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World Cup 2026

FAQ ABOUT 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP 

THE VOTE


How did the vote work?
The right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup was voted on by all the member associations of FIFA, with a simple majority needed to win. The soccer associations from the United States, Canada and Mexico are grateful for the confidence FIFA showed today and the three countries will reward that trust in 2026 and in the years leading up to what will be the greatest FIFA World Cup in history.

Why did the USA have a joint bid with Canada and Mexico?
The U.S. Soccer Federation believed a United effort with Canada and Mexico would demonstrate to the world that three nations working as a team, highlighting our respective strengths and opportunities to serve the game locally and globally, would makes it clear that the 2026 FIFA World Cup belonged in North America. With the expanded 48-team field, this will be the largest tournament in history and it calls for an epic hosting plan that meets both the needs, and wants, of FIFA and football fans throughout the world.  Bringing fans from across the world to the United States, Canada and Mexico will be huge boost to the sport in all our countries, but ultimately our campaign was and will remain rooted in the principle of serving the game on every continent.

Who voted for us/against the unified bid?
The votes of all member associations are public. You can find that information on fifa.com

What happens now?
Now that the United States, Canada and Mexico have successfully won the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the three countries can begin working with FIFA on delivering the best World Cup in history that will have a lasting legacy for soccer in the United States and around the world.

2026 WORLD CUP FACTS & FIGURES

  • Number of Teams: 48
  • Number of Matches: 80
  • Number of Players: +1,100
  • Candidate Host Cites: 23
  • Proposed Training Sites: 150
  • Projected Revenue: $14 billion
  • Projected Profit: $11 billion
  • Projected Economic Impact: $5 billion
  • Projected Ticket Sales: 5.8 million

COMPETITION
 

When is the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
The exact dates will be set by FIFA in the future.

What are the Official Host Cities of the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021.  A total of 23 candidate host cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States were included as part of the offer to FIFA to provide maximum flexibility and leverage when making the best choice for where and how to stage the Competition.

Will Canada/USA/Mexico automatically have a spot in the 2026 World Cup?
That decision will be made by the FIFA Council in the future.

How many teams will compete in the competition?
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first with 48 teams – the largest ever.

How many games will each country host?
Under the current plan, the United States will host 60 matches, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 each.

When are matches being played in (city)?
Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.

What is the schedule for the competition?
Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.

When is the 2026 FIFA World Cup Official Draw?
Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.  We anticipate it will take place in December 2025.

What is the qualification process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
Those details will be decided by FIFA in the future.

When and where do Canada/USA/Mexico play their matches?
The schedule will be decided by FIFA once the host cities have been decided, the teams have qualified, etc.

Will the matches being broadcast on TV in  Canada/USA/Mexico/Internationally?
We fully expect this to be the most-watched, most connected FIFA World Cup in history. We will spend the next eight years planning and executing efforts to engage fans all around the world.

TICKETS & TRAVEL

 

When can I purchase tickets for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
That will be decided by FIFA in the future.

How do I purchase tickets for the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
That will be decided by FIFA in the future.

How much will tickets to the 2026 FIFA World Cup cost?
That will be decided by FIFA in the future.

How will I be able to follow my team across international borders?
We are committed to all fans being able to visit North America, attend games and enjoy the experience of what we plan on making the best World Cup in history.

Will VISAs be provided for all three countries?
Given that Canada, Mexico and the United States have just been awarded the right to host in 2026, it is still a bit early to outline or comment on VISA policies and practices. What we can say is we are committed to all fans being able to visit North America, attend games and enjoy the experience of what we plan on making the best World Cup in history. It would have been impossible to have pursued the privilege of hosting without a firm pledge and commitment to make the 2026 FIFA World Cup accessible to all.

Will there be ticket and travel packages?
Details will be figured out in the years ahead.

VOLUNTEERING & OTHER INFO

 

How can I volunteer for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and when does it begin?
There will be opportunities to work for the World Cup – including an extensive volunteer program. Details will be shared in the coming months. In the months ahead we will be able to share various details on volunteering, including registration, language capabilities, citizenship requirements and other important information.

How can I stay informed about all aspects of the 2026 FIFA World Cup?
Details will be shared in the coming months. 

Where can I buy 2026 FIFA World Cup clothing or merchandise?
We can’t wait to unveil official merchandise and gear in the months ahead.  

How can my child try out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup? 
Playing for your National Team in a World Cup is the highest honor for a player. Those teams won’t be picked for a long time, so for now we wish that your child is having as much fun as possible playing soccer and can reach the highest level they hope to achieve. That’s what makes hosting the World Cup so great – it gives young kids something to dream about it!