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When and where is the 2026 World Cup?

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The 2022 World Cup officially begins on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar featuring 64 matches contested by 32 nations in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

This year marks the very first time that the World Cup is taking place in the Middle East. Qatar, which is the smallest nation to ever host the event, has average high temperatures in June and July of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why FIFA made the decision to host the 22nd edition of the World Cup in the Fall. As always, this year’s World Cup marks four years until the next edition of the tournament, which will make history with three different nations hosting matches.  See below for location information for both the 2022 and 2026 World Cups.

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2022 World Cup Venues:

The 2022 World Cup took place in the following venues:

  • Al Bayt Stadium – 22 miles from central Doha
  • Lusail Stadium – 12 miles from central Doha
  • Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – 12 miles from central Doha
  • Al Janoub Stadium – 14 miles from central Doha
  • Al Thumama Stadium – 8 miles from central Doha
  • Education City Stadium – 8 miles from central Doha
  • Khalifa International Stadium – 3 miles from central Doha
  • Stadium 974 – 6 miles from central Doha

Where will the 2026 World Cup take place?

The 2026 World Cup will take place in three North American countries: the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This will be the first time that the tournament is hosted by three different nations and it will be the very first time that the event will be contested in Canada. There will be a total of 16 venues used as host cities for the 2026 World Cup. The U.S. will have 11, Canada will have 2, and Mexico will have 3.

Additionally, the 2026 World Cup will debut an expanded format featuring 48 teams–as opposed to 32–split into 16 groups of 3.

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2026 World Cup host cities

USA (11)

Atlanta – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Boston – Gillette Stadium
Dallas – AT&T Stadium
Houston – NRG Stadium
Kansas City – Arrowhead Stadium
Los Angeles – SoFi Stadium
Miami – Hard Rock Stadium
New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
Seattle – Lumen Field

Canada (2)

Toronto – BMO Field
Vancouver – BC Place

Mexico (3)

Guadalajara – Estadio Akron
Mexico City – Estadio Azteca
Monterrey – Estadio BBVA

When is the 2026 World Cup?

The 2026 World Cup is scheduled to take place from June 8 through July 3.


2022 World Cup U.S. Group Stage Schedule:

  • U.S. vs. Wales – Monday, November 21 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs. England – Friday, November 25 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs Iran – Tuesday, November 29 at 2 PM ET

2022 World Cup Mexico Group Stage Schedule:

  • Mexico vs. Poland – Tuesday, November 22 at 11 AM ET
  • Mexico vs Argentina – Saturday, November 26 at 2 PM ET
  • Mexico  vs Saudi Arabia – Wednesday, November 30 at 2 PM ET

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How to watch the 2022 World Cup:

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channel in English: Fox
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

 Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2022 World Cup!

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2022 World Cup: What are the overtime and penalty kick rules?

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The 2022 World Cup takes place on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar featuring 64 matches contested by 32 nations in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

This will be the very first time that a World Cup is being contested in the Middle East but that’s not all that will be new at this year’s tournament.

For the first time in history, the Men’s tournament will have female referees. There will be a total of six: 3 officials and 3 assistants. The officials are Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan). Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico), and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA) are the assistants.

Additionally, this will be the first World Cup where teams will be allowed to make 5 substitutions and have 26-player squads. Previously, teams were only allowed to make 3 substitutions and have 23-player squads. Teams will also have the opportunity to make an additional concussion substitution if needed.

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What are the overtime and penalty kick rules at the World Cup?

If a game is tied after 90 minutes of play, there will be a five minute break and then the match will go into overtime where an extra 30 minutes of time will be given. The time will be divided into two 15-minute periods.

If the score is still tied after extra time is given, the two teams will go into a penalty kick shootout to determine the winner. If there is still a tie at the end of the shootout, teams will be given additional rounds of one kick each until the tie is broken.

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How to watch the 2022 World Cup:

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channel in English: Fox
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

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2022 World Cup U.S. Group Stage Schedule:

  • U.S. vs. Wales – Monday, November 21 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs. England – Friday, November 25 at 2 PM ET
  • U.S. vs Iran – Tuesday, November 29 at 2 PM ET

2022 World Cup Mexico Group Stage Schedule:

  • Mexico vs. Poland – Tuesday, November 22 at 11 AM ET
  • Mexico vs Argentina – Saturday, November 26 at 2 PM ET
  • Mexico  vs Saudi Arabia – Wednesday, November 30 at 2 PM ET

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Copa Mundial en Español – Peacock

You can stream all 64 matches of the 2022 Copa Mundial en Español on Peacock.

What devices are compatible with Peacock?

Peacock is available on a variety of devices. See the full list here.

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2022 World Cup: Full list of past winners year-by-year

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The 2022 World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20, and runs through Sunday, December 18 in Qatar. This year’s tournament features 32 teams competing in 8 stadiums over the course of 29 days.

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Not only is this the first World Cup to be held in November-December, but this year–the 22nd edition of the tournament–marks the first time that the World Cup is being contested in the Middle East. Qatar, which is the smallest-ever nation to host the event, has an average high temperature in June and July of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, FIFA made the decision to move the tournament which is usually held during traditional summer months, to the fall.

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France enters the tournament as the defending champion and could become just the third nation to win back-to-back titles. However, that will only come if they can avoid the fate of the curse thrust upon the last 3 World Cup defending champions, who were each eliminated in the group stage four years later. See below for the complete list of World Cup winners by year.

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Past World Cup Winners by Year

1930 – Uruguay

  • Runner Up: Argentina
  • Third place: United States

1934 – Italy

  • Runner Up: Czechoslovakia
  • Third Place: Germany

1938 – Italy

  • Runner Up: Hungary
  • Third Place: Brazil

1950 – Uruguay

  • Runner Up: Brazil
  • Third Place: Sweden

1954 – West Germany

  • Runner Up: Hungary
  • Third Place: Austria

1958 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Sweden
  • Third Place: France

1962 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Czechoslovakia
  • Third Place: Chile

1966 – England

  • Runner Up: West Germany
  • Third Place: Portugal

1970 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Italy
  • Third Place: West Germany

1974 – West Germany

  • Runner Up: Netherlands
  • Third Place: Poland

1978 – Argentina

  • Runner Up: Netherlands
  • Third Place: Brazil

1982 – Italy

  • Runner Up: West Germany
  • Third Place: Poland

1986 – Argentina

  • Runner Up: West Germany
  • Third Place: France

1990 – West Germany

  • Runner Up: Argentina
  • Third Place: Italy

1994 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Italy
  • Third Place: Sweden

1998 – France

  • Runner Up: Brazil
  • Third Place: Croatia

2002 – Brazil

  • Runner Up: Germany
  • Third Place: Turkey

2006 – Italy

  • Runner Up: France
  • Third Place: Germany

2010 – Spain

  • Runner Up: Netherlands
  • Third Place: Germany

2014 – Germany

  • Runner Up: Argentina
  • Third Place: Netherlands

2018 – France

  • Runner Up: Croatia
  • Third Place: Belgium

Which country has won the most World Cup titles?

Brazil has won a total of 5 World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

*All times are listed as ET

  • When: November 20, 2022 – December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5 am, 8 am, 11 am, and 2 pm
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channel in English: Fox
  • TV channels, Streaming en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock

Follow along with ProSoccerTalk for the latest news, scores, storylines, and updates surrounding the 2022 World Cup, and be sure to subscribe to NBC Sports on YouTube!

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