Will Super Eagles qualify? World Cup 2026 schedule released

Will Super Eagles qualify? World Cup 2026 schedule released
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The FIFA 2026 World Cup is two years away, with Canada, Mexico and the USA as the hosts, but will the Super Eagles make it to the tournament?

The Super Eagles have already started the race to be at the 2026 tournament, but not on a good note. They drew their first two games and are third in the group behind Rwanda and South Africa.

On Sunday evening, the 2026 World Cup schedule was revealed by FIFA, with a few exciting things to note.

However, the Super Eagles will not know their location until they qualify and the draws are concluded.

Super Eagles learn World Cup final location

Super Eagles players during 2023 AFCON
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The 2026 World Cup will be hosted for the first time by three countries and will be the largest in the competition's history.

It will involve 48 countries, an increase from the previous 32 nations that participated.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the last edition after being kicked out by Ghana, but they need to up their game to be part of the spectacle scheduled for North America.

16 host cities were chosen for the tournament, which will be the first held in North America since 1994. In total, will be 104 matches played as national teams from across the world vie for victory.

Before the announcement of the schedule, three centres were rumoured to host the final. Dallas, Los Angeles and New York were all favourites for the prestigious right.

The New York, New Jersey Stadium and not MetLife will host the World Cup final. The stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey and was opened in 2010 and has a capacity of 82,500.

The US last hosted the World Cup in 1994, and Brazil won it. Argentina were the 2022 winners, while France won the 2018 edition.

The Super Eagles have never gone beyond the Round of 16 at the World Cup.

The FIFA 2026 World Cup complete schedule

World Cup champions Argentina have played the Super Eagles several times at the World CUp
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The opening game of the World Cup will be played in Mexico at the same venue that played host to the 1986 final. Argentina won their second World Cup at the venue with a 3-2 victory over West Germany.

Other centres to host games include Monterrey and Guadalajara.

Canada will not miss out on the party. While Mexico has three cities hosting games, Canada gets two, and the honour of the first-ever men's World Cup game in the country goes to Toronto, while Vancouver picks up the other slot.

Toronto will host five group games, including Canada's first match on June 12, 2026.

World Cup Schedule

June 11-27: Group stage. Vancouver. Toronto, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Seattle, San Francisco. Los Angeles, Houston. Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta. Miami, Boston, Philadelphia and New York/New Jersey

June 29-July 3: Round of 32. All host cities except Guadalajara and Philadelphia. Los Angeles and Dallas host two.

July 4-7: Round of 16, with matches in Vancouver, Seattle, Mexico City, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York/New Jersey.

July 9-11: Quarter-finals, in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami and Boston.

July 14-15: Semi-finals, in Dallas and Atlanta, rounding out an all-US quarter and semis schedule.

July 18: Third place play-off, held in Miami.

July 19: Final, held in New York/New Jersey, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

So, the die is cast, and the Super Eagles know their likely destinations if they qualify for the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.