FIFA WORLD CUP 2026

11 JUNE – 19 JULY 2026 | USA, CANADA & MEXICO

Insider Sports has been offering access to once-in-a-lifetime American sporting events for over 10 years.  With arguably the world’s biggest individual sporting event coming to North America in 2026, we are now accepting Expressions of Interest to help with our planning of the Ticket & Hotel packages that we’ll make available.

Please fill out the form to register your interest in the FIFA World Cup to be played in North America, with the opening game being played on 11 June in Guadalajara, and the final game being played at MetLife Stadium in New York / New Jersey on the 19 July.  We’ll be in touch when have more details to share, and prior to any on sale.

 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BELOW

Or you can call or email us directly: +61 3 9859 0660 or info@insiderexperience.com

OUR FIFA WORLD CUP 2026 PACKAGES INCLUDE:

– Premium accommodation options at either 4-star or 5-star hotels across each host city; shoulder nights available on top of the minimum # of nights required at most properties

– A variety of ticket options available, including access to the best seats in every stadium

– Hospitality options available, including VIP access to pre-game, in-game, post-game celebrations

– Access to VIP parties, clubs, and events across each host city (at an additional cost)

– Onsite dedicated IE Sports team member available across key dates at selected cities

 

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP LOCATIONS, DATES, TIMES, TICKETS AND MORE

The 2026 FIFA World Cup schedule, or at least it’s foundational shell has been revealed.  FIFA has released key details, locations and dates.  The 16 North American cities and stadiums selected to host the tournament have been named.  

The schedule is incredibly complex, more so than any other World Cup schedule ever constructed.  Hundreds of puzzle pieces are still missing, and some won’t be in place until after the World Cup Draw, likely in December 2025. 

Here is what we know and don’t know about the 2026 schedule, and some of the intricacies behind the thinking. 

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2026

With the exception of the three host countries (USA, Canada & Mexico), teams won’t be placed in cities until December 2025.  This is the target date for the World Cup draw. 

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE SCHEDULE | FIFA WORLD CUP 2026

1) We know when the tournament will start and end.

– 11 June Opening Game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (home of the Club America’ Mexican soccer club).

– 19 July Grand Final at MetLife Stadium in New York / New Jersey (home of the New York Giants and New York Jets in the NFL).

2) We know the dates and locations for the Semifinal games.

 – 14 July at AT&T Stadium in Dallas (home of the Dallas Cowboys).

 – 15 July at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (home of the Atlanta Falcons).

3) We know the dates and locations for the Quarterfinal Games.

–  9 July at Gillette Stadium in Boston (home of the New England Patriots).

– 10 July at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles (home of the LA Rams & LA Chargers).

– 11 July at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (home of the Miami Dolphins).

– 11 July at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Kansas City Chiefs).   

THE US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM | HOST COUNTRY FOR THE 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP

As one of the host countries, we know where & when the USA’s team will play in the Group Stage:

 – 12 June, 2026 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles

 – 19 June, 2026 at Lumen Field in Seattle

 – 25 June, 2026 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles 

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NEW FORMAT FOR THE 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP

In 2026, FIFA will expand to a 48-team World Cup, therefore teams will be drawn into 12 groups of four. The top two in each group, plus the eight best third-place teams will advance to the Round of 32 – the first of five single-elimination knockout rounds.

This is the first 48-team World Cup.  The 2026 Group Stage will be the longest and busiest ever staged.  After host-country openers, the first two weeks will feature four games per day.  The final four days of group play will each feature six games!

After the 17-day group phase, the Round of 32 will begin immediately with no days off.  The same applies for the Round of 16, no days off after play is completed from the Round of 32.  There will be 27 straight days of World Cup Soccer, which is unprecedented. 

TRAVEL ACROSS THE USA FOR THE 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP

In Qatar in 2022, all eight stadiums were within a 35-kilometre radius.  To mitigate coast to coast travel for teams and fans, FIFA has divided the 16 host cities into three distinct regions (or clusters):

– East Region: Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Toronto

– Central Region: Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey

– Western Region: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver  

Most teams and groups – though not all – will stay confined to one region during the group stage.  Come the knockouts, according to a World Cup official – paths will be designed to grant teams that top their group favourable travel itineraries. 

