Minneapolis reaches next phase of 2026 World Cup host city selection process

Posted October 06, 2017

The Queen City has survived the first cut and is one of 32 North American cities vying to become an Official Host City for the men's 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Vancouver was one of several Canadian cities that hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015. Of those, six (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Foxborough and Seattle) have been proposed using venues now used by MLS teams.

Canada, Mexico and the United States, represented by the United Bid Committee, are competing against Morocco to host the expanded 48-team tournament. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before.

In the next stage of the bid process, representatives from the potential host cities will travel to Houston for a working session with the United Bid Committee during the week of November 13.

The Circle City was dropped from the list of potential hosts for the 2026 World Cup.

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Some still consider Detroit a long shot, as the World Cup tends to prefer outdoor stadiums with natural grass, while Ford Field is an indoor facility with artificial turf. The three cities in Mexico are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

World Cup matches last were held in MI in 1994, when the Pontiac Silverdome was one of nine host venues from across the United States. The FIFA Congress will choose next June.

The press release indicates that a major factor in the decision was that each city "features existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure".

The expedited process for the 2026 event will see the host nation decided at next year's FIFA Congress on June 13 in Moscow, held prior to the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. "We'd also like to thank the Carolina Panthers and City of Charlotte for their collaboration, commitment and support and look forward to next steps in the bid process", Murray said.

The announcement does not, however, end Jacksonville's links to the tournament.