Forget about Ben Simmons (for at least five minutes), because it’s about time we talked some soccer.
Representatives from FIFA visited Philadelphia today to evaluate the city as a potential U.S. location to host 2026 World Cup matches. FIFA revealed 17 U.S. cities were being evaluated as potential match sites for the 2026 games and only 10 would be selected.
FIFA accepted a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.
FIFA and US Soccer delegation just arrived at the Linc for a site visit, Philly hoping to be a host city for World Cup 2026.⚽️ pic.twitter.com/3DsEKZeCHp
— Katherine Scott (@KScott6abc) September 22, 2021
Representatives arrived at the Linc this morning to evaluate the stadium as a potential pitch for World Cup matches. It was reported by 6 ABC that each host city was told to be prepared to host at least five to six matches over a two-week period in 2026.
Here are the other 16 potential U.S. city hosts and their proposed stadiums:
- Los Angeles (Rose Bowl)
- New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)
- Washington, D.C. (FedExField)
- Dallas (AT&T Stadium)
- Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
- Denver (Empower Field at Mile High)
- Houston (NRG Stadium)
- Baltimore (M&T Band Stadium)
- Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
- Nashville (Nissan Stadium)
- Seattle (Lumen Field)
- San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
- Boston (Gillette Stadium)
- Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
- Miami (Hard Rock Stadium)
- Orlando (Camping World Stadium)
The last time the U.S. hosted a World Cup was the 1999 women’s tournament. It last hosted the men’s tournament in 1994.