FIFA World Cup 2026: Hosts, dates, matches, stadiums and everything you need to know
Where will the 2026 World Cup take place?
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be hosted in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
They were announced as joint hosts in 2018 and won their bid in a vote of FIFA congressmen by 134 votes to 65 for Morocco, with three abstentions and one vote in favor of none of the bids.
Mexico becomes the first country to host the men’s World Cup three times, after 1970 and 1986, while the United States becomes the first country to host both the men’s and women’s World Cups twice – after 1994 for the men’s tournament and 1999 and 2003 for the ladies.
World Cup 2026 dates and programs
We are back in the summer for the Men’s World Cup after the winter home of the 2022 World Cup.
The 2026 World Cup will take place in June and July 14, 2026, although no specific dates or schedules have yet been announced.
How to watch World Cup 2026
This is how you watch World Cup 2026:
• UK: The rights to show the 2026 World Cup are up for bid, but the tournament is on a government-mandated protected list, which means it must be broadcast on free-to-air channels. Since 1966, the rights have been divided between the BBC (opens in new tab)and ITV (opens in new tab), both free-to-subscribe broadcasters requiring only a UK TV licence. They are likely to submit a new joint offer for the rights.
• UNITED STATES: Fox has broadcasting rights for World Cup 2026 – without cable you can handle both channels Sling Blue for $39.99 per month (with 50% off the first month) (opens in new tab)and Fubo TV, which is $69.99 after a seven-day free trial (opens in new tab)
• Canada: World Cup 2026 will be broadcast on CTV, TSN and RDS
• Australia: The rights for the 2026 World Cup are not yet confirmed
• New Zealand: World Cup 2026 rights not yet confirmed
Which countries have qualified for the 2026 World Cup?
Who has qualified for World Cup 2026? It’s a small choice so far – we only know the host teams:
- USA (hosts)
- Canada (hosts)
- Mexico (hosts)
How many teams are there at the 2026 World Cup?
As many as 48 teams will compete at the World Cup, expanded from 32.
How do teams qualify for the 2026 World Cup?
The qualification process for the next World Cup has yet to be decided.
What are the stadiums of the 2026 World Cup?
These are the stadiums of the 2026 World Cup:
• Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: 87,523
• MetLife Stadium, New York/New Jersey: 82,500 (bid book: 87,157)
• AT&T Stadium, Dallas: 80,000 (bid book: 92,967, potential 105,000)
• Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City: 76,416 (bid book: 76,640)
• NRG Stadium, Houston: 72,220 (expandable to 80,000)
• Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta: 71,000 (bid book: 75,000, expandable to 83,000)
• SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles: 70,240 (expandable to 100,240)
• Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: 69,796 (bid book: 69,328)
• Lumen Field, Seattle: 69,000 (expandable to 72,000)
• Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco Bay Area: 68,500 (Bidbook: 70,909, expandable to 75,000)
• Gillette Stadium, Boston: 68,878 (Bid book: 70,000)
• Hard Rock Stadium, Miami: 64,767 (Bid book: 67,518)
• BC Place, Vancouver: 54,500
• Estadio BBVA, Monterrey: 53,500 (Bid book: 53,460)
• Estadio Akron, Guadelajara: 49,850 (Bid book: 48,071)
• BMO Field, Toronto: 30,000 (expansion to 45,500 for tournament)
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