New York New Jersey to host the grand finale of FIFA World Cup 2026

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The FIFA World Cup 2026, the first edition to be co-hosted by three countries, has announced its match schedule, with the final to be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19. The opening match of the 39-day tournament will feature the Mexican national team at the historic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on June 11.

A historic and inclusive World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2026 will be the most historic and inclusive edition of the tournament, with 48 teams competing for the coveted trophy across 16 venues in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The tournament will also feature a new and innovative match schedule, designed to minimise travel for teams and fans alike, and ensure that players’ rest and recovery is prioritised throughout the competition.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “The most inclusive and impactful FIFA World Cup ever is no longer a dream but a reality that will take shape in the form of 104 matches in 16 state-of-the-art stadiums across Canada, Mexico and the USA.”

The highlights of the match schedule

The match schedule for the FIFA World Cup 2026 was revealed live on Sunday and can be reviewed on FIFA.com and FIFA+. Some of the highlights of the schedule are:

FIFA World Cup 2026

  • The opening match of the tournament will take place at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on June 11, featuring the host nation Mexico. The iconic stadium, which has a capacity of 87,000, has previously hosted two World Cup finals, in 1970 and 1986.
  • The final of the tournament will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19. The stadium, which has a capacity of 82,500, is home to the NFL teams New York Giants and New York Jets, and has hosted several major events, including Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and Copa America Centenario final in 2016.
  • The semifinals will be played on July 14 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the following day at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Both stadiums have a capacity of over 70,000 and are known for their retractable roofs and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • The quarterfinals will be at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on July 9, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, the following day, and at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, and Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on July 11. All four stadiums have a capacity of over 60,000 and have hosted various sporting and entertainment events.
  • The third-place game will be at Hard Rock Stadium on July 18, the same venue that hosted the 1994 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy.
  • The U.S. team will train in suburban Atlanta ahead of the tournament and play their three group-stage matches on home soil. They will kick off their campaign at SoFi Stadium on June 12, face their second opponent at Seattle’s Lumen Field on June 19, and finish their group stage at MetLife Stadium on June 25.
  • Canada will also play their three group-stage matches in their own country, starting with Toronto on June 12, followed by Edmonton on June 16, and Montreal on June 20.
  • The tournament will feature 16 groups of three teams each, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the round of 32. The knockout stage will consist of 32, 16, 8, 4, 2 and 1 matches, with extra time and penalty shootouts to decide the winners in case of a draw.

The excitement and anticipation for the World Cup 2026

The FIFA World Cup 2026 is expected to be a spectacular and memorable event, not only for the players and fans, but also for the host countries and the world. The tournament will showcase the diversity and unity of North America, as well as the passion and talent of the participating teams.

The co-hosts of the tournament, Canada, Mexico and the United States, have expressed their excitement and anticipation for the World Cup 2026, and have pledged to deliver a successful and unforgettable experience for all.

Carlos Cordeiro, President of the U.S. Soccer Federation, said: “We are thrilled with the FIFA World Cup 2026 schedule and look forward to welcoming the world to our three host nations and 16 host cities across North America. We are confident that this incredible event will be a catalyst for growth and opportunity for the sport in our region and beyond.”

Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer, said: “Canada is honoured to play host to the FIFA World Cup 2026 alongside our partners in Mexico and the United States. We look forward to welcoming the world to our beautiful country and showcasing the best of Canadian hospitality and culture. We are also excited to see our national team compete on home soil for the first time in a men’s World Cup.”

Yon de Luisa, President of the Mexican Football Federation, said: “Mexico is proud to be part of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and to open the tournament at the legendary Estadio Azteca. We are ready to make history with our co-hosts Canada and the United States, and to offer a unique and unforgettable experience for the players and fans. We are also eager to see our national team play in front of our passionate supporters and to inspire the next generation of Mexican footballers.”

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