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New Jersey to host FIFA World Cup 2026 remaining; Mexico to stage opening match

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NEW DELHI: Iconic New York New Jersey Stadium has been confirmed because the venue for the FIFA World Cup 26 remaining on July 19, 2026, the world soccer’s governing physique FIFA introduced because the schedule of the showpiece occasion revealed.

The 104-game event that includes 48 groups throughout 16 host cities is being co-hosted by three countries– the USA, Canada and Mexico.

“The long-lasting New York New Jersey venue was awarded the honour of internet hosting the showpiece fixture, which can deliver the curtain down on probably the most inclusive FIFA event ever, ” the FIFA assertion learn.

The stadium for the ultimate, which has a capability of 82, 500, opened in 2010. The bottom additionally was the venue for the ultimate of the 2016 Copa America Centenario, when Chile defeated Lionel Messi’s Argentina on penalties.

FIFA World Cup 26 to kick-off on June 11, 2026 with hosts Mexico having the honour of getting the event below manner of their capital metropolis, kicking off proceedings within the historic venue which hosted the World Cup finals and opening video games of 1970 and 1986.

Estadio Azteca Mexico Metropolis, which has a capability of 83, 000, will change into the primary stadium to host three FIFA World Cup opening matches.

Like Mexico Metropolis, Toronto and Los Angeles additionally host the opening matches of their respective nationwide groups.

Canada will kick off their marketing campaign in Toronto on June 12, 2026, whereas the USA will start their journey on the identical day in Los Angeles.

Miami to host the bronze remaining, Dallas and Atlanta to stage the extremely anticipated semi-finals, whereas Dallas will host 9 (9) matches, probably the most of any Host Metropolis on the event.

The match schedule ensures that three days of relaxation for groups is noticed for 103 of the event’s 104 matches. Majority of matches to be performed in three regionalised zones (east, central and west) to scale back journey for groups and followers.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated: “Probably the most inclusive and impactful FIFA World Cup ever is now not a dream however a actuality that may take form within the type of 104 matches in 16 state-of-the-art stadiums throughout Canada, Mexico and the USA. From the opening match on the iconic Estadio Azteca to the spectacular remaining in New York New Jersey gamers and followers have been on the core of our in depth planning for this game-changing event.

“I want to thank our three host international locations and 16 Host Cities for the unwavering dedication to staging a FIFA World Cup that won’t solely set new information but additionally depart an indelible legacy.”

Match pairings and kick-off occasions will probably be confirmed following the Closing Draw for FIFA World Cup 26, which is predicted to happen in the direction of the tip of 2025.

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