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World Cup 2026: Schedule of Dates, Logo, Location and Latest Rumors

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2022

AL KHOR, QATAR - DECEMBER 14: Kylian Mbappe of France in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi final match between France and Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar nears its conclusion, many fans already have their sights on the 2026 World Cup.

The international event will take place in North America, with the United States, Canada and Mexico all sharing hosting duties. It will be the first time in the men's tournament's history that three countries have been co-hosts, with the 2002 version in Japan and South Korea being the only other time with two countries.

This is one of several changes in the upcoming tournament, with the most notable being the inclusion of 48 teams instead of 32.

Here is everything else you need to know about the 2026 World Cup.


Dates

June 8 - July 3


Venues

USA

  • Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Boston – Gillette Stadium
  • Dallas – AT&T Stadium
  • Houston – NRG Stadium
  • Kansas City – Arrowhead Stadium
  • Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium
  • Miami – Hard Rock Stadium
  • New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
  • Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
  • San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
  • Seattle – Lumen Field

Canada

  • Toronto – BMO Field
  • Vancouver – BC Place

Mexico

  • Guadalajara – Estadio Akron
  • Mexico City – Estadio Azteca
  • Monterrey – Estadio BBVA

The United States will host a majority of matches during the tournament. All of the knockout stage matches from the quarterfinal onward will take place in the United States, including the final.


Latest Rumors

Arguably the biggest question mark regarding the 2026 World Cup is the format featuring 48 teams.

FIFA initially planned to have 16 groups of three, with two teams in each group advancing to knockout stage beginning with a round of 32. However, Matt Slater of The Athletic noted the downsides to the format, including the final two teams in the group stage colluding on a result that is mutually beneficial.

Without having all teams playing at the same time, it's nearly impossible to ensure fairness with each match.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is now FIFA's chief of global football, said the organization is now reconsidering the format, with two additional options being presented, per Dale Johnson of ESPN. One would have 12 groups of four teams, with the eight best third-place teams advancing into a round of 32. Another would split the World Cup into two separate halves of 24, featuring six groups of four, with the winners of each half meeting in the final.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino also provided an update on the change:

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"Here the groups of four have been absolutely incredible; we have to at least revisit, or rediscuss" whether to stick with that format as World Cup expands to 48 teams. Infantino says those talks will be on the agenda at the next FIFA Council meeting.

Another potential change under consideration is the addition of penalty kicks to settle draws in the group stage, per Martyn Ziegler of The Times.

In any case, the new formats will add significantly more matches to the overall tournament. It would create an exciting fan experience, although the players could end up suffering with an additional workload in the event.