MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to Host 2026 World Cup Final

  • 05 Feb 2024

On 4th February, 2024, FIFA announced the selection of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey as the venue for the 2026 World Cup final, scheduled to take place on July 19.

Key Points

  • Global Celebration in New Jersey: MetLife Stadium, home to the NFL's New York Jets and Giants, will host the grand finale of the 39-day tournament. The selection aligns with the broader theme of celebrating diversity and values.
  • Quarterfinals Onward in the United States: All matches from the quarterfinals onwards will be held in the United States.
  • Expanded World Cup Format: FIFA expanded the World Cup to include 48 nations, with the length of the tournament increasing to 39 days. The decision to include 16 sites for the 2026 World Cup was announced in 2022.
  • Canada and Mexico Hosting Matches: Canada and Mexico will also host matches during the tournament, with Mexico City's Estadio Azteca featuring five matches, and Canada hosting games in Toronto, Vancouver, and B.C. Place.
  • Tournament Growth: The 2026 World Cup will see an increase in the number of teams and matches compared to previous editions, reflecting FIFA's efforts to expand and globalize the prestigious football tournament.