HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
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.
WE HAVE SUPPORT IN ALL 50 STATES!
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
|KANSAS CITY MAYORS|
|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|
|HONORARY BID CAPTAINS|
|KC2026 WORLD CUP BID DIRECTOR|
|Trent Armbrust||Kansas Department of Commerce, Chief Strategy Officer|
|Lynn Berling-Manuel||Past CEO, United Soccer Coaches|
|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|
|Cheryl Harrison-Lee||Wyandotte County & Kansas City, KS Assistant