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United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 4 October 2017 in FIFA

The 32 Cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that could serve as Official Host Cities now begin process of finalizing hosting documents. More

United Bid Committee moves into next stage of bid process for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 4 October 2017 in FIFA

The 32 Cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States that could serve as Official Host Cities now begin process of finalizing hosting documents. More

41 CITIES ACROSS CANADA, MEXICO AND UNITED STATES SUBMIT BIDS TO SERVE AS HOST CITIES IN UNITED BID FOR 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP™

Posted on 7 September 2017 in FIFA

United Bid Committee Will Review Bids and Release City Shortlist Later this Fall More

Three Nations, 41 Cities: A Look at the United Bid's Potential Hosts

Posted on 7 September 2017 in FIFA

Fourty-one cities are taking the next step towards being a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ by submitting their bids to become Official Host Cities. The candidate cities span diverse geography across three North American nations, and are united in their commitment to the sport and its futu More

United Bid Committee Commences Outreach for Potential Official Host Cities in Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 15 August 2017 in FIFA

44 Cities and 49 Stadiums Across Canada, Mexico and USA Approached to Become Official Host Cities More

United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States to Compete Against Morocco for Right to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 11 August 2017 in FIFA

United Bid Committee Continues to Prepare Official Hosting Proposal to Submit to FIFA by March of 2018 More

Carlos Bocanegra, Julie Foudy and Ed Foster-Simeon join Board of Directors for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States

Posted on 3 August 2017 in FIFA

Trio Adds Wealth of Experience to the Effort to Bring FIFA World Cup™ to North America in 2026 More

Robert Kraft Named Honourary Chairman of the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and United States

Posted on 19 July 2017 in FIFA

Kraft Joins Board of Directors and Will Be Part of the Bid to Bring FIFA World Cup™ to North America in 2026 More

Canada, Mexico and United States form United Bid Committee to compete to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Posted on 6 July 2017 in FIFA

Board of Directors Named as Bid Process Begins to Bring FIFA World Cup to North America More

Timetable set for 2026 FIFA World Cup™ bid process

Posted on 10 May 2017 in FIFA

The historic unified bid represents the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition More

2026 FIFA World Cup™: Canada, USA and Mexico declare intention to submit unified bid

Posted on 10 April 2017 in FIFA

The historic unified bid would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition More

Canada, USA and Mexico to make historic announcement

Posted on 8 April 2017 in FIFA

10 April at 14.00 ET in New York City More

Olympic Bronze Medalist Karina LeBlanc in Saskatoon for FIFA Live Your Goals Festival

Posted on 3 December 2016 in FIFA

#LiveYourGoals More

FIFA Live Your Goals Festival in Saskatoon with appearance by Karina LeBlanc

Posted on 17 November 2016 in FIFA

#LiveYourGoals More

Canada Soccer congratulates FIFA Medical Centres of Excellence at McGill University, University of British Columbia

Posted on 1 September 2016 in FIFA

Inauguration ceremonies More

Retired Canadian player Karina LeBlanc attends first session of FIFA’s Female Leadership Development Programme

Posted on 10 June 2016 in FIFA

Karina LeBlanc joined other female soccer leaders at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich More

FIFA Congress approves landmark reforms

Posted on 26 February 2016 in FIFA

FIFA’s member associations have approved a package of landmark reforms. More

Canada Soccer supports Infantino bid for FIFA Presidency

Posted on 25 February 2016 in FIFA

Canada Soccer Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cast their ballot for Gianni Infantino. More

Year in Review: FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™

Posted on 26 December 2015 in FIFA

For the first time ever, Canada hosted a competition from coast to coast across the country - from Vancouver on the Pacific coast to Moncton on the Atlantic coast More

FIFA Women’s World Cups support $493.6m in economic activity for Canada

Posted on 5 November 2015 in FIFA

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 exceeded the preliminary projections of $337 million made in February 2014 by 46%. More

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The United Bid Committee announced today the 32 cities across North America that could serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The 32 potential host cities include four cities in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 cities in the United States. The full list of cities is included below. The United Bid Committee also confirmed it will continue engaging with non-host cities in the further development of the united hosting concept.
 
“Having hosted every FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™, Canada has built a strong foundation across the country from which we can now draw on as a member of the United 2026 bid,” said Steven Reed, United 2026 Board Member and Canada Soccer President.  “Canada has proven itself to be a soccer nation and we are confident Canadians will come together to show, once again, the wonderful Canadian hospitality that has helped make each of our previous FIFA tournaments successful.”
 
