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2026 World Cup final to include never-before-seen feature as unusual venue confirmed

Tom Jenkins

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2026 World Cup final to include never-before-seen feature as unusual venue confirmed

The 2026 FIFA World Cup final is set to be a historic occasion as the venue for the final has been revealed.

The entire tournament will be groundbreaking in its own right as it will be hosted by a continent rather than a singular country.

Mexico, Canada, and the United States will share the responsibility of hosting the record-breaking 104 matches, with the controversial new World Cup format being introduced for the first time.

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The revised format requires 72 group stage matches to be completed in 15 days, requiring up to five matches back to back in the first two rounds of games.

These changes mean some teams will only get four days rest over the course of the group stage.

A statement on the new format stated: "Based on a thorough review that considered sporting integrity, player welfare, team travel, commercial and sporting attractiveness, as well as team and fan experience, the Fifa Council unanimously approved the proposed amendment to the Fifa World Cup 2026 competition format from 16 groups of three to 12 groups of four.

"With the top two and eight best third-placed teams progressing to a round of 32.

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"The revised format mitigates the risk of collusion and ensures that all the teams play a minimum of three matches, while providing balanced rest time between competing teams."

According to The Sun, Fifa has reportedly chosen Dallas to be their main headquarters for the tournament, over the likes of New York and Miami.

The source also claims that the venue for the final has been confirmed as the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium.

AT&T Stadium view- Getty
AT&T Stadium view- Getty
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This decision means for the first time in the competition's history, the final will be played indoors, rather than in an open-top stadium.

Tournament chiefs are expected to officially confirm details about the first 48-team World Cup next month following a meeting in London.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: FIFA Club World Cup, Football, NFL, USA

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