FIFA World Cup 2026: Hosts, dates, fixtures, stadiums and everything you need to know

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Where will World Cup 2026 take place?

The FIFA World Cup 2026 will be hosted across the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

They were announced as joint hosts in 2018, winning their bid in a ballot among FIFA Congress member by 134 votes to 65 for Morocco, with three abstentions and one vote for none of the bids.

Mexico will become the first country to host the men's World Cup on three occasions, after 1970 and 1986, while the United States will be the first country to host both men's and women's World Cups twice each – after 1994 for the men's tournament, and 1999 and 2003 for the women's.

World Cup 2026 dates and fixtures

We're back to summer for the men's World Cup after World Cup 2022's winter sojourn.

World Cup 2026 will take place in June and July 14, 2026, although no specific dates or fixtures have yet been announced.

How to watch World Cup 2026

Here's how to watch World Cup 2026:

• UK: The rights to show the World Cup 2026 will be up for bids, but the tournament is on a government-mandated protected list, meaning it must be shown on free-to-air channels. Since 1966, rights have been split between the BBC (opens in new tab)and ITV (opens in new tab), both non-subscription, free-to-air broadcasters that only require a UK TV license. It is likely they will submit a new joint bid for the rights.
• USA: Fox has broadcast rights for World Cup 2026 – without cable, you can get both channels on Sling Blue for $39.99 a 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 shown on CTV, TSN and RDS
• Australia: World Cup 2026 rights have not yet been confirmed
• New Zealand: World Cup 2026 rights have not yet been confirmed

Which countries have qualified for World Cup 2026?

Who has qualified for World Cup 2026? It's slim pickings so far – we only know the host teams:

  • USA (hosts)
  • Canada (hosts)
  • Mexico (hosts)

How many teams will be at World Cup 2026?

There will be a staggering 48 teams competing at World Cup, expanded from 32. 

How do teams qualify for World Cup 2026?

The qualification process for the next World Cup has yet to be decided.

What are the World Cup 2026 stadiums?

These are the World Cup 2026 stadiums:

• 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, potentially 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 (Bid book: 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 (Expanding to 45,500 for tournament)

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Conor Pope
Online Editor

Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He plays football regularly, both on grass and artificial surfaces, and has a large, discerning and ever-growing collection of football shirts from around the world.

He supports Blackburn Rovers and holds a season ticket with south London non-league side Dulwich Hamlet. His main football passions include Tugay, the San Siro and only using a winter ball when it snows.