During the next stage of the bid process, the United Bid Committee will integrate the 32 potential host cities into the united bid strategy and vision, as well as work with local officials to finalize the hosting documents required by FIFA. Representatives from the 32 potential host cities will travel to Houston, TX during the week of November 13th for a working session with the United Bid Committee team.
 
“The four Canadian cities, along with the 28 cities in Mexico and the United States, selected for the United 2026 Bid demonstrate the strength of a North American bid, with world-class facilities across three nations,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Bid Director and Canada Soccer General Secretary.  “The response from Canadian cities has been impressive and we are looking forward to working with our partners across the country as we move through the bid process to ensure as many Canadian cities are involved as possible.  Once again, Canadians have shown support for soccer in this country and the desire to welcome soccer fans from around the world.”
 
The Official Host City selection process takes into account various factors such as city profile, stadium and support facilities (training sites, hotels) and services (e.g., transportation). The United Bid Committee also looked at ways each city could contribute to a united hosting strategy for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ including their contribution to the sport's development and the United Bid’s vision – not only during the tournament, but in the eight-year build up and the social, economic, and environmental legacy. 
 
Each of the 32 potential host cities features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure, meeting or exceeding the requirements outlined by FIFA. Additionally, the potential host cities reflect the vast geographic and cultural diversity of North America and share a commitment to using the once-in-a-generation opportunity of hosting the FIFA World Cup™ to welcome, entertain, inspire and empower the next generation of players and fans as never before.
 
The United Bid Committee will also continue engaging with the nine cities that are not advancing to the next stage of the candidate host city process. Those cities, along with others, are being considered as possible locations for Team Base Camps or other competition-related events leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Further, if entrusted with the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the United Bid Committee plans to work closely with FIFA to explore ways to extend the plans for fan engagement to include all communities across the three host countries – and is already encouraging business and civic leaders, fans, and others to contribute their new and innovative ideas to be integrated into the United Bid’s hosting concept.
 

Canada (4) United States (25)  
    Los Angeles, California
Edmonton, Alberta Atlanta, Georgia Miami, Florida
Montréal, Québec Baltimore, Maryland Minneapolis, Minnesota
Toronto, Ontario Boston, Massachusetts Nashville, Tennessee
Vancouver, British Columbia Charlotte, North Carolina New York, New York
  Cincinnati, Ohio Orlando, Florida
Mexico (3) Chicago, Illinois Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Dallas, Texas Phoenix, Arizona
Guadalajara, Jalisco Denver, Colorado Salt Lake City, Utah
Mexico City, Mexico Detroit, Michigan San Francisco Bay Area, California
Monterrey, Nuevo León Houston, Texas Seattle, Washington
  Kansas City, Missouri Tampa, Florida
  Las Vegas, Nevada Washington, DC


 
The following cities were not selected as host city candidates to be included as part of the United Bid: Birmingham, Alabama; Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Ottawa, Ontario; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Regina, Saskatchewan; and San Antonio, Texas.
 
About The 2026 FIFA World Cup™
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure to ensure a successful tournament. The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is uniquely suited to accommodate FIFA’s high-level standards for hosting a FIFA World Cup™. If the United Bid is selected by FIFA as the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, at least 12 cities will be selected as venues for games. Canada, Mexico and the United States also have a long and successful history as hosts - 13 FIFA World Cups have been hosted Canada, Mexico and the United States, five of which set attendance records.

 

The United Bid Committee announced today the 32 cities across North America that could serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The 32 potential host cities include four cities in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 cities in the United States. The full list of cities is included below. The United Bid Committee also confirmed it will continue engaging with non-host cities in the further development of the united hosting concept.
 
“Having hosted every FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™, Canada has built a strong foundation across the country from which we can now draw on as a member of the United 2026 bid,” said Steven Reed, United 2026 Board Member and Canada Soccer President.  “Canada has proven itself to be a soccer nation and we are confident Canadians will come together to show, once again, the wonderful Canadian hospitality that has helped make each of our previous FIFA tournaments successful.”
 
During the next stage of the bid process, the United Bid Committee will integrate the 32 potential host cities into the united bid strategy and vision, as well as work with local officials to finalize the hosting documents required by FIFA. Representatives from the 32 potential host cities will travel to Houston, TX during the week of November 13th for a working session with the United Bid Committee team.
 
“The four Canadian cities, along with the 28 cities in Mexico and the United States, selected for the United 2026 Bid demonstrate the strength of a North American bid, with world-class facilities across three nations,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Bid Director and Canada Soccer General Secretary.  “The response from Canadian cities has been impressive and we are looking forward to working with our partners across the country as we move through the bid process to ensure as many Canadian cities are involved as possible.  Once again, Canadians have shown support for soccer in this country and the desire to welcome soccer fans from around the world.”
 
The Official Host City selection process takes into account various factors such as city profile, stadium and support facilities (training sites, hotels) and services (e.g., transportation). The United Bid Committee also looked at ways each city could contribute to a united hosting strategy for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ including their contribution to the sport's development and the United Bid’s vision – not only during the tournament, but in the eight-year build up and the social, economic, and environmental legacy. 
 
Each of the 32 potential host cities features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure, meeting or exceeding the requirements outlined by FIFA. Additionally, the potential host cities reflect the vast geographic and cultural diversity of North America and share a commitment to using the once-in-a-generation opportunity of hosting the FIFA World Cup™ to welcome, entertain, inspire and empower the next generation of players and fans as never before.
 
The United Bid Committee will also continue engaging with the nine cities that are not advancing to the next stage of the candidate host city process. Those cities, along with others, are being considered as possible locations for Team Base Camps or other competition-related events leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Further, if entrusted with the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the United Bid Committee plans to work closely with FIFA to explore ways to extend the plans for fan engagement to include all communities across the three host countries – and is already encouraging business and civic leaders, fans, and others to contribute their new and innovative ideas to be integrated into the United Bid’s hosting concept.
 

Canada (4) United States (25)  
    Los Angeles, California
Edmonton, Alberta Atlanta, Georgia Miami, Florida
Montréal, Québec Baltimore, Maryland Minneapolis, Minnesota
Toronto, Ontario Boston, Massachusetts Nashville, Tennessee
Vancouver, British Columbia Charlotte, North Carolina New York, New York
  Cincinnati, Ohio Orlando, Florida
Mexico (3) Chicago, Illinois Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Dallas, Texas Phoenix, Arizona
Guadalajara, Jalisco Denver, Colorado Salt Lake City, Utah
Mexico City, Mexico Detroit, Michigan San Francisco Bay Area, California
Monterrey, Nuevo León Houston, Texas Seattle, Washington
  Kansas City, Missouri Tampa, Florida
  Las Vegas, Nevada Washington, DC


 
The following cities were not selected as host city candidates to be included as part of the United Bid: Birmingham, Alabama; Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Ottawa, Ontario; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Regina, Saskatchewan; and San Antonio, Texas.
 
About The 2026 FIFA World Cup™
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure to ensure a successful tournament. The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is uniquely suited to accommodate FIFA’s high-level standards for hosting a FIFA World Cup™. If the United Bid is selected by FIFA as the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, at least 12 cities will be selected as venues for games. Canada, Mexico and the United States also have a long and successful history as hosts - 13 FIFA World Cups have been hosted Canada, Mexico and the United States, five of which set attendance records.

 

Fourty-one cities are taking the next step towards being a part of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ by submitting their bids to become Official Host Cities. The candidate cities span diverse geography across three North American nations, and are united in their commitment to the sport and its future. If the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is selected, at least 12 of these cities could serve as hosts for the historic 2026 tournament, the first-ever to feature 48 teams. 

Last month, the United Bid Committee reached out to 44 cities across the continent with an invitation to bid to become hosts. Forty-one have answered the call to be a part of the world’s biggest single-event sporting competition, the FIFA World Cup. Later this Fall, the United Bid Committee will release a shortlist of the cities moving on in the bid process. Their stadiums, infrastructure and more will be held to the highest standards in the Bid Committee’s decision process. Beyond logistics, each city will aim to demonstrate the Bid’s united theme.  

Vancouver's BC Place before the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™Final

WELCOMING THE WORLD IN VANCOUVER
The most recent FIFA competition on United Bid soil came two summers ago in Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. The event was an unprecedented success, smashing attendance records throughout its run and cementing soccer as the highest-participation sport in Canada. Nine matches, including the Final, were hosted at Vancouver’s BC Place. The city is the most-recent North American host of the world’s biggest winter sporting event, the Olympic Games, as the Rain City was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Now, it’s ready to offer its services for the FIFA World Cup.

