Infantino, president of FIFA since 2016, was invited to the game by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It’s the first time Infantino has attended a Cowboys game.
AT&T Stadium is under consideration as a host venue for the 2026 World Cup final.
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles are the other two venues FIFA is considering as a possible stage for final game that will determine the World Cup champion.
FIFA is expected to announce the venues for key World Cup matches next month.
Jones has mentioned on several occasions he is hopeful that FIFA will choose AT&T Stadium to host the World Cup final. Before the game, Jones stopped Cowboys star defensive player Micah Parsons from going into the locker room so he could meet the FIFA president.
“I think we’re trying every way in the world we can to have the final game here,” Jones said. “We’re going to have games here, but want to try every way in the world to get it done and I need to send Micah.”
The 2026 World Cup will be the first to be played with 48 teams and will have a format of 12 groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group and the eight best third-place teams will advance to the round of 32.
That means that a record of 104 matches will be played in the 2026 World Cup.
On Sunday, Infantino had a chance to experience the Cowboys’ ability to host a major event with more than 90,000 fans in the seats. Early in the game, his presence was announced on the video board over the field.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is at Cowboys-Jets game, his appearance on the video board drawing a smattering of boos. World Cup tournament is coming to this venue in 2026. Team hopes to host the championship. pic.twitter.com/Lw7IEmJOFS— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 17, 2023
FIFA has faced some criticism for taking too long to decide which cities will host the opening and final matches and to establish the date on which the tournament will begin.
FIFA expects to earn a record $11 billion in the 2026 World Cup cycle with the 48-team tournament in North America (United States, Mexico and Canada). It will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three countries.
Staff Writer Calvin Watkins contributed to this report.