Tomorrow is the day! On Wednesday, June 13, FIFA will hold a vote to determine, which nation or nations will host the 2026 Men's World Cup.
The United States, Canada and Mexico launched a United Bid, hoping to become the first three-country entity to host the world's biggest sporting event. On the other side, Morocco is hoping to become the second African nation to host the World Cup. Philadelphia was selected as one of 23 proposed host sites for the United Bid--16 will be picked out of that group.
The World Cup 2026 vote will be broadcast live on FS1 and beIN Sports. Coverage starts at 6:30 AM Eastern.
New York Times Vote Tracker
In case you missed it, more information about the United Bid is available below:
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”