Gianni Infantino talked about the 2026 World Cup and left open the possibility that Mexico would host more matches than originally scheduled. “It is possible (that Mexico receives more games), it is being discussed and finalized. There are 10 in the 80-game plan. Certainly we will have more in each country and city, It would be better because it would have more emotion in a country like Mexico. It would be better with historic stadiums like the Azteca, which will be the first to host three World Cups. It would be fantastic,” Infantino said in an interview for the TUDN network.
The FIFA president’s phrase comes amid the presentation of the 2026 World Cup brand in the United States, Mexico and Canada, the first World Cup to be played in three hosting countries. Infantino announced that the event would have a message of “companionship and unity” that would be “the craziest ever”.
These days it is being analyzed that Mexico has more matches for the 2026 World Cup and not just the 10 games that were announced earlier. Games on Mexican soil would be split between the Akron (Jalisco) and BBVA (Nuevo León) stadiums.
On his part, Victor Montagliani, FIFA Vice President and President of CONCACAF, enthusiastically analyzed the 2026 World Cup party: “It will be a great football party and will take the king of the game to the top of the CONCACAF region and the whole world”.
2026 World Cup: A different World Cup
The next World Cup will be played in Mexico, the United States and Canada and will be the first to be hosted by three countries and the first to be held with more than 32 teams: 48 teams will play.
There are already dates on the agenda. The World Cup will begin on May 31 and the final will be held on July 19. A total of 104 games will be played across the cup in 16 venues, with 12 groups of four teams each.