Eleven venues across the United States, three in Mexico, and two in Canada are scheduled as venues to play host to 2026 FIFA World cup matches.
FIFA has revealed the cities that will host the soccer 2026 FIFA World Cup which will be held in three countries namely that is the US, Canada, and Mexico. Eleven venues across the United States, three in Mexico, and two venues in Canada have been selected for the tournament. It is expected that the US is hosting 60 games at the tournament, including each game starting from the quarter-final stage. However, FIFA is yet to confirm which venues will host matches during the knockout stages of the 2026 FIFA world cup.
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The venue for 1994’s World Cup final, the Rose Bowl, has been left out, with an additional Los Angeles area venue, SoFi Stadium, getting the approval.
Canada, as well as Mexico, will play 10 matches per match in the 2026 FIFA world cup.
The famous Aztec Stadium (Estadio Azteca) located in Mexico City, which hosted the 1970 and ’86 World Cup finals it will be the first stadium to host games at the three World Cups.
However, the biggest surprise was the denial of the joint bid by Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. In the beginning, the two cities, D.C. and Baltimore had individual bids, but the two joined in April to bid to boost the chances of winning.
This means that it is one of the only World Cup with no matches within the vicinity of the capital city of the host.
United States: New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium); Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium); Dallas (AT&T Stadium); San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium); Miami (Hard Rock Stadium); Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium); Seattle (Lumen Field); Houston (NRG Stadium); Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field); Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium); and Boston (Gillette Stadium).
How will the 2026 FIFA World Cup actually work?
Following the excitement of 2026’s World Cup host cities being announced, the issue is what will it take to make this go?
The tournament will be expanded by 48 teams, the largest number ever to host the 2026 World Cup, the current group stage format and knockout stage format are set to alter. There are 11 venues within the U.S., three in Mexico, and two cities in Canada hosting matches There are numerous logistics to figure out by June 2026, when the tournament begins.
Here’s all that you should know about how to prepare for the World Cup format, qualification, and how it’s all going to function.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup format
Here’s the way it’s going to work when it becomes the first men’s World Cup shift from being an event with 32 teams to a 48-team tournament.
- The 48 teams with the required qualifications will be divided into 16 groups consisting of three
- Every team plays two games in the group stage (down to three from one)
- The 1stand 2nd-place winners in each group will go on to Round 32.
- An additional knockout round, called the round of 32, will be made
- The knockout stage will follow the round of 16 as in the previous World Cups
2026 FIFA World Cup Qualification
There is a consensus that as hosts, the USA, Canada, and Mexico are all guaranteed to be a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. But this hasn’t been confirmed.
FIFA have confirmed a new process of qualification will be conducted since they have adopted the following model adopted in during the 70th FIFA congress:
UEFA equals 16 teams to be qualified
CAF is 9.5 (.5 is the one team that is a playoff)
AFC = 8.5
CONMBEOL = 6.5
CONCACAF = 6.5
OFC = 1.5
A playoff tournament featuring six teams will be played across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to determine the last two teams to play at the World Cup. Two playoff teams that have the most impressive FIFA rankings will get seeded and the remaining four teams will play a semifinal match to determine who makes it to the final stage to play the two teams that were seeded.
A playoff squad will be made from each confederation (except UEFA) and there will be an additional player that is from the CONCACAF region that will make up each of the teams.
What criteria do you think FIFA decides on the Knockout Rounds and Group Stages?
This will be very interesting in the coming years as FIFA will plan the logistics of venues to host group stage matches, the knockout rounds, as well as where National teams are located.
We are certain of one thing: FIFA will hold 80 matches during the tournament. There will be sixty games played in the USA 10, 10-in Mexico along with 10 matches in Canada. It has already been confirmed.
In all my conversations with those who are involved in the bidding process in recent times, one thing that been clear: FIFA wants regional groups of cities to allow games to be played in various cities with little travel time for fans and teams.
In that light it is possible to put the World Cup group in paired cities is a great idea and keeping the teams within a specific area of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada for the initial rounds of knockouts also makes sense.
For instance, The group’s A and B are located on the West Coast for the group stage, with the Round of 32 as well as Round 16 while Groups C and D are located on the East Coast for the group stage, including the Round of 32 as well as Round 16, and so on.
In terms of how it could be done I’ve taken a stab at predicting which cities will be joined for 2026’s games:
Vancouver + Seattle
San Francisco + LA
Mexico City + Guadalajara
Monterrey + Houston
Kansas City + Dallas
Atlanta + Miami
Boston + Toronto
Philadelphia + New York
Which city will be hosting 2026 FIFA the World Cup final?
It appears that three cities in the USA are in the lead: Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York City/NJ.
The latter is definitely the top choice at the moment considering the fact that FIFA has chosen NYC to announce the 16 cities that will host the 2026 World Cup.
Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium has held two World Cup finals in the past. Despite its iconic position in the soccer world, it is expected that the final will be in the USA.
2026 FIFA WORLD CUP: EVERYTHING WE KNOW INCLUDING TICKETS AND HOST CITIES
FIFA announced the cities that will host the official stadiums for the World Cup 2026 on Thursday on June 16th.
The governing body for sports around the world has selected 16 cities in the US, Mexico, and Canada which will host the event in the next four years.
The tournament this year will take place in Qatar between November 21st and the 18th of December in 2022. This is the second time to be held entirely in Asia following South Korea and Japan hosting the event in 2002.
As more details regarding the 2026 FIFA event are released Here’s what we’ve learned so far, including ticket prices and cities that will host the event.
2026 FIFA WORLD CUP REVEALS STADIUMS
This Thursday (June 16th), FIFA confirmed the 16 cities which will be hosting the 48-team competition in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
US cities hosting the event comprise Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami New York/New Jersey Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City are acknowledged as hosting cities for Mexico and Mexico City, while the hosts in Canada are Canadian hosts including Toronto along with Vancouver.
“Today is a historic day for all who live in these cities and states and for FIFA for Canada as well as Canada, the USA, and Mexico which will be putting on the best spectacle on Earth. We are looking forward to working with them to create an extraordinary FIFA World Cup and a game changer in our efforts to make soccer truly global.”
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT TICKETS SO FAR
Tickets for the 2026 FIFA World Cup are not on for sale at the moment at this writing. They are expected to go on sale in 2025. There is more information about them when they are available through the official FIFA website.
“Information regarding ticketing for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be available in due course,” FIFA has stated in an announcement. “Please check this page regularly for further updates.”
Tickets for the 2018 World Cup went on sale in September 2017, and 2026 tickets are expected to be on sale one year before the event takes place.
Miami Herald reports that the average price for tickets in 2026 FIFA is likely to cost between $300 and $600. of $300. The exact price will be revealed nearer to the date of the event.
It is important to remember that prices can vary depending on location, and in 2022, the Qatar World Cup is one of the most expensive sporting events to date.
For example, 2022’s opening match tickets were priced between $50 and $600 (just above PS40) up to 600 dollars (just above PS480). The average group stage ticket was $155 (just above PS125) Quarter-final tickets were slightly more than 235 dollars (around PS194) and semi-finals cost about the figure of $617 (PS502).
Tickets to the tournament’s final game in Losail were available for sale at under P1,200 (around 1475 dollars). Prices for the 2022 event are still accessible through FIFA’s site.
PEOPLE ARE SAVING UP MONEY FOR THE 2026 FIFA TOURNAMENT
Many fans have already devised plans to begin saving money since many are excited to go to this year’s World Cup.