Philadelphia Soccer 2026 Continues Bid Efforts for FIFA World Cup 2026

Around the world, soccer (futbol to much of the world), is much more than a 90-minute match with two teams tirelessly giving their all to secure a win. Soccer represents unity, a cross-generational and global game that appeals to all people. Every four years, this passion is epitomized during the FIFA World Cup™, which spotlights the game on the international stage for one month as the world comes together across all ages, languages, and cultures to play, watch and celebrate soccer. It is with this same passion that Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the 501(c)3 nonprofit established to oversee and execute Philadelphia’s bid to host FIFA World Cup™ matches in 2026, has embarked on a multi-faceted campaign to drive public engagement, increase bid awareness and manage FIFA requests of potential host cities. From the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and 2017 NFL Draft, time and again Philadelphia has demonstrated the ability to host global events through our city’s infrastructure, hospitality assets and the spirit and support of our community.   

Philadelphia is one of 17 cities bidding to be one of 10 cities in the United States selected as a World Cup host city, offering Lincoln Financial Field’s 69,000 seats as the match play venue. Led by chair, David Cohen, and honorary co-chairs Alejandro Bedoya, Julie and Zach Ertz, Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, Zack Steffen, Governor Tom Wolf, and Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Soccer 2026’s bid is continuing to gain strength and support. 

Experience the “Pitch” at the North End of the Independence Visitor Center now through
October 31 to take part in soccer challenges, interactives and learn more about the bid.

In recent months, bid efforts have been focused on driving public engagement in Philadelphia leveraging partnerships with civic and business organizations, cultivating followers on social media and press outreach. On June 29, Philadelphia Soccer 2026 opened the “Pitch” at the Independence Visitors Center in front of a full audience that featured Philadelphia Soccer 2026 Youth Ambassadors, City of Philadelphia leadership business leaders and supporters. The “Pitch” remains open through October, and all are encouraged to visit the interactive exhibit to learn more about the bid and share your love of the game. 

Additionally, Philadelphia Soccer 2026 has delivered responses to FIFA on training sites and human rights in Philadelphia. The team looks forward to meeting with FIFA officials in-person this fall to highlight the global appeal of our great city.  

2026 is shaping up to be a big year for Philadelphia and the region. The year marks the 250th anniversary of American Independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall in 1776. The city has also secured the 2026 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citizens Bank Park and the PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club to help celebrate the historic affair.  

Be sure to bring a soccer patch, jersey or memorabilia to add to the
“Love of the Game” Fan Collective.

As a World Heritage City full of history, culture, and diversity, and the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia would make an excellent host city in 2026. For those looking to lend their support, please visit Philadelphia2026.com, or visit the “Pitch” at the Independence Visitor Center to partake in soccer challenges, share your love of the game at the Fan Collective and register on-site to join the team. Additionally, throughout the summer, Philadelphia Soccer 2026 team members will be popping up at partner events. You can also follow the team on social media for the latest updates: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram