2026 FIFA World Cup: Everything about venues, dates, times, teams, and more

2026 FIFA World Cup: Everything about venues, dates, times, teams, and more

The arrival of the 2026 World Cup schedule, or at least its foundational "shell," has been announced. On Sunday, FIFA disclosed crucial details regarding locations, dates, and venues for the tournament across 16 North American cities and stadiums. This revelation signals the beginning of preparations for an unparalleled spectacle.

However, the schedule appears to be remarkably intricate, surpassing the complexity of any previous World Cup schedule. Hundreds of crucial components are still missing, and some won't be finalized until after the 2026 World Cup draw, which is likely to occur in December 2025.

Here's what we currently understand, and what remains unknown, about the 2026 schedule, along with insights into the rationale and processes behind its development.

What we know about the 2026 World Cup schedule:

The tournament will commence on June 11 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City and will culminate on July 19 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Details regarding the semifinals (Atlanta and Arlington, Texas), quarterfinals (Miami, Kansas City, Inglewood, California, and Foxborough, Massachusetts), and others are available. Additionally, we know that 78 out of the 104 matches will be held in the U.S., with 13 each in Canada and Mexico.

Apart from the three host nations, teams will not be assigned to cities until December 2025, following most or all of the qualification rounds.

Kickoff times will also be determined post the draw.

When and where will the 2026 World Cup start?

The tournament will kick off on Thursday, June 11, 2026, with two matches in Mexico.

Canada will play its opening match on Friday, June 12, at BMO Field in Toronto, while the U.S. will play at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Will there be enough rest for players?

While the term "enough" is subjective, players are expected to receive more rest compared to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Each team should have at least four days between their first and second matches, and either three or four days between their second and third matches.

What about travel logistics?

Travel across North America will pose significant challenges due to the vast distances involved.

To address this, FIFA has categorized the 16 host cities into three regions, or "clusters," to minimize travel for teams and fans during the group stage.

Are the knockout-round pairings known?

Traditional release of a color-coded grid detailing matchups, dates, and venues has not yet occurred for the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA intends to release a schedule grid later in the year, with minor deviations from previous practices.

What about kickoff times?

Kickoff times remain uncertain and will be decided post the draw.

The scheduling process is intricate due to accommodating global TV audiences and varied time zones while also considering local preferences and conditions.

In summary, the 2026 World Cup schedule represents a monumental undertaking, requiring meticulous planning and coordination across multiple stakeholders to ensure a successful and memorable tournament experience.

Here is the comprehensive breakdown of the host cities and stadiums for the 2026 World Cup matches:

United States:

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium: 8 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16, 1 semifinal)

Boston — Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts: 7 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 quarterfinal)

Dallas — AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas: 9 matches (5 group stage, 2 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16, 1 semifinal)

Houston — NRG Stadium: 7 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16)

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium: 6 matches (4 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 quarterfinal)

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California: 8 matches (5 group stage, 2 Round of 32, 1 quarterfinal)

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida: 7 matches (4 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 quarterfinal, third-place match)

New York — MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey: 8 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16, final)

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field: 6 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 16)

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California: 6 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32)

Seattle — Lumen Field: 6 matches (4 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16)

Canada:

Toronto — BMO Field: 6 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32)

Vancouver — BC Place: 7 matches (5 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16)

Mexico:

Guadalajara — Estadio Akron in Zapopan: 4 matches (4 group stage)

Mexico City — Estadio Azteca: 5 matches (3 group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16)

Monterrey — Estadio BBVA in Guadalupe: 4 matches (3 group stage, 1 Round of 32)


Here is the complete schedule for the 2026 World Cup, day by day:


Thursday, June 11

2 group stage games

Mexico City — Estadio Azteca

Guadalajara — Estadio Akron (Zapopan, Mexico)


Friday, June 12

2 group stage games

Toronto — BMO Field

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)


Saturday, June 13

4 group stage games

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Vancouver — BC Place

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)


Sunday, June 14

4 group stage games

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field

Houston — NRG Stadium

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Monterrey — Estadio BBVA (Guadalupe, Mexico)


Monday, June 15

4 group stage games

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

Seattle — Lumen Field


Tuesday, June 16

4 group stage games

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)


Wednesday, June 17

4 group stage games

Toronto — BMO Field

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Houston — NRG Stadium

Mexico City — Estadio Azteca


Thursday, June 18

4 group stage games

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Guadalajara — Estadio Akron (Zapopan, Mexico)

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

Vancouver — BC Place


Friday, June 19

4 group stage games

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)

Seattle — Lumen Field


Saturday, June 20

4 group stage games

Toronto — BMO Field

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium

Houston — NRG Stadium

Monterrey — Estadio BBVA (Guadalupe, Mexico)


Sunday, June 21

4 group stage games

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

Vancouver — BC Place


Monday, June 22

4 group stage games

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)


Tuesday, June 23

4 group stage games

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Toronto — BMO Field

Houston — NRG Stadium

Guadalajara — Estadio Akron (Zapopan, Mexico)


Wednesday, June 24

6 group stage games

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Mexico City — Estadio Azteca

Monterrey — Estadio BBVA (Guadalupe, Mexico)

Seattle — Lumen Field

Vancouver — BC Place


Thursday, June 25

6 group stage games

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)


Friday, June 26

6 group stage games

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Toronto — BMO Field

Houston — NRG Stadium

Guadalajara — Estadio Akron (Zapopan, Mexico)

Seattle — Lumen Field

Vancouver — BC Place


Saturday, June 27

6 group stage games

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium


Sunday, June 28

1 Round of 32 game

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)


Monday, June 29

3 Round of 32 games

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Houston — NRG Stadium

Monterrey — Estadio BBVA (Guadalupe, Mexico)


Tuesday, June 30

3 Round of 32 games

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Mexico City — Estadio Azteca


Wednesday, July 1

3 Round of 32 games

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

San Francisco — Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.)

Seattle — Lumen Field


Thursday, July 2

3 Round of 32 games

Toronto — BMO Field

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)

Vancouver — BC Place


Friday, July 3

3 Round of 32 games

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium


Saturday, July 4

2 Round of 16 games

Philadelphia — Lincoln Financial Field

Houston — NRG Stadium


Sunday, July 5

2 Round of 16 games

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

Mexico City — Estadio Azteca


Monday, July 6

2 Round of 16 games

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)

Seattle — Lumen Field


Tuesday, July 7

2 Round of 16 games

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Vancouver — BC Place


Thursday, July 9

1 quarterfinal

Boston — Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)


Friday, July 10

1 quarterfinal

Los Angeles — SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, Calif.)


Saturday, July 11

2 quarterfinals

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium


Tuesday, July 14

Semifinal

Dallas — AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tex.)


Wednesday, July 15

Semifinal

Atlanta — Mercedes-Benz Stadium


Saturday, July 18

Third-place game

Miami — Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)


Sunday, July 19

Final

New York — MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

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