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What you need to know about the World Cup coming to Vancouver in 2026

B.C. Place Stadium will host seven games at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including two of Canada's three group stage games. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/File - image credit)
B.C. Place Stadium will host seven games at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including two of Canada's three group stage games. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/File - image credit)

The FIFA World Cup is set to draw soccer players, fans and excitement to Vancouver in the summer of 2026.

The organization announced Sunday that Canada will host 13 out of the tournament's 104 games, with seven in Vancouver and six in Toronto.

Spread across Canada, Mexico and the United States, the 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, an expansion of 16 over previous tournaments.

A total of 16 cities across the three countries have been chosen to host games. Vancouver is scheduled to host five group stage matches in June — two of which will feature Team Canada, which has already qualified as a co-host — a Round of 32 knockout match and a Round of 16 elimination game in July.

The games will take place at B.C. Place, which has a capacity of 54,000. Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim said on CBC's The Early Edition Monday that the stadium will be refurbished for the tournament.

Fans react to a missed chance for Canada as they take on Belgium during FIFA World Cup action at the Red Card Sports Bar in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
Fans react to a missed chance for Canada as they take on Belgium during FIFA World Cup action at the Red Card Sports Bar in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Fans watch Canada take on Belgium during the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Red Card Sports Bar in Vancouver. Canada has already qualified for the 2026 tournament as co-host. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The Vancouver game schedule is as follows:

  • June 13: Group stage game

  • June 18: Group stage game (featuring Canada)

  • June 21: Group stage game

  • June 24: Group stage game (featuring Canada)

  • June 26: Group stage game

  • July 2: Round of 32 game

  • July 7: Round of 16 game

The tournament is scheduled to take place June 11-July 19. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but fans can register to receive updates on ticket sales here.