The 2026 FIFA World Cup is expected to be an event like no other.
Held across North America and hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada, the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first 48-team tournament in the event’s history.
With the highly anticipated tournament just four years away, fans are hoping to learn all they can about where and when each of the competition’s milestones will take place. The centerpiece of the tournament will be the 2026 World Cup finals, which will captivate viewers in the United States and around the world.
the latest information available regarding the 2026 FIFA World Cup Final scheduled for July 19, 2026.
The World Cup schedule is reportedly scheduled to be released on February 4, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. ET, when the locations of the finals and all other games will be revealed.
Where is the 2026 World Cup Final?
It is currently unknown where the 2026 World Cup finals will be held. On 18 July 2022, FIFA announced the venues for the tournament’s matches, but the specific matches allocated to these stadiums have not yet been officially determined.
However, AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas is believed to receive the lucrative and historic honor. For months, reports suggested that the home of the Dallas Cowboys beat out rivals MetLife Stadium (metro New York) and SoFi Stadium (Los Angeles, CA) for the game’s most visible and important honor.
According to Jorge Ramos of ESPN Deportes in mid-August 2023, AT&T Stadium has the lead to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup Final over the other two mentioned venues.
Then, in January 2024, around the time FIFA announced the plan’s unveiling date, the official X (formerly Twitter) account of the AT&T Stadium reposted a FIFA release with an eye emoji, suggesting that something big could be on the horizon. At the same time, Martin Lipton of The Sun in the UK reported that AT&T Stadium had been allocated for the 2026 final.
SoFi would be an ideal setting as one of the world’s most spectacular new venues. However, it appears that SoFi has not only fallen out of contention for the finals, but may not host any matches in the tournament at all. In the fall of 2023, news emerged regarding a dispute between SoFi Stadium owner Stan Kroenke and FIFA over how to split matchday revenue, leading to an apparent breakup.
As of mid-October 2023, SoFi Stadium will not host any matches during the 2026 World Cup, according to ESPN Deportes’ John Sutcliffe, prompting speculation about whether FIFA will replace the venue and who might be in the mix. The Rose Bowl could be an iconic replacement to keep Los Angeles in the mix, or Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is close and widely recognized.
There are also a few iconic places that don’t seem to be vying for the prestigious honor.
One famous stadium that will not be hosting the 2026 World Cup final is the Estadio Azteca. FIFA has announced that all knockout stage matches will be played in the United States, meaning the Mexico City stadium, which has hosted two previous World Cup finals, will not be selected.
The Rose Bowl was left off the final list of venues for the 2026 World Cup. While it could potentially return to the tournament after the removal of SoFi Stadium, it is highly unlikely that the old LA venue would suddenly find itself in the finals. The massive Los Angeles stadium hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and Italy, but was eclipsed in the bidding process by the brand new SoFi Stadium.