MetLife Stadium in New York City will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup final after defeating Dallas in a fierce competition. This concludes the 48-team tournament co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
The voyage begins on June 11 in Mexico City’s famous Azteca Stadium, the first time a stadium has hosted World Cup games in three editions (1970, 1986, 2026).
“This World Cup will be the most inclusive and impactful ever,” stated FIFA President Gianni Infantino, citing the 104 matches scheduled across 16 cutting-edge venues in all three nations.
Atlanta and Dallas will host the semifinals, with Miami hosting the third-place match. Quarterfinals will be held in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami, and Boston.
New York’s offer was impressive due to its global metropolitan prominence, extensive event hosting expertise, and convenient transit. Dallas answered with the spectacular AT&T Stadium, which provided weather protection, but eventually fell short.
MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets has a strong history of international football, including hosting the 2016 Copa America final. Additionally, it is conveniently located across the Hudson River from New York City.
The tournament, which celebrates America’s 250th anniversary, will feature a round-of-16 game on July 4th in Philadelphia, the site of the Declaration of Independence. The US squad begins its season on June 12th in Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium and will also play in Seattle.
The enlarged 48-team format adds 24 matches, totaling 104 games over 16 sites. The format consists of 12 groups of four, with the top two and the eight best third-place teams advancing. The knockout phases follow, with finalists playing eight games instead of seven.
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FIFA guarantees a travel-friendly timetable, with the final draw due in late 2025. Teams can select bases in their group’s territory to reduce travel weariness.
Prepare for a historic World Cup in 16 host cities including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York-New Jersey, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. Mark your calendars for the most spectacular celebration of the beautiful game, with New York City taking center stage in the grand finale!