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 for the FIFA World Cup 2026™.

FIFA and the host associations will organize virtual one-on-one meetings with each stadium to discuss infrastructural aspects from the end of February 2021 onwards. From April 2021, FIFA and the host associations will launch targeted virtual discussions with each candidate host city.

Bearing in mind the constantly changing circumstances with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA and the host associations are aiming to start the venue visits in the candidate host cities at the beginning of July 2021. In keeping with FIFA’s policy of following the recommendations of the health authorities in the context of the pandemic, the visits will only take place if the health and safety situation in the host countries allows FIFA to do so.

Provided the aforementioned venue visits are conducted, FIFA and the host associations aim to have the host cities appointed by the FIFA Council in the last quarter of 2021.

Visit KC2026.com for updates throughout the bid process and to support the Kansas City 2026 World Cup Bid efforts. FIFA has also launched a dedicated section of FIFA.com for the FIFA World Cup 2026™ featuring profiles of the three host countries and the respective candidate host cities, as well as information about the tournament in four languages.

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