Canada, Mexico and the United States have submitted their United Bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The 2026 World Cup will be the first of its kind, with 48 qualifying nations playing across three countries. And with the infrastructure to host major sporting events already in place and diverse populations living within the three nations, the United Bid would be the perfect launching point for the new era of the World Cup, not to mention the largest sporting event in American history.
Highlights of the United Bid, which can also be found in the full Executive Summary:
- 16 host cities chosen from 23 applicants
- 68,000+ — average capacity of proposed stadiums
- 150 training sites
- 5.8 million tickets sold (estimate)
- $2.1 billion in ticket revenue (estimate)
- 35 million regular soccer players across the United States, Mexico and Canada
As one of the 23 proposed host cities, Philadelphia’s World Cup bid would include the following, according to Philly.com:
- Fan fest sites at Penn’s Landing and West Fairmount Park
- Training venues at Talen Energy Stadium, NovaCare Complex and the University of Pennsylvania’s Rhodes Field
- Potential for a Round of 16 or Quarterfinal match
What they're saying about the United Bid 2026...
Carlos Cordeiro, President of U.S. Soccer; Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer; Decio De Maria, President of Mexico Football:
“Together, we represent a unified vision that transcends national borders and politics. We are determined to show that in challenging times when forces around the globe too often pull people apart, football can remind us of the common values and ideals—humanity, friendship and mutual respect—that unite us as fellow human beings.”
Larry Needle, President of PHL Sports and a member of the Philadelphia bid committee:
"Philadelphia is very proud to be a part of the United Bid that was submitted to FIFA and grateful to all of our area partners including our good friends at Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer."
Chris Branscome, CEO of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer
"Hosting World Cup games in Philadelphia would be transformational for soccer in our area. I believe it would spark an era of great creativity and development in facilities, programming and people. We should do everything possible over the next few months, and years to show FIFA that Philadelphia is an international soccer city. Let’s fill Talen Energy Stadium for the US Men’s National Team game on May 28 as well as every Union home game this season”
FIFA will vote on 2026 World Cup bids on June 13 in Moscow.
ABOUT EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH SOCCER:
Since 1972, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, outreach efforts and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 120,000 youth soccer players from ages 5 to 19. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is one of 55 state associations in US Youth Soccer and a member of the United States Soccer Federation.