FIFA World Cup is coming to Miami in 2026
On June 16, 2022, FIFA – international soccer’s governing body – announced that it has selected Greater Miami & Miami Beach as a host destination for FIFA World Cup 2026. The 2026 World Cup will be held in cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Miami was one of 16 U.S. locations that bid to host matches.
“We’re honored that FIFA has chosen Miami to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). “Our GMCVB team, alongside the County and Hard Rock Stadium, as well as our hotel partners and community stakeholders, have worked tirelessly since 2017 through a very competitive process to bring the World Cup to Greater Miami & Miami Beach.”
The matches will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium which is home to the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins. In the past the Stadium hosted high – profile sporting events like six Super Bowls, the Miami Open tennis tournament and this year for the first time the Miami Grand Prix Formula 1 race.
The schedule has not yet been finalized, but matches will take place in June and July 2026. At least 48 countries will qualify for the 2026 World Cup, so Hard Rock Stadium will surely be the site of some exciting matchups.
Greater Miami & Miami Beach is a global destination and knows how to host major global events. People want to visit to enjoy its beautiful beaches, amazing museums and attractions, fine dining and diverse, multicultural neighborhoods. Another important consideration is ease of access and the Miami International Airport is centrally located, only 17 miles from Hard Rock Stadium. It ranks second among U.S. airports for international passengers, and it offers more flights to and from Latin America and the Caribbean than any other airport in the country.