Philadelphia could be getting one step closer to hosting one of the biggest sporting events in the world. A big part of The City of Brotherly Love’s effort to land a bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2026 will take place on September 22nd when FIFA and U.S. Soccer come to the city for their official site visit.
Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the City’s Bid Committee, has long awaited the opportunity to showcase its infrastructure, match play venue (Lincoln Financial Field) and practice facilities for the FIFA World Cup 2026.
“Just as we have for the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2015 Papal Visit, the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the 2017 NFL Draft, Philadelphia is delivering a comprehensive and compelling bid, which demonstrates our experience, enthusiasm, and capacity to host mega-events like FIFA World Cup™,” David L. Cohen, chair of Philadelphia Soccer 2026, said in a media statement. “We have worked closely with key partners throughout this process, including the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles, the PHLCVB, the Philadelphia Union, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, and more, to assemble an extremely strong bid.
“I am confident that, after the site visit, we will leave FIFA and U.S. Soccer with no doubt that Philadelphia is fully prepared to host FIFA World Cup 2026™ and fully committed to our shared goal of growing the game.”
The stop in Philadelphia is part of the first venue visits to the candidate host cities in the United States. The first round of visits will run from September 15-23. The FIFA delegation will visit nine U.S. Candidates, starting in Boston and concluding in Miami.
All 2026 World Cup matches will be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
All other bidding venues in the U.S. and those in Mexico and Canada will be visited by the end of November. FIFA has said that it expects to finalize the selection process by the first or second quarter of 2022.
Please visit the the Philadelphia Soccer 2026 website to join the team today!