2026 World Cup venue schedule announced by FIFA

 

 

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is going to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For the first time in history, 48 teams will participate in the tournament and there will be 104 matches. Although all the teams are yet to be decided, the governing body of football has published the venue-schedule of the entire tournament, including the opening and final of the World Cup.

 

The fixtures and venues for the various rounds of matches were announced in an event broadcast live on FIFA TV. The World Cup will begin on June 11, 2026. The opening match will be held at the traditional Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. No stadium has the record of hosting more World Cup matches than this venue. The venue has hosted 17 World Cup matches so far. 5 more matches will be held in 2026 World Cup. These include two World Cup finals.

 

Pele won Brazil’s third World Cup trophy in 1970 at the Azteca Stadium. And in the 1986 World Cup, Argentina won the second World Cup trophy with Maradona’s goal. The final match will be held on July 19 at MetLife Stadium, the home of football in the United States. There will be 5 World Cup matches including the final at MetLife Stadium with a capacity of 82,500 spectators.

The World Cup group stage matches will run from June 11 to June 27. The last 32 matches will be played from June 29 to July 3. Apart from Mexico’s Guadalajara and USA’s Philadelphia, the remaining 14 venues will have the matches of this round. There will be two matches in this round in Los Angeles and Dallas.

 

The last 16 round of games will be played from July 4 to 7. The quarterfinals will take place from July 9 to 11, with four matches taking place in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami and Boston. The semifinals will be held in Dallas and Atlanta on July 14 and 15. The third place match will be held in Miami on July 18. And on July 19, the title deciding match will be held in New Jersey. In all, the matches will be held at 16 venues in three countries.

The two cities of Canada, Toronto and Vancouver, have got the responsibility of organizing 13 matches, including 10 matches of the group stage. There will be 13 matches in Mexico. The games will be played in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Moneterre. The remaining 78 matches of the tournament will be played in 11 US cities.

 

Last year, FIFA unveiled the official logo and branding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The message of that logo is ‘We are 26’. Which means a desire to reunite. It is a moment where three countries and an entire continent say in unison, We are one to welcome the world

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