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STATEMENT FROM THE UNITED BID

Posted on 13 April 2018 in FIFA

"The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is grateful for today's endorsement by CONMEBOL, the confederation representing ten South American member associations. This announcement builds on the support of UNCAF's six voting member associations that the United Bid was honored to re More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Four: New York/New Jersey

Posted on 13 April 2018 in FIFA

FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force has completed its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States by visiting New York and New Jersey—the fourth and final United Bid Candidate Host City that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.New J More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Three: Toronto

Posted on 12 April 2018 in FIFA

Having already visited Mexico City and Atlanta, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Thursday with a visit to Toronto—the third of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will vi More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day Two: Atlanta

Posted on 11 April 2018 in FIFA

Following its visit to Mexico City, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States with a stop on Wednesday in Atlanta —the second of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will visit and ev More

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Day One: Mexico City

Posted on 10 April 2018 in FIFA

On April 10, 2017, soccer’s governing bodies in Canada, Mexico and the United States came together in New York City to announce their United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America. On Tuesday – exactly 365 days later – FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force began More

23 Candidate Host Cities to be Included in United Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 15 March 2018 in FIFA

On the eve of submitting its bid to FIFA to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the United Bid announced its list of 23 Candidate Host Cities that will be included in the Bid Book. The three Canadian cities to be included are Edmonton, Montréal, and Toronto. The number and diversity of More

United Bid Committee: Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could create more than $5 billion in economic activity for North America

Posted on 8 February 2018 in FIFA

Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ could generate more than $5 billion in short-term economic activity, including supporting approximately 40,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in incremental worker earnings across North America, according to a study done by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a l More

New North American survey shows broad support for United Bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup™

Posted on 24 October 2017 in FIFA

As Bid Moves into New Phase, more than Three Quarters of North Americans are in Favour of Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ 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

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

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FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force has completed its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States by visiting New York and New Jersey—the fourth and final United Bid Candidate Host City that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.

The Task Force met this morning for its daily briefing, before departing for a tour of Major League Soccer headquarters. The Task Force then visited Red Bull Arena, a football-specific stadium, home to the MLS’s Red Bulls, that has hosted FIFA World Cup™ Qualifying matches, International Champions Cup matches, and teams such as AS Roma, Tottenham Hospur, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.

MetLife Stadium—hosting over 50 major events and 2 million guests annually—was the Task Force’s next stop on the tour. Home to both the New York Jets and the New York Giants (NFL), the 87,157-seat stadium is one of the largest in the NFL and sets the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort, and amenities. Since opening in 2010, MetLife Stadium has hosted 23 international football matches, including major tournaments including Copa America Centenario, CONCACAF Gold Cup, and International Champions Cup—all of which drew record-breaking crowds. The Task Force concluded their trip with a brief helicopter tour of New York City.

UNITY, OPPORTUNITY, AND CERTAINTY IN FOCUS

The United Bid is determined to redefine and enhance the state of global football for the next century with minimal risk and maximum opportunity for growth. Today’s visit to New York and New Jersey reflects this commitment:

  • UNITY— New York/New Jersey has two professional football teams, and has hosted many U.S. Men’s and Women’s National team matches, demonstrating the region’s interest in the world’s game. With hundreds of thousands of youth players in the region, New York/New Jersey grew the game from a grassroots level tremendously after hosting the FIFA World Cup 1994™, and expects to the do the same after 2026.
  • OPPORTUNITY—The New York/New Jersey region is a national and international center for media, finance, commerce, culture, and retail. The region is older than the United States, serving as the country’s first capital city. As the most visited city in the United States, New York has a virtually infinite number of things to see, and three different professional football teams to support. 60 million travelers stay yearly in “City that Never Sleeps.”
  • CERTAINTY—New York and New Jersey both have long, storied traditions associated with football dating back to the early 19th century, as well as a rich history of hosting major football tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup 1994™ (seven matches including a Semifinal) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 1999™ (Opening Ceremonies and a 1st-round match), both at the former Giants Stadium. In addition to major football events, the metropolitan area also hosts high-profile sporting events including the New York City Marathon, the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and was the site of the 2008 MLB All-Star Game and the 2014 Super Bowl.

"The United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is grateful for today's endorsement by CONMEBOL, the confederation representing ten South American member associations. This announcement builds on the support of UNCAF's six voting member associations that the United Bid was honored to receive in March. We look forward to continuing our conversations with Member Associations around the world, highlighting the operational and economic certainty of our bid for the entire FIFA family."

CONMEBOL
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the oldest continental confederation in the world and made up of ten national associations. The ten affiliated federations are on a level of equality and balance among themselves, and make up the Executive Committee of the Confederation, which is responsible for the organization and governance of South American football's major international tournaments.

CONMEBOL consists of these 10 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador Paraguay, Peru Uruguay, Venezuela.

UNCAF
The Central American Football Union (UNCAF) represents the football federations of seven Central American nations. All members are part of the Football Confederation (CONCACAF), which represents the football associations of North and Central America and the Caribbean. UNCAF is responsible for organizing various international and club tournaments featuring teams from Central American footballing nations.

UNCAF consists of these seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala*, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.

*The Guatemalan Federation is currently suspended and at this time would not have a vote in the determination of the 2026 FIFA World Cup host.
 

Having already visited Mexico City and Atlanta, FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force continued its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States on Thursday with a visit to Toronto—the third of four United Bid Candidate Host Cities that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.

The Task Force met this morning for its daily briefing, before departing for a tour of Nathan Phillips Square, one of Canada’s largest public squares and a proposed FIFA Fan Fest™ site. The Square is a national and provincial landmark, having also hosted the Closing Ceremonies of the 2015 Parapan American Games.

Following the tour of Nathan Phillips Square, the Task Force then visited the BMO Training Ground—the training facility of Major League Soccer’s 2017-18 Champion, Toronto Football Club, or Toronto FC.

BMO Field, designed specifically for Toronto FC and recognized as Canada’s national football stadium, was the final stop on the day’s tour. Since opening in 2007, the stadium has been a host to a number of major football events including the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007™, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014™, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the MLS Cup Final in 2010, 2016, and 2017. 

UNITY, OPPORTUNITY, AND CERTAINTY IN FOCUS

The United Bid is committed to embracing the concept of global unity in a real and tangible way—to demonstrate that three proud countries, connected through history, culture, geography, and partnership, can celebrate football’s ability to inspire people around the world.  Today’s visit in Toronto—one of the United Bid’s 23 qualified Candidate Host Cities—embodied these principles:

  • UNITY—The United Bid’s vision of “Unity in Diversity” is reflected in the reality of Toronto. The city’s population hails from 170 countries and speaks more than 140 languages and dialects. Toronto thrives on diversity, and that message is embodied in the city’s Coat of Arms: Diversity Our Strength. The visitor experience at the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be rooted in a feeling that Toronto is “United” with FIFA World Cup™ visitors and athletes.
  • OPPORTUNITY—Toronto will contribute towards the prosperity, growth, and enthusiasm of the entire global football community and beyond, through staging an incredibly successful 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Canada is already considered a leader in women’s football and was the only FIFA Member Association to medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. More than a dozen times since the 1970’s, Toronto has hosted the largest Canadian football crowd of the year, including the 2017 MLS Cup which drew a capacity crowd of 30,584 at BMO Field.
  • CERTAINTY—The Places Rated Almanac ranks Toronto as the safest large metropolitan area in North America. The city has a great deal of experience hosting both sporting events and visitors—Toronto welcomed 41.9 million tourists in 2016, and is home to national tournaments, international sporting competitions, and entertainment each year. A city well versed in transporting visitors, Toronto has North America’s 3rd largest public transit system (after New York City and Mexico City).

FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force departs Toronto on Thursday night and heads to New York / New Jersey for the final stop of the four-day tour. See below for a full schedule of FIFA’s 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force and check back to ussoccer.com each day this week four daily recaps of the tour.

FIFA 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force Tour Schedule

April 9-10

Mexico City

April 10-11

Atlanta

April 11-12

Toronto

April 12-13

New York / New Jersey

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