 2026 Football World Cup works, as soon as that information is available. This includes information about the ‘pot’ division, which countries have qualified for the 2026 World Cup and how the draw is structured. A unique aspect of this is that the format, for the first time ever, is designed to accommodate a total of 48 national teams. You can also find the times here: what time does the draw for the World Cup start? There will also be more ‘trivial’ information available, like which celebrities in and outside of football will do the draw – an event that will be watched by as many as a billion people? There are several reasons for the BID to have proposed the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles as the location for the draw. Both cities have the necessary, ultramodern conference facilities and capacities to properly and spectacularly highlight this live, worldwide-broadcast event. Moreover, their international airports are equipped to accommodate the influx of guests. After the 2026 World Cup draw, guests can then travel straight from there to their country’s drawn host city or cities, with plenty of time to explore the city.

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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.