The 2026 World Cup is something new – here’s what you need to know about the tournament

The 2026 World Cup is something new – here's what you need to know about the tournament

The next World Cup will be in 2026. It is already clear that there will be two innovations. All information about modes and hosts:

soccer world cup 2022 in qatar Immediately after being awarded in 2010, it caused heated discussions and a lot of criticism. One factor was that the tournament had to be held in winter and not summer for the first time due to high temperatures. In 2026, the World Cup will take place in June and July as usual. However, there are two major innovations.

Where will the 2026 World Cup be held? Information about the mode and venue of the next World Cup

On one hand, the World Cup will be held in three countries for the first time. In 2018, world governing body FIFA awarded the tournament to the USA, Mexico and Canada. The United States (1994) and Mexico (1970 and 1986) already have experience as World Cup hosts, but Canada is hosting the World Cup for the first time. FIFA is also making a decisive change to the mode.

For the first time, a total of 48 countries can participate in the World Cup. Since 1998, there have been 32 participants in each World Championship. As of the current situation, there should no longer be groups of four, but the preliminary round will be divided into 16 groups of three. According to the Guardian, however, discussions are ongoing as to whether to return to the mode with groups of four.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino during a press conference.

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Football World Cup 2026 will take place in 3 countries – the stadiums have already been decided

In the summer of 2022 it was announced which stadiums would host the 2026 World Cup. In Canada, games will take place in Vancouver (BC Place Stadium) and Toronto (BMO Field). The US selected the following venues: New York City Metropolitan Area (MetLife Stadium), Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Metropolitan Area (AT&T Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Houston (NRG Stadium), Atlanta (Mercedes- Benz Stadium), Los Angeles metropolitan area (Sophie Stadium), Seattle (Lumen Field), San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium), Boston metro area (Gillette Stadium), Miami metro area (Hard Rock Stadium).

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Mexico has a total of three World Cup venues: Mexico City (Aztec Stadium), the metropolitan area of ​​Monterrey (Estadio BBVA Bancomer) and Guadalajara (Estadio Acron). It is not yet clear in which stadium the opening match and the final will be held. Incidentally, the next European Football Championship will be held in Germany in 2024. (new)

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