In July 2026, the FIFA World Cup is coming to North America, with games played in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The World Cup is held every four years and is one of the largest, if not the largest, sporting events in the world. Sixteen cities will host the 48 teams. But where the biggest game will take place, the final, won’t officially be announced until February 4.
That said, rumors are swirling about one location winning out: AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
— AT&T Stadium (@ATTStadium) January 18, 2024
Dallas has been in conversation as the frontrunner since mid 2023 after ESPN Deportes published a story that it was the lead location, according to Sporting News. Then the UK tabloid The Sun reported in January that their reporter was told it will indeed be AT&T Stadium, official announcement notwithstanding.
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles were the other two locations that were getting the most hype to host the final. The latter, however, will no longer host any games due to a dispute between the stadium owner and FIFA’s top brass.
Dallas News wasn’t able to independently confirm the rumors with officials in Dallas. That said, those officials also didn’t outright dispute why it’s a beneficial location, from its world-class facilities to the all-important Texas summer concern of indoor climate control. And the benefits are obvious: one person said hosting the World Cup would be as big as hosting eight Super Bowls.
While three countries will see games, the large number of knockout games will all be held in the US.
World Cup cities in the US
- Kansas City
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey/New York
- Bay Area
World Cup cities in Mexico
- Mexico City
World Cup cities in Canada