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Kansas City is in the heart of it all – geographically and culturally.
Once a starting point, now we’re a destination.


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 last decade of World Cup summers.
Arm-in-arm, thousands of fans made Kansas City’s downtown the best party in the United States again and 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, Kansas City is ready. The world’s biggest event deserves the right stage.


OUR VISION is to UNITE the region and amplify our plans of an even greater way of life for ourselves, our neighbors, and our children.
We will leverage our PASSION, EXPERIENCE and REGIONALITY with a focused commitment to respecting and protecting Human Rights.
(Click here to view the KC2026 Human Rights Stakeholder Engagement Report)


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 Quinton Lucas Kansas City, MO
Honorable Tyrone Gardner Kansas City, KS

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 Holland
Trent Armbrust Kansas Department of Commerce, Chief Strategy Officer
Lynn Berling-Manuel Past CEO, United Soccer Coaches
Aaron Borns Sporting Kansas City, VP of Marketing
Tim Cowden Kansas City Area Development Council, President & CEO
Kimiko Gilmore Deputy City Manager & Exec. Director of Convention & Entertainment Facilities
Shane Hackett Heartland Soccer Association, Executive Director
Cheryl Harrison-Lee Wyandotte County & Kansas City, KS Assistant County Administrator
Nathan Hermiston Visit KC, SVP, Convention Sales & Services
Mike Kehoe State of Missouri, Lt. Governor
Matt Kenny Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Operations & Events, EVP
Jonathan Knecht Kansas City Area Development Council, Senior VP - Marketing & Creative
Randall Landes Visit KC, Interim President & CEO
Angie K Long Co-Founder/Owner of Kansas City Current
Christopher D Long Co-Founder/Owner of Kansas City Current
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
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
Jeremy Slavens Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Events VP
Oscar Soberanes-Benitez Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City, Deputy Consul
David Toland State of Kansas, Lt. Governor
Geoff VanDeusen CEO, United Soccer Coaches
Frank White Jackson County Executive


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…

FIFA confirms timeline for FIFA World Cup 2026™ venue selection process

FIFA has announced a confirmation of the timeline for the next stage of the venue selection process for the FIFA World Cup 2026™ in Canada, Mexico and the United States, subject to any restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Kansas City is one of 17 candidate host cities in the United States in consideration to host matches…

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…