2026 World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey

The 2026 World Cup final will be played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19.

FIFA made the announcement Sunday at a Miami television studio, allocating the opener of the 39-day tournament to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on June 11.

The US team will play its opener at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on June 12, then travel to Seattle’s Lumen Field and finish the group stage at SoFi.

The third-place game will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Aerial view of a soccer stadium, potential host for the 2026 World Cup.
The 2026 World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium.

FIFA officials did not publicly explain their site-decision process.

FIFA expanded the World Cup from 32 to 48 nations and increased matches from 64 to 104. The 2026 tournament will be co-hosted by the US, Mexico and Canada, with all games from the quarterfinals on being played in the US.

 FIFA announced the 16 sites in 2022.

Canada will play its opening first-round match in Toronto on June 12, then its following two games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A nation will need to play eight matches to win the title, up from seven since 1982.

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