Philadelphia making active push to be part of the 2026 World Cup
While next year’s World Cup is in Qatar, the pinnacle of soccer is making its way to the United States in 2026. Currently, 17 cities are in the running to be selected as one of the 11 locations across the country. Yesterday, on National Soccer Day, Philly put together a video to help push the City of Brotherly Love to be named a host for the 2026 World Cup.
Their video is incredibly well done, and there is a large group behind the push for Philly to make the list. Some of the honorary co-chairs include Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and his wife, women’s soccer superstar Julie Ertz. Alongside Julie are her United States National Team member Carli Lloyd, former USWNT defender Heather Mitts, Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya, and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
The 2026 World Cup will be the largest in history, with 80 games played overall, 60 of which will be in the US and the entire tournament from the quarterfinal stage onwards. Final choices for venues will be decided in early 2022, with Mexico and Canada hosting five more venues total. Some of the other nearby cities in contention alongside Philadelphia include New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), Washington D.C., Boston, and Baltimore.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer