Fifa Announces Miami As Host City For World Cup In 2026

FIFA – the governing body of international soccer – announced Miami-Dade as one of the U.S. hosts for FIFA World Cup 2026™ matches. Local matches will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The 2026 World Cup will be held throughout North America – across Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Miami was selected from 16 cities across the United States that submitted bids to host World Cup matches. Each city is expected to host up to six matches, with the exact schedule yet to be determined. Hard Rock Stadium was built to FIFA specifications, and has hosted several high-profile matches, including the highest grossing soccer match in North American history, El Clásico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, in 2017.  Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that “Miami-Dade is the ideal community to host the 2026 World Cup. Our residents hail from every corner of the world, creating a vibrant metropolitan area unlike any other in the United States. Soccer runs through the veins of our county.”  According to City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez “As the only urban area in America to host every major sport plus Formula 1, Miami has long established itself as international epicenter of sports and culture – and as one of the most diverse and vibrant areas in the world. I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting the world’s most popular sport on the world’s largest stage.”  And, Tom Garfinkel, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium spoke for the entire community in saying “We are thrilled that the 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to Miami. The Hard Rock Stadium campus is a global entertainment destination reflective of the dynamic and international culture of Miami. This selection was a culmination of collaborative work from multiple stakeholders including Stephen Ross, Miami-Dade County officials and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. We are excited to showcase our community on a worldwide stage and deliver an amazing experience and best in class event for players and fans.”