Goal Fever: Anticipating the 2026 FIFA World Cup Showdown in America



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Goal Fever: Anticipating the 2026 FIFA World Cup Showdown in America
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The final match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be played on July 19 at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, marking the culmination of the 39-day tournament. The International Soccer Federation (FIFA) announced today that the opening match of this global spectacle will begin on June 11 at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

The semifinals are scheduled for July 14 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and July 15 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Anticipation is growing, even though the World Cup is just over two years away, soccer fans across America are already excited.

The quarterfinal matches are scheduled to take place July 9-11 at various locations, including Massachusetts, Inglewood, Kansas City and Miami. The battle for third place will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on July 18, giving the teams a chance for redemption and a spot on the podium.

Canada will host several group stage games, along with Mexico in Monterrey and Guadalajara. It is expected that this distribution of games across North America will bring a unique flavor to the tournament, something that is expected from the World Cup.

All 11 stadiums in the United States selected for the event are home to NFL clubs, which speaks volumes for the seriousness of the preparations and the size and scale of the World Cup. The MetLife Stadium, where the final will be held, will surely be a suitable stage for the climax of this soccer story.

The marketing potential of the USA itself will contribute to the popularity of the next World Cup. From the next championship in 2026, a new format will be introduced with 48 teams, and the hosting duties will be divided between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

This expansion will see a total of 104 matches played during the tournament, a significant increase from the previous 64. With different cities across North America hosting this global celebration of soccer, the tournament will already be in high gear at the beginning of 2026. The United States of America will be the center of the world in the summer of 2026.