2026 World Cup Final: New York/New Jersey, Opener in Mexico City

2026 World Cup Final: New York/New Jersey, Opener in Mexico City: The 2026 FIFA World Cup final is set to take place at MetLife Stadium, located just outside New York City. FIFA unveiled the complete match schedule for the 104-game tournament, co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With an expanded participation of 48 nations, up from 32 teams in 2022, the 2026 World Cup will be the largest edition in the competition’s 96-year history.

2026 World Cup Final: New York/New Jersey, Opener in Mexico City

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, situated across the Hudson River from New York City, emerged victorious over AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and SoFi Stadium in greater Los Angeles, California. Dallas is set to host nine matches, the highest among the 16 host cities. The host nations, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico, secure automatic World Cup berths, while the remaining 48 teams will qualify based on their performance in regional qualifying competitions.

The kickoff for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will take place at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on June 11, 2026. This iconic venue, having previously hosted the World Cup final in 1970 and 1986, is set to make history as the first stadium to be utilized in three different World Cup tournaments. Although the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California hosted the World Cup final in 1994, the last time North America hosted a men’s World Cup, it was not selected for the upcoming event. Miami has been chosen as the location for the third-place match in the tournament. The U.S. national team is set to commence its group stage campaign in Los Angeles, with two of the initial three matches scheduled in California and the third in Seattle, Washington. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter highlighted the significance of Los Angeles as an iconic soccer city, emphasizing its history of hosting two Women’s World Cup finals in 1999 and 2003, during an interview with FOX Sports.

Canada will witness its inaugural men’s World Cup clash as the Reds kick off in Toronto on June 12, marking the second day of the 2026 tournament. Toronto is slated to host five group stage matches, while Vancouver, the other Canadian host city, will hold five matches, including the final two first-round contests for the Reds.

Throughout the initial round, the three host nations will exclusively play within their respective borders. However, as the knockout stage commences, the United States will take the reins, staging the majority of games from the outset of the knockout stage and exclusively hosting all matches from the quarterfinals onward.
As the tournament progresses into the knockout stage, the United States will serve as the primary host, taking center stage for the majority of the matches from the beginning of the knockout phase. All matches from the quarterfinals onward will be exclusively held within the borders of the United States.

The strategic allocation of matches across iconic American cities reflects the nation’s diverse soccer landscape. Los Angeles, renowned for its soccer fervor and having previously hosted significant soccer events, will play a pivotal role in setting the stage for the U.S. national team in the group stage. Coach Gregg Berhalter’s acknowledgment of Los Angeles as an iconic soccer city underscores the enthusiasm and history that the city brings to the tournament.

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