“Vancouver is perfectly positioned to host this global event as an Olympic city that has proven excellence in accommodating the most popular sporting events in the world,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, HCBAG United 2026 Honorary Chairperson. “We welcome the opportunity to highlight our diversity within and outside our soccer cultures as the world joins us in celebrating its favorite game.”

The British Columbia city is also prepared for events beyond matches. It hosted the most-successful Fan Zone in FIFA Women’s World Cup history with 135,000 attendees during its 13-day run.

Vancouver is one of Canada’s most diverse cities. Nearly half the population’s mother tongue is a language other than English. Its bid promises inclusion for each individual involved.

“We will continue to support and strengthen soccer in our city and beyond, and to promote the game as a means of transcending culture, politics and social agendas by bringing people together in a shared love for the sport,” said Michelle Collens, Sport Hosting Vancouver Senior Manager. “We are a welcoming community that is as diverse and multicultural as it is united.”

KANSAS CITY, SOCCER CAPITAL OF THE U.S.?

In the U.S. heartland, a bid was never in doubt for Kansas City. KC was one of the first to submit its bid, delivered by hand to New York. The enthusiasm shows how far the city has come in becoming the self-proclaimed “Soccer Capital of America.”

“There’s probably no greater transformation of a city and its support for soccer than what we’ve done here in Kansas City,” said David Ficklin, Sporting KC Vice President of Development. “We’ve got a quarter-billion dollars invested in soccer facilities. We have a professional team at the top of the pyramid of a thriving soccer community that’s growing and building youth field after youth field after youth field.”

Ten years ago, there was minimal interest in soccer in Kansas City. The city’s professional team, then known as the Wizards, finished 19th out of 18 teams in MLS merchandise sales. Products bearing the league crest sold more. Fast forward to August 19, 2017 when Sporting KC’s most-recent home match marked its 100th consecutive sell-out at Children’s Mercy Park. Kansas City sports fans used to discuss the legitimacy of the sport, now they debate whether Benny Feilhaber deserves a spot on the latest Men’s National Team roster.

While it’s a bid for Kansas City, it encompasses two cities – Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas - plus the entire surrounding region. State association leaders from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma all voice their support for hosting in Kansas City’s bid book. While the United Bid brings together three nations, Kansas City’s bid brings together the Heartland. It’s a soccer headquarters for the region, as 75,000 youth players across seven states play with Sporting KC’s crest on their jerseys.

“There’s probably no other city, state or region that exemplifies the united efforts of what we see here in Kansas City,” Ficklin said. “We’ve got a whole region that lives the game… When you think about our investment in facilities, our investment in Arrowhead Stadium, as a region we’ve been preparing for this for the last decade.”


SOCCER HISTORY IN GUADALAJARA

An epicenter of soccer culture in a soccer-crazed nation, Guadalajara is home to C.D. Guadalajara, better known as Chivas, one of Mexico’s, and the world’s, most popular clubs. The city hosted Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches for two memorable FIFA World Cups in 1970 and 1986. In 1970, Guadalajara played host to perhaps the greatest team in World Cup history, Pelé’s final Brazil squad. 1986’s competition is best remembered for Argentina’s Diego Maradona’s historic “Hand of God” goal.

2026 would mark a historic third time hosting for Mexico and potentially, Guadalajara. Estadio Chivas is a modern, sustainable marvel that fills with nearly 50,000 fans every matchday. Located in the center of a range of volcanoes, the stadium channels its surroundings with a design that evokes erupting smoke. The stadium’s environmental assimilation reflects an integrated, united experience in a vibrant metropolitan area.

“The overall sense of experience around the city can be lived through any sense of your body,” said  José María Aldrete González, Subdirector of Sports Business Operations at Omnilife. “What you touch, what you see, what you taste, what you hear, what you smell will become part of you, as a rich and whole experience.”

These three cities, and the 38 others to submit bids, will compete for inclusion in the United Bid’s final submission to FIFA, which is due by March 16, 2018. Kansas City offers a microcosm of soccer’s explosion in the United States. The City of Fountains brings together the entire central region of the country in its bid. Fifty-five million people across the prairie states are within an hour-drive of its Arrowhead Stadium. Vancouver has played host to the world’s sporting competitions several times over in the last decade as one of Canada’s most global and diverse cities. Soccer is integrated in the character of Guadalajara, a hotbed of the sport in one of the world’s most soccer-crazed nations.  These three cities- and 38 others- will make it a battle for inclusion on the Bid Committee’s shortlist later this Fall.

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