Detroit Makes Cut To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Soccer fans at Comerica Park in Detroit on 19 July 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Soccer fans at Comerica Park in Detroit on 19 July 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(DETROIT, MI) – Detroit and 31 other North American cities have been short-listed to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In addition to Detroit, four Canadian cities, three Mexican, and 24 US sites could act as hosts during the soccer competition.

Given the moniker of the United Bid, the overseeing committee will now move to integrate the 32 locales into the bid strategy during a trip to Houston, TX, mid-November. The original 41 cities was whittled down to 32 after a review of the available facilities. Also included in the selection criteria are such items as the city profile, the stadium and support facilities like training sites and hotels, and existing and potential services such as roads and public transportation.

Additionally, how cities have contributed to the development of soccer and the social, economic, and environmental legacy. The Houston conference will eliminate nine more cities from the list of potential hosts, but they could qualify as base camps for the various competing nations.

“We received applications from 41 cities across Canada, Mexico, and the United States and narrowed the list after a comprehensive review of each of the communities and facilities,” said John Kristick, Executive Director of the United Bid Committee. While not every city will move forward as a potential host city, we were so impressed by all the applicants that we will continue to engage with all the cities as part of our hosting strategy and we will welcome the opportunity to work with FIFA to further expand our hosting concept to ensure the broadest possible impact for this spectacular event.”

Each of the 32 potential host cities features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure, meeting or exceeding the requirements outlined by FIFA. Critical to Detroit’s selection will Dan Gilbert and Tom Gore’s planned, but not yet approved, soccer stadium on Gratiot Avenue.

“We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026,” said United Bid chairman Sunil Gulati. “We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before. Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honour the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico, and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept.”

Potential FIFA 2026 Host Cities

Canada (4)

  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Montréal, Québec
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Vancouver, British Columbia

Mexico (3)

  • Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Monterrey, Nuevo León

United States (25)

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Washington, DC

Cities not selected as Host City candidates

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • San Antonio, Texas
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Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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