Philadelphia to Host Six FIFA World Cup 2026 Matches Including July 4th Showdown
In a groundbreaking announcement, FIFA revealed on Sunday afternoon that Philadelphia will serve as the venue for six matches during the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup 2026, with a notable Round of 16 clash set for July 4th.
Philadelphia’s hosting duties will kick off with five gripping group stage encounters, commencing with Match No. 9 on Sunday, June 14th, followed by Match No. 29 on Friday, June 19th. The city will witness more thrilling action with a match scheduled for Monday, June 22nd, along with final group stage showdowns on Thursday, June 25th, and Saturday, June 27th. The knockout phase will culminate in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 4th, coinciding with the United States’ semiquincentennial celebrations.
The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City will witness the tournament’s opening match on June 11th, featuring Mexico’s inaugural group stage encounter. Meanwhile, the United States Men’s National Team will commence their 2026 campaign in Los Angeles on June 12th, with additional group stage fixtures slated for Seattle and a return to LA for the finale. Toronto will mark Canada’s debut in the FIFA World Cup with their national team featured on June 12th.
The selection of host cities for the tournament’s 104 games was unveiled on June 16, 2022, with Philadelphia being chosen as one of 11 Host City spots in the United States. Philadelphia Soccer 2026, in collaboration with its key partners, spearheaded a robust and compelling bid over the past five years, leading to FIFA’s decision to grant Host City status to Philadelphia, alongside other U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/New Jersey, San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle.
In addition to the U.S. cities, five cities in Canada and Mexico will also play host to matches, including Toronto, Vancouver, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.
For further details regarding Philadelphia’s role as a FIFA World Cup 2026™ Host City, interested parties are encouraged to visit www.philadelphia2026.com