MIAMI – 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.
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“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,” Tom Garfinkel, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium said. ” 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.”
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.
“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,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. “Soccer runs through the veins of our county. After years of collaboration with partners across the region, we couldn’t be more proud to welcome FIFA to Miami-Dade.”
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.