This Sunday, February 4, 2023, the official 2026 FIFA World Cup venue schedule was announced, with official venues and dates for the USMNT and the Mexican national team. The United States will play its first game on June 12, 2026, at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
The massive 70-thousand-plus stadium will also house the USMNT’s third group stage game in the World Cup on June 25, 2026. The second game in the global competition for the U.S. will be played in Seattle’s Lumen Field on June 19, 2026.
Gregg Berhalter’s men are far from even thinking about the World Cup, with the very prestigious Copa America being played on U.S. soil this summer. Sofi Stadium will also be a venue in the Copa America, but it will not host the USMNT in the group stage of the competition.
— U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team (@USMNT) February 4, 2024
Mexico will play a group stage game against Venezuela at Sofi Stadium, as their 2026 FIFA World Cup schedule was also announced. The inaugural match of the World Cup will be played at the historic Estadio Azteca on June 11, 2026, in what is expected to be an absolute festivity in one of soccer’s holy grounds.
El Tri will then play their second group stage match in the 2026 FIFA World Cup on June 18 and finish their group stage games back at the Estadio Azteca on June 24. Mexico is also currently focusing on the upcoming Copa America, but after that will shift focus on the World Cup with plenty of time to prepare with no CONCACAF qualifiers to play, like the U.S.
A total of 13 games will played in Mexico between the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, and Estadio BBVA in Monterrey.
Canada will also host 13 games, including the first-ever World Cup game in Canada on June 12, while the bulk of the games will be played in the United States with 14 matches in California, eight at Sofi Stadium (including a quarterfinal match), and six at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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