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FIFA Still Trying to Nail Down U.S. World Cup Sites, Has Moved to Virtual Process

Posted By Mary Helen Sprecher, Thursday, July 2, 2020

Well, this is a new one. The FIFA World Cup 2026™ Candidate Host City Workshop will be held virtually on July 7 for all 17 U.S. bid cities as FIFA and U.S. Soccer take the next steps in the venue selection process.

FIFA and U.S. Soccer will hold virtual one-on-one sessions with each candidate host city after that, in order to gain more specific information on each facility and on the city as a whole. The FIFA World Cup 2026™, which will be hosted across Canada, Mexico and the United States, will be the first 48-team FIFA World Cup in history.

Under normal circumstances, the selection process would be taking place in person and in fact, it had begun earlier in 2020. Canada and Mexico already held workshops for candidate cities (Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto and Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, respectively). The July 7 event was set for March; however, when COVID-19 intervened, all in-person visits were cancelled.

U.S. CANDIDATE HOST CITIES:

·        Atlanta

·        Baltimore

·        Boston

·        Cincinnati

·        Dallas

·        Denver

·        Houston 

·        Kansas City

·        Los Angeles

·        Miami

·        Nashville

·        New York/New Jersey

·        Orlando

·        Philadelphia

·        San Francisco Bay Area

·        Seattle

Last week, FIFA formally announced Australia and New Zealand as the hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

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