All the way back in June 2022 we shared the news that Seattle won its bid to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup. Ever since then, we’ve been waiting for the exact number of Seattle matches and their dates to be announced. This week Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) released the 2026 World Cup match schedule. There will be a total of six FIFA World Cup matches in Seattle in the summer of 2026!
Read on for the exact dates and all the details.
The six matches in Seattle include four group-stage matches in June and two knockout matches in July. The matches will be hosted by Lumen Field, which is home to the Seahawks, Sounders and Seattle Reign. Lumen Field will need to convert
Here are the dates of the group-stage matches:
- June 15, 2026
- June 19, 2026 (the United States men’s national team will play at this match!)
- June 24, 2026
- June 26, 2026
And these are the dates of the two knockout matches:
- July 1, 2026
- July 6, 2026
Even if you’re not typically a soccer fan, this news affects you because it’s such a big deal for Seattle. World Cup host cities can expect to have thousands of jobs supported and millions of dollars of revenue pour in. Our city’s bid to host has been in the works since 2015, and it’s estimated that over two billion people will be viewing the Seattle matches.
Lumen Field can hold 69,000 fans. Ticket competition will likely be fierce, although FIFA has not yet announced when ticket sales will start. If you don’t plan on trying for tickets to any of the matches, you may want to think about taking a nice vacation away from Seattle during those dates. The city is going to be packed with visitors like never before!
We will be sure to keep you updated on any more news regarding the World Cup, including the start of ticket sales.