WHAT TIME WILL ALL THE GAMES START FOR THE WORLD CUP

No one really knows at this point.

In 2026, a typical day will feature four games, each lasting two hours, across multiple time zones and disparate climates.  That is what makes this entire scheduling exercise such a headache.

The ideal schedule for worldwide TV viewers and broadcasters will put each game in its own unique window, with at least 30 mins buffer in between.  

WHAT ABOUT THE STADIUMS HOSTING WORLD CUP GAMES?

All 11 US stadiums, even those already blessed with grass – will develop and install specialised natural-grass playing surfaces for the World Cup.

NFL fields are 53.3 yards wide.  FIFA requires a playing field at least 68 metres (74.4 yards) wide, with a total grass pitch area at least 85 meters by 125 meters (93 yards by 136.7 yards).  That’s a problem for several US stadiums, with some of them undergoing construction to remove sideline and corner seats to accommodate the World Cup requirements. 

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WHICH CITIES AND STADIUMS GOT WHICH WORLD CUP GAMES?

Here’s a full breakdown:

Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium).  8 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16, and 1 Semifinal.

Boston (Gillette Stadium).  7 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, and 1 Quarterfinal.

Dallas (AT&T Stadium) 9 games, 5 in group stage, 2 Round of 32, 1 Round of 15 and 1 Semifinal.

Houston (NRG Stadium) 7 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16

Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium) 6 games, 4 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Quarterfinal.

Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium) 8 games, 5 in group stage, 2 Round of 32, 1 Quarterfinal.

Miami (Hard Rock Stadium) 7 games, 4 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Quarterfinal and 3rd place match

New York (MetLife Stadium) 8 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16, Final match

Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field) 6 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 16

San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) 6 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32

Seattle (Lumen Field) 6 games, 4 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16

Toronto (BMO Field) 6 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32

Vancouver (BC Place) 7 games, 5 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16

Guadalajara (Estadio Akron) 4 games, all in group stage

Mexico City (Estadio Azteca) 5 games, 3 in group stage, 1 Round of 32, 1 Round of 16

Monterrey (Estadio BBVA) 4 games, 3 in group stage, 1 Round of 32                

 

HOW CAN I GET TICKETS TO THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2026

You can’t yet.  FIFA haven’t released any information about how or when tickets will be sold.

Insider Sports are preparing packages for Tickets + Hotel packages in a variety of host cities across the USA for the FIFA World Cup.

Please Register Your Interest to stay on top of the latest news and when we release package information.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why buy your 2026 FIFA World Cup tickets from Insider Sports?

Similar to our Super Bowl offering where we offer direct-from-the-NFL Official tickets, we will be offering direct-from-the-source ticket packages for the FIFA World Cup.  This means you have security that your tickets are authentic, and for Aussie travellers planning their long-haul trips, we know this is of value to you.

With all-inclusive pricing, you won’t have to worry about any hidden fees or added taxes. Insider Sports has a local Melbourne-based team accessible in one phone call for any concerns you have regarding your trip in the lead up to leaving Australia and during your trip while in the USA.

How do I book my FIFA Ticket + Hotel package?

Please email us at info@insiderexperience.com or call us to speak with one of our experienced team members about booking your 2026 FIFA World Cup experience.  Currently, we have an Expression of Interest form you should fill out, so we keep you updated as new information gets released.

Can I book my 2026 FIFA World Cup tickets after the draw takes place?

Waiting to see if your Country / Team qualifies for the 2026 Group Stage?  No problem. You can absolutely book your tickets + hotel packages when the World Cup Draw takes place.  To ensure you get the best available and authentic seats, we encourage you to book as far in advance as possible.

Can I book just a Ticket to a game or do I need to purchase a Hotel Package with you?

At this stage, we are only planning to sell Ticket + Hotel packages for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is always recommended for carefree travel. You’ll know you’re protected in case of any issues that arise during your trip.  Please note, the ESTA Visa process usually gets approved instantly, but if you’ve travelled to Cuba, or require additional VISA services, you need to plan your travel to the USA in advance.

Can I change the name of my booking at a later date?

Yes. Your booking can be altered subject to our Terms and Conditions. Our team will always do their best to work with you and make the requested changes. There are no refunds, or cancellations allowed, however.