FIFA World Cup 2026

When FIFA World Cup 2026 comes to Seattle, it holds the potential to be a transformational event for our city and region.

The match allotment for each host city for the upcoming World Cup was announced by FIFA on Sunday, with Seattle holding six matches. More specifically, the Emerald City will have four group stage games – including one U.S. Men’s National Team match – as well as one game each in the Round of 32 and the Round of 16. 

“Today’s announcement has continued to build on the excitement we share for our community and the impact of hosting six matches for the FIFA 2026 World Cup,” said President of Business of Business Operations Hugh Weber. “To do so, giving fans the ability to witness the USMNT in competitive action is a rare and wonderful opportunity that we look forward to being a part of.”

Seattle was first named as a host city for FIFA World Cup 2026 back on June 16, 2022. It was a historic occasion for the city’s soccer community, bringing the biggest sporting event on the planet to the Pacific Northwest. 

Fast forward 20 months, and the reality of this monumental occasion has started to crystalize as Seattle prepares to welcome the world.

“I’ve stated previously that bringing the FIFA World Cup to Seattle is perhaps the biggest moment in the soccer history of our region, but today’s news makes that feeling all the more real,” noted Sounders FC Majority Owner Adrian Hanauer. “To be hosting FIFA World Cup matches in and of itself is a momentous thing, but to see the United States Men’s National Team playing in the Emerald City on the world’s biggest stage is an honor.”

The 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States ignited a period of exponential growth in the popularity of soccer across our country. Despite not being a host city in 1994, Seattle has become one of the most passionate and dedicated soccer markets in America.