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.
According to a 2017 Boston Consulting Group Study, each 2026 Host City is expected to host 5 or 6 matches over a two-week period and welcome an estimated 450,000 fans, generating a direct impact of $190M. The worldwide television exposure for each of the cities will also be massive, as the event brings a global TV audience of 3.5 billion!
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.
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The Philadelphia 2026 Bid Committee consists of a group of business and community leaders who are passionate about bringing the FIFA World Up to Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Bid Chair is David L. Cohen, Senior Advisor to CEO, Comcast Corporation. He is leading 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.
After a three-year bid process, Philadelphia is proud to be one of the 17 U.S. finalist cities. Ten U.S. cities are expected to ultimately serve as hosts, and a final decision is expected from FIFA sometime in 2021.