The FIFA World Cup 2026 will see two of the world’s biggest footballing nations go head to head in the CONMEBOL region qualifiers. Brazil, who have won the tournament five times, and reigning champions Argentina will face off at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday 21st November at 21:30 local time. Fans in Europe can expect to witness this exciting match in the early hours of Wednesday 22nd November.
The journey to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 began in September 2023 and will continue until September 2025. The CONMEBOL region is made up of ten countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. All these countries are vying for just six spots in the finals.
Each country will play every other team home and away in a round-robin format. After all matches have been played, the top six nations will secure their places in the finals which will take place in America, Canada and Mexico. The seventh-place team will have an opportunity to participate in the FIFA Play-Off Tournament where they will compete against five teams from other regions for one of the two remaining spots in the finals.