New York New Jersey Stadium to host soccer World Cup's final match in 2026

The final match of the 2026 soccer World Cup will be played at a stadium in the US state of New Jersey.

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, announced on Sunday that New York New Jersey Stadium will host the match on July 19, 2026.

The venue is the home of the National Football League's New York Jets and New York Giants. It can house more than 80,000 spectators.

FIFA also said the tournament's opener will be held in the Mexican capital of Mexico City on June 11.

It will be the first World Cup to be co-hosted by three countries -- the United States, Canada and Mexico. Matches are scheduled to take place in 16 cities. The slots will be expanded to 48 teams from the current 32.

The group stage will last 17 days, with 48 teams divided into 12 groups. The top two teams from each group and the top eight performers of third-place teams will advance to the knockout stage.

Japan, 17th in the current world ranking, is aiming for an eighth straight slot. It will play 116th-ranked North Korea in the second round of World Cup qualifiers in Asia next month.