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DC Included In United Bid To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup™

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Washington, DC has been included as an official Candidate Host City in the United Bid of CanadaMexico, and the United States 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 earlier today.

The District of Columbia is part of the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. DC is thrilled at the possibility of welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of football in FedExField, offering an advanced and existing stage on which the world’s best players will compete.

The full list of Candidate Host Cities can be found below. If the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is awarded to the United Bid, FIFA will select up to 16 Host Cities from the proposed slate of 23.

“On behalf of the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC is honored for Washington, DC to have been selected as one of the 23 candidate host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO at Events DC. “Washington, DC is etched with rich soccer memories and celebrations from across the city whether at the iconic RFK Stadium to FedExField. Joining the United Bid builds on the legacy that DC has cemented as an international soccer city and will inspire the next generation of Washingtonians for years to come.”

“Hosting the World Cup in Washington, DC could provide an economic impact of up to $600 million,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, Destination DC. “Washington, DC is a destination for sports fans, with incredible professional teams as well as special events. In 2018, we’ll host MLB All-Star Week, which will include events for fans at Nationals Park, Yards Park and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We’re thrilled to be included as one of 23 candidates to host the World Cup and welcome soccer fans from around the globe.”

CanadaMexico, and the United States have joined together to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary opportunity,” said John Kristick, Executive Director of the United Bid.  “We are confident that the combination of our 23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network can help FIFA to achieve new records for attendance and revenue which will allow the entire global football community to improve and grow.”

CanadaMexico, and the United States require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Washington, DC, along with the United Bid, will instead be able to work with FIFA to ensure the players, officials, and fans have an extraordinary experience at the largest FIFA World Cup™ ever staged.

Across every metric, the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America has the potential to deliver something extraordinary for Washington, DC, North American, FIFA, and for football.

The United Bid’s final Candidate Host Cities are:


  • Edmonton
  • Montréal
  • Toronto


  • Guadalajara
  • Mexico City
  • Monterrey

United States:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC