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Kansas City is in the heart of it all – geographically and culturally.
We used to be a starting point. Now we’re a destination.

Forbes called us one of America’s best cities for millenials, citing our high-wage job creation and outstanding arts scene. They said our SmartCity technology could make start-ups forget about Silicon Valley.

We’ve been called “underrated,” “up-and-coming,” and “the coolest city in America.” The list goes on. Our “Paris of the Plains” isn’t so much resurgent as it is surging. AND IN SOCCER, KANSAS CITY HAS ALREADY ARRIVED.

Roll the tape from the summer of 2019 (and 2014, and 2010…).
Arm-in-arm, thousands of fans made Kansas City’s downtown the best party in the United States again and again.

We’re equal parts Midwestern humility and kindness, with a dash of big-city rowdy.

Vibrant, modern, and uniquely positioned to unite the region, we’re ready to host the world’s largest event.

Help bring the World Cup to the Midwest.


The FIFA World Cup is the largest and most prestigious single sport event in the world and is followed by billions of fans all over the world. Since its inaugural tournament in 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been hosted 21 times. Occurring every 4 years, the 2026 World Cup will be the 23rd tournament and will return to the US for the 2nd time after 1994. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be jointly hosted by up to 16 cities spread amongst America, Canada & Mexico and will be the first ever tournament with 48 teams fighting for the title of World Champion.


In the US, there are currently 17 cities (including Kansas City) bidding to host World Cup games. The selection committee will ultimately choose up to 10 host cities in America. For more information on the timeline of the selection, please refer to the graphic below.

KC2026 Leadership Team

Honorable David Alvey Kansas City, KS
Honorable Quinton Lucas Kansas City, MO

Clark Hunt Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO
Cliff Illig Cerner Corporation Co-Founder, Sporting Kansas City Principal Owner
Patrick Mahomes
Salvador Perez
Matt Besler
Katherine Fox
Trent Armbrust Kansas Department of Commerce, Chief Strategy Officer
Doug Bach Wyandotte County & Kansas City, KS, County Administrator
Lynn Berling-Manuel United Soccer Coaches, President & CEO
Tim Cowden Kansas City Area Development Council, President & CEO
Kimiko Gilmore City of Kansas City, MO Asst. City Manager
Shane Hackett Heartland Soccer Association, Executive Director
Nathan Hermiston Visit KC, SVP, Convention Sales & Services
Matt Kenny Kansas City Chiefs, Vice President of Arrowhead Operations & Events
Mike Kehoe State of Missouri, Lt. Governor
Jonathan Knecht Kansas City Area Development Council, Senior VP - Marketing & Creative
Randy Landes Visit KC, VP & CFO
Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi Consulate of Mexico In Kansas City, Head Consul
Kathy Nelson Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation, President & CEO
Yann Passet KC2026 FIFA World Cup Bid, Consultant
Brian Platt City of Kansas City, MO City Manager
Penny Postoak Ferguson Johnson County Manager
David Pruente Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, SVP, Strategic Partnerships
Joe Reardon Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO
Jake Reid Sporting Kansas City, President & CEO
Morgan Said City of Kansas City, MO, Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office
David Toland State of Kansas, Lt. Governor
Frank White Jackson County Executive


Kansas City to host Leagues Cup featuring Sporting KC and Liga MX club

Sporting Kansas City is one of eight premier North American clubs that will compete in the second edition of Leagues Cup this summer, Major League Soccer and LIGA MX announced. Leagues Cup will see MLS clubs Sporting, Seattle Sounders FC, Orlando City SC and New York City FC join four LIGA MX clubs in a high-level international…

KC2026 World Cup bid secures endorsements from surrounding states

As part of the on-going efforts to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Kansas City, the KC2026 bid team has received endorsements from youth soccer associations located throughout the Midwest region. In addition to the Kansas State Youth Soccer Association and Missouri Youth Soccer Association, the Arkansas Soccer Association, Illinois Youth Soccer Association, Iowa…

Kansas City to host 2022 United Soccer Coaches Convention

United Soccer Coaches has selected Kansas City to host the association’s annual convention from January 19-23, 2022. Founded in 1941, United Soccer Coaches has grown into the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization that serves members at every level of the game. The association provides programs and services that contribute to the development and recognition of…