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World Cup 2026 stadiums
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The 2026 World Cup stadiums in North America are divided into sixteen venues and just as many host cities. On June 16, 2022, the remained amount of 22 candidate stadiums have officially been reduced to a total number of sixteen final stadiums and match locations, across the Western, Central and Eastern region. 11 of which are in the United States, 2 are in Canada, and the remaining 3 stadiums are located in Mexico.



Western Region:

BC Place Stadium (Vancouver) CANADA
Lumen Field (Seattle) USA
Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco Bay Area) USA
SoFi Stadium (Los Angeles) USA
Estadio Akron (Guadalajara) MEXICO

Central Region:

Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City) USA
AT&T Stadium (Dallas) USA
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta) USA
NRG Stadium (Houston) USA
BBVA Bancomer Stadium (Monterrey) MEXICO
Azteca Stadium (Mexico City) MEXICO

Eastern Region:

BMO Field (Toronto) CANADA
Gillette Stadium (Boston) USA
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia) USA
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami) USA
MetLife Stadium (New York/New Jersey) USA


The World Cup stadiums in the USA, Canada and Mexico have an average seating capacity of over 68,000. They will host a total of 48 teams playing 80 104 matches.

The stadiums of the three host countries will host 60 matches in the United States, 10 in Canada and 10 in Mexico. The United States has been allocated 34 group matches, and both Canada and Mexico have 7 each. There are 12 x round of 32 matches for the United States, 2 for Canada and 2 for Mexico. The United States will host six matches in the round of 16, and the other two host countries will both have one match each. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held in the stadiums in the US.

March 14, 2023: due to the change of format from sixteen pools of three to twelve pools of four, the original match division of the host nations will be changed. Now a total of 104 matches have to be distributed.

Note: The above and below information is part of the BID United and is subject to change.

Opening match, semifinals and final

The opening game will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2026 either at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles or at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, subject to change. Update, June 16, 2022: Rose Bowl has not been selected as a host city. The intended venues for the semifinals are the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The proposed location for the 2026 World Cup final, Sunday, July 19, 2026, is the MetLife Stadium in New York/New Jersey.

Ultramodern stadiums, ultramodern features

An important feature of the stadiums that may be used during the 2026 World Cup is that they are already operational and very modern, or even ultramodern in many cases. No new stadiums need to be built, and relatively few modifications or other adjustments are necessary. Matters such as comfort, Wi-Fi, LED, light shows and many other elements that significantly increase the entertainment value are already a well-integrated part of these advanced stadiums. The same applies to environmental requirements, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. In terms of logistics and infrastructure, only minor adjustments are needed at most.

Existing stadiums, rich history and legacy ‘assured’

With regard to the so-called ‘legacy’, it appears that efficiency is also guaranteed: the stadiums will continue to be used intensively long after the World Cup has ended. This is already currently the case for both football matches and other major North American sports. In recent decades, the cities and stadiums planned for the 2026 World Cup have gained a great deal of experience by hosting major sports matches and other major (cultural and music) events. Some were even the setting for the FIFA World Cup in 1970 and 1986 (both in Mexico), 1994 (United States), and the women’s soccer World Cup in 2005 (Canada). Want to know more? View the info for each stadium.

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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.