World Cup 2026 bid committee reduces city list from 41 to 32

The United Bid Committee narrowed down the list of cities across North America it is considering as potential host cities in its bid to FIFA from 41 to 32: 25 cities in the United States, plus four cities in Canada and three in Mexico.

Out of the running:
Birmingham, Alabama
Cleveland, Ohio
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jacksonville, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
San Antonio, Texas
Ottawa, Ontario
Regina, Saskatchewan

Next step. Representatives from the 32 cities will meet with the United Bid Committee for a working session the week of Nov. 13 in Houston. The committee will work with the cities to include them in its bid strategy and vision and help them finalize the hosting documents required by FIFA.

The final list submitted to FIFA will likely contain 12-16 cities from the USA, Canada and Mexico, so the number of U.S. cities in its bid could be a dozen or fewer.

United Bid Chairman Sunil Gulati: "We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before. Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honor the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept."

USA (25 cities)
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York/New Jersey
Salt Lake City
San Francisco/San Jose
Washington, DC

Canada (4 cities)

Mexico (3 cities)
Mexico City

3 comments about "World Cup 2026 bid committee reduces city list from 41 to 32".
  1. Tom Lowry, October 5, 2017 at 12:03 a.m.

    My dream is that the Committee will come to their senses and eliminate cities until all that is left is California, Oregon and Washington.  Together these three states (and yes, CA could do it alone) could easily host a WC and do away with the travel and time zone nightmare that is coming.  

  2. Eugene Hiigel replied, October 5, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.

    I have an even better idea.  Why not have the Commitee come to its senses and eliminate cities until all that is left is cities in New York, Massacusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and DC? Together these states (plus DC) could easily host a WC and do away with the  travel and time zone nightmare that is coming.  Why there would no need to travel at all by plane and best of all no need to travel to California or the Pacific Northwest at all.

    Obviously all Tom Lowry is saying is that he would love to go to the WC but maximize the convenience for him personally.  Would work best for me on the East Coast.

  3. Nelson Cupello, October 5, 2017 at 11:43 a.m.

    The East coast can do the same with Boston, NY, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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