FIFA delegation views Los Angeles as potential 2026 World Cup host
The FIFA delegation visited Los Angeles on Friday as a potential city for the 2026 World Cup host. Assessing potential venues and stadiums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the three countries that will co-host the 2026 World Cup, a FIFA delegation was sent out for inspection.
The City of Angels was the last place the FIFA delegation visited and the decision for the 2026 World Cup host will be announced as early as April 2022. The Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee welcomed the FIFA delegation to an official FIFA World Cup site visit that included tours of two of the most famous and iconic venues, the Rose Bowl Stadium and the new SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.
During their visit, the FIFA delegation also inspected numerous potential training sites, international team base camps, and the official FIFA Fan Fest. Aside from touring the various venues, the delegates took part in a few special LA activities such as the host city’s meeting at the Grammy Museum, a reception with local officials at Sony Pictures Studios, and a gastronomic experience by Wolfang Puck highlighting LA’s diverse cultures and communities.
By the middle of next year, FIFA is set to name the 16 city finalists for the 2026 World Cup host, 11 of whom will be from the United States. LAFC’s co-president and co-chair of the Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee, Larry Freedman said, “I think we put our best foot forward. Hopefully we got the job done.” This will be the first time three countries are selected as a FIFA World Cup host, and for the first time in 32 years, the tournament will return to North America.
The Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee is a united football front formed to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Los Angeles that will have long term social, cultural, and economic impacts. “It was an honor to meet with the FIFA delegation this weekend and help showcase the incredible venues and our dynamic city of Los Angeles,” added Freedman.