Philadelphia officials meet with FIFA, U.S. Soccer to bring World Cup 2026 to the Linc

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Philly meeting with FIFA to bring World Cup 2026 to the Linc
Philadelphia will continue its pitch Tuesday to bring the FIFA World Cup to the city.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia continued its pitch Tuesday to bring the FIFA World Cup to the city.

It is bidding to host the coveted 2026 soccer tournament at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia is one of 17 prospective host cities.

This will mark the first time FIFA is bringing the World Cup to the U.S. since 1994.

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The city of Philadelphia will make a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the city's official FIFA World Cup 2026 bid committee, met virtually with leadership from FIFA and U.S. Soccer.

"Lincoln Financial Field has a strong reputation for hosting global soccer events, debuting in 2003 with Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona as its inaugural event, and regularly welcoming major soccer events since, including the 2016 Copa America Centenario and 2019 U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour, among dozens of other notable professional soccer matches," officials say.

The meeting included David L. Cohen, the Philadelphia Soccer 2026 Chairman and senior advisor of the Comcast Corporation, and representatives of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Only 10 U.S. cities will be chosen as host sites. FIFA representatives are expected to take a tour of Philadelphia later this year.

A selection of host cities is expected to be announced by the end of 2021.

"Fans are encouraged to visit, where they can express their 'Love for the Game' and add their name in support of Philadelphia's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2026," officials say.