World Cup 2026: MetLife Stadium to host final on July 19

The first of the 104 matches will be played at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico on June 11

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced the schedule for the 2026 World Cup, which will take place in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The final, set for July 19, will be in the 82,000 capacity MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the New York Giants and New York Jets NFL franchises.

The 2026 World Cup is the first to be held across three countries. It will also debut the new 48-team format, after 28 years with the 32-team setup in place since France 1998. This means there will be 104 games, rather than 64, requiring far more infrastructure.

The opening match will take place at the Azteca Stadium in the Mexican capital on June 11, featuring Mexico, one of the hosting teams. Since 2006, the host has traditionally played in the opening game. Between 1974 and 2002, the defending champion used to feature.

El Tri will continue its group stage campaign in Guadalajara’s Estadio Akron on June 18 and return to Ciudad de Mexico for its third match on June 24.

With a capacity of just over 83,000, the Azteca will become the first ground to have hosted three World Cup openers — the tournament also kicked off there in 1970 and 1986. It’s also the only stadium in the venues list to have previously held a men’s World Cup game, with no grounds from the 1994 tournament making a comeback — the MetLife Stadium was built next to the Giants Stadium in 2010. 

With nine games including a semifinal, Dallas’s AT&T Stadium will host the most matches. The other semi will be played in Atlanta.

The other two hosts will debut the following day, with the US playing at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium and Canada, at the BMO Field in Toronto.


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