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How to get tickets for World Cup 2026


In this series, Lonely Planet’s team of writers and editors answers your travel problems and provides tips and hacks to help you plan a hassle-free trip. Here, US writer John Garry shares intel on getting tickets to the next World Cup, set to take place in his home country. 

Question: After watching the World Cup over the past four weeks, I really want to go to a tournament. How do I go about getting tickets to the World Cup in 2026?

John Garry: It’s easy to understand why anyone watching the World Cup in Qatar would catch a case of footy fever: the non-stop, unscripted drama of serious soccer playing is more nail-biting than anything you’ll find on Netflix. The coronation of Lionel Messi as this year’s World Cup king was the stuff of legends. The surprise success of Morocco will be remembered for decades to come. 

But if you want to get tickets to FIFA’s 2026 World Cup, you’ll have to wait. 

“Information regarding ticketing for the FIFA World Cup 2026 will be available in due course,” says FIFA’s website. “Please check this page regularly for further updates.”

To receive information about applying for tickets, register here. According to the United 2026 World Cup bid book, tickets will likely go on sale in 2025.

Still, there’s plenty to consider while waiting for tickets to drop. Here’s what you need to know. 

The historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena California, where the World Cup final was held in 1994, could be hosting matches in 2026  ©Shutterstock

Where will the tournament take place? 

The games will take place in 16 cities across North America, and for the first time in World Cup history, they’ll span three countries. Canada will host for the first time, the US will host for the second, and Mexico will become the first country to host the World Cup three times. 

Of the tournament’s 80 games, 60 will kick off in 11 US cities: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. The 20 remaining games will be split between Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Toronto, and Vancouver. Destinations for the first and final matches have yet to be decided. 

After FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced the picks for cities last June, he predicted that ‘football’ would soon become the No. 1 sport in the US. “I think this part of the world doesn’t realize what will happen here in 2026,” said Infantino at a press conference. “These three countries will be upside down. The…

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