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Frequently Asked Questions

The FIFA World Cup™ is the most prestigious soccer competition in the world. Played every four years, the 2026 World Cup will host the top 48 national teams in a month-long tournament.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is coming to North America. Canada, Mexico and the United States have been granted the honor of hosting the world’s greatest sporting event, expected to be played in 16 different host cities.

The month-long tournament will take place during the Summer of 2026. Specific dates have yet to be determined, but are expected to follow a mid-June to mid-July format.

Over the past two plus decades, the City of Philadelphia has demonstrated time and again the ability to be a welcoming host community for large, high profile events. From two national political conventions to the NFL Draft to hosting the Dalai Lama and the Pope, Philadelphia has transformed from a city that no one thought could “pull off the big event” in the 1990s to a host city now known for its flawless execution of mega-events. Nothing is bigger in the world of international sports than the FIFA World Cup™. Our city is ready and able to deliver for FIFA, U.S. Soccer, and the world - also amplifying Philadelphia on the global stage.

Our superb facilities, easily navigable event infrastructure and passionate fans are at the core of Philadelphia’s standing as one of the world’s great sports cities.

Time and again, we’ve successfully welcomed the country’s and world’s finest events -- from the NFL Draft to the Democratic National Convention and from Papal visits to international concerts like Live Aid.

Lincoln Financial Field is one of the country’s leading (and most sustainable) stadiums, and has hosted a wide array of soccer events -- including the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Copa America, FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USWNT Victory Tour and countless international friendlies -- since it welcomed Manchester United and FC Barcelona as its inaugural event in 2003.

The Unity Cup, a World Cup-style event which showcases more than 50 immigrant communities, was started in 2016 and is the finest event of its kind in the country.

The nation’s 4th largest media market, Philadelphia is within 150 miles of 40 million people, the most of any U.S. city.

The first UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S. and the only U.S. city on National Geographic’s “25 Best Trips to Take” in 2020.

As America’s Birthplace, Philadelphia will be the centerpiece of America’s 250th anniversary celebration in 2026, the perfect backdrop to welcome the world for the FIFA World Cup.

For more info, visit the Why PHL page.

The Philadelphia 2026 Bid Committee consists of a group of business and community leaders passionate about bringing the FIFA World Cup to Philadelphia. Since May 2019, David L. Cohen, Senior Advisor to CEO, Comcast Corporation, has served as Bid Chair. Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate to the role of United States Ambassador to Canada, he will transition this role to Daniel J. Hilferty, the recently retired President and CEO of Independence Health Group.

The Bid Chair leads a broad coalition of partners, including the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Union, PHL Sports, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, and many others.

Philadelphia is currently one of 17 U.S. finalist cities bidding to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026. On September 22, Philadelphia hosted FIFA and U.S. Soccer officials for a formal site visit at Lincoln Financial Field, as a part of the bidding process. The site visit included a series of meetings that allowed Philadelphia Soccer 2026, city representatives, and partners to showcase the potential match play venue (Lincoln Financial Field), Team Training Facilities, and our capability to host major events. FIFA and U.S. Soccer will complete site visits of all Candidate Host Cities by the end of 2021. Ten U.S. cities are expected to ultimately serve as hosts, and a final decision is expected from FIFA sometime in early 2022.

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Social Impact

If selected to host matches for FIFA World Cup 2026™, Philadelphia will have an important opportunity to promote human rights and social impact in a significant way. Reflecting FIFA’s commitment to these endeavors, each Candidate Host City was asked to submit an extensive response to a focused questionnaire on Human Rights and Stakeholder Engagement on these issues in June of 2021. Philadelphia Soccer 2026’s response to that questionnaire can be found here.

Philadelphia Soccer 2026 also prepared an extension of our initial Human Rights Stakeholder Engagement Response, further detailing our plans to deliver a successful FIFA World Cup 2026™ tournament with lasting, positive impact for our City. Philadelphia Soccer 2026’s Human Rights Stakeholder Engagement Annex can be found here.