Houston is set to host seven matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup at NRG Stadium, including a pair of matches in the knockout round, FIFA officials announced Feb. 4.

The overview

NRG Stadium will host five group-stage matches and two knockout-round games in 2026.

According to the schedule, the group-stage matches in Houston will be held:
  • June 14
  • June 17
  • June 20
  • June 23
  • June 26
Additionally, FIFA officials noted Houston will host the following two knockout-round matches:
  • Round of 32, June 29
  • Round of 16, July 9
How we got here

In 2022, FIFA announced Houston was one of 16 cities across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. that would host matches for the tournament in 2026.

In all, 104 matches with a 48-country field are planned for the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by three countries for the first time in tournament history.

Other than Houston, the other North American host cities include:
  • Arlington, Texas
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Inglewood, California
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Santa Clara, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
What they’re saying

Houston Mayor John Whitmire said it was an honor for the city to host the event in a Feb. 4 statement.

“Hosting such a prestigious event will provide an incredible opportunity for our city to showcase its culture, hospitality and infrastructure on a global stage,” Whitmire said in a statement. “We are committed to working closely with FIFA to ensure that all preparations are in place to welcome the world and provide an unforgettable experience for players, fans and visitors.”