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Kansas City to host 6 FIFA World Cup matches in 2026

4 group-stage matches, 1 Round of 32, 1 quarterfinal
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Posted at 1:55 PM, Feb 04, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City learned Sunday it will host six matches in the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

Four group-stage matches will be held on June 16, June 20, June 25 and June 27.

KC also picked up two knockout round games — a Round of 32 match on July 3 and a quarterfinal match on July 11.

All games will be played at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, which will undergo renovations to meet FIFA specifications before 2026.

KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas said preparing for the international stage will take work, but he said it will also bring jobs and economic development to Kansas City.

"So for us, when we say jobs, it means whatever we already see from game day employment, and then you are just adding that to restaurants, hotels, taverns, so many more, frankly, throughout all of Missouri and Kansas and throughout the entire midwest," Lucas said.

Soccer fans celebrated KC's schedule reveal with a watch party at No Other Pub in downtown KC.

Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC, was in attendance at the party. After the announcement, she told KSHB 41 News that KC will be in the "global spotlight; nothing like we've ever seen."

A recap of the announcement can be found HERE.

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Mexico City will kick off the 2026 FIFA World Cup on June 11 at Estadio Azteca.

In total, Mexico will host 13 matches.

Guadalajara will host four group-stage matches, Monterrey will host three group-stage matches and a Round of 32 match, and Mexico City will host three group-stage matches as well as one Round of 32 match and one Round of 16 matchup.

Canada will open its World Cup play on June 12 in Toronto.

Toronto and Vancouver will each host five group-stage matches and one Round of 32 matchup. Vancouver has also been selected to host a Round of 16 game.

Eleven cities in the U.S. will host matches.

  • Seattle: four group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one Round of 16
  • San Francisco Bay Area: five group-stage matches, one Round of 32
  • Los Angeles: five group-stage matches, two Round of 32, one quarterfinal
  • Houston: five group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one Round of 16
  • Dallas: five group-stage matches, two Round of 32, one Round of 16, one semifinal
  • Kansas City: four group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one quarterfinal
  • Atlanta: five group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one Round of 16, one semifinal
  • Miami: four group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one quarterfinal, bronze-medal match
  • Boston: five group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one quarterfinal
  • Philadelphia: five group-stage matches, one Round of 16
  • New York/New Jersey: five group-stage matches, one Round of 32, one Round of 16, final

The bronze-medal match will be held in Miami, with the final to be held in New York/New Jersey on July 19.
FIFA World Cup '26 will feature 104 matches across the three host countries and 16 host cities.