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The FIFA World Cup 2026 final will be held at New Jersey Stadium in New York

FIFA World Cup 2026

The International Football Federation (FIFA) announced on Sunday (February 4) that the 2026 World Cup finals will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) and the New York Jets. FIFA also announced the World Cup schedule for the entire global football event.

The World Cup, involving 48 teams from around the world, will conclude on July 19 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The event is co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Canada will host 13 games in total, with 10 group stage games evenly split between Toronto and Vancouver. Mexico will also host 13 games, including 10 group stage games in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. The remaining games will be held in 11 cities across the United States.

Toronto, Mexico City, and Los Angeles will host their respective national teams’ openers.

The open-air stadium for the final was opened in 2010 and has a capacity of 82,500 people. It hosted the Centennial Copa America final in 2016, when Chile defeated world star Lionel Messi for the second time in a penalty shootout, led by Argentina.

Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca will host the World Cup opener on June 11, when Mexico will become the first country to host the World Cup three times. There will also be a game in Guadalajara on opening day.

Mexico national team coach Jaime Lozano said his team will face some pressure playing in front of their home fans, but they are excited to play in what he said is the first match of his and his country’s careers. a special day.

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Mexico hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986. The finals of both World Cups were held at the Aztec Stadium. The Brazilian team, led by football king Pele, defeated the Italian team 4-1. The legendary star Diego María Argentina, led by Diego Maradona, defeated West Germany 3-2.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “The most inclusive and impactful FIFA World Cup ever is no longer a dream but a reality, taking place in 16 of the most advanced countries, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Stadiums to host 104 matches”

The 2026 World Cup will feature 104 matches instead of the traditional 64, including additional knockout rounds due to the previously announced decision to expand the field from 32 to 48 teams.

Taking into account the distance and different climates of the 16 host cities, FIFA chose to divide the venues used into three regions: east, central, and west, so that the teams can set up base camps in the same area as their competition venues for pre-match preparations.

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