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Launch of #WeAre26: formal start of the countdown to the World Cup football

#WeAre26. On Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM in Los Angeles, United States, the launch of this hashtag brings the official FIFA World Cup 2026™ brand to life. With a lot of dynamism.

Millions, millions and millions of fans. The sixteen host cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. And all the other enthusiastic faces associated with the 2026 World Cup. The many, many football fans in the upcoming host countries and beyond are preparing for the smashing launch of the 23rd edition of the A-brand called: World Cup football.

Launch hashtag #WeAre26

That happens with the official kick-off of the hashtag #WeAre26, FIFA explains. With this, the world also formally starts the countdown to the start of the World Cup football schedule. The World Cup in North America starts on Sunday, May 31, 2026. And it culminates in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 19, 2026. With Argentina as the defending champion.

The world football association is once again bombing the 2026 World Cup into an official brand. With a huge, global target group. Centrally involved are the sixteen host cities in the United States (Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle), Canada (Vancouver, Toronto), and Mexico (Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey). From May 17, these World Cup host cities are preparing for a long series of beautiful festivities and marking campaigns.

Official: FIFA World Cup 2026™

FIFA’s goal is to unite all fans in North America, and ultimately those around the world. The next World Cup will be the biggest sporting event ever. And the grand launch of hashtag #WeAre26 in Los Angeles clearly demonstrates that. This event is accompanied by a large live show with multiple performances and the presence of passionate celebrities.

Furthermore, the first personal FIFA World Cup stories will officially be told to a large audience by some of the truest fans. The world football association, the host cities and the commercial partners also kick off the many events that will take place in the host cities. Also, the logo comes to life. The show can be followed via live stream on the FIFA+ channel.

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Schedule of the 2026 World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2026™ kicks off as early as 2023 with qualifiers across multiple of the FIFA continents. A record number of 48 teams will participate in the final tournament. The number of matches is also greater than ever: 104 games at the World Cup in 2026 in total. The final tournament starts with the group stage consisting of twelve poules of four teams. This is followed by the knockouts, starting with the round of 32. Further halvings of the field of participants go through the eighth finals, quarter finals and semifinals. Via the hashtag #WeAre26 you will be able to keep track of everything up to and including the final of the World Cup football: on July 19, 2026.

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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.