FIFA And US Soccer Visited The D.C. Area On Sunday To Select The Host Cities In The US For The 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup


Twenty-four delegates toured various sites around the nation’s capital where key events would be hosted, including FedExField and the National Mall.

The delegates were joined by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mexican Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma and Canadian Minister of Congressional Intergovernmental Relations Heather Grant.

“There’s no better place to be than the Sports Capital, the District of Champions — Washington, D.C. And after this weekend’s visit, we can count on FIFA to make the right choice, to see that it is obviously DC,” Bowser said in a statement.

If chosen as one of the host cities, “fans from around the world will have an unforgettable experience celebrating America’s 250th birthday with the biggest tournament in the world in the Nation’s Capital,” Bowser said

This weekend’s visit marks FIFA’s first trip to D.C. during the selection process and follows a facilities’ discussion earlier this year. As part of the official tour, FIFA delegates, including CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani and Colin Smith, chief tournaments and events officer, met with city officials.

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During the visit, the DC2026 team unveiled its vision for the 2026 FIFA FanFest, which would be hosted on the National Mall. On July 4, 2026, during the FIFA World Cup games, the U.S. will celebrate its 250-year anniversary. The celebration will be held on the Mall in conjunction with the FIFA FanFest. The event is expected to draw more than one million attendees, which would make it the largest attended single event in FIFA history, the DC2026 team said.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to FIFA officials on Sunday as part of their tour of the D.C. region to decide whether to pick the city as one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup. (Courtesy of Mike B Photography)

The 2026 FIFA World Cup would mark the region’s fourth FIFA World Cup games. The region hosted the 1994 FIFA Men’s World Cup, 1996 Olympic Soccer, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2013 US Soccer Centennial Celebration.

“We’ve seen the legacy created by the 1994 FIFA World Cup games in our communities and the millions of lives changed through the funding and momentum those games created in D.C.,” DC2026 Advisory Board Co-Chair, Mark Ein said.

FedExField is the proposed site for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and can hold more than 68,000 customers. FedExField hosted the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and has long been the area’s top choice for hosting major international matches. Local venues including Audi Field, Georgetown University, Segra Field, the Fields at RFK Campus and Maryland SoccerPlex would also be tapped as training sites.

The FIFA delegation is traveling to 16 other US cities this fall and is expected to name the United States’ final 10 host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in March 2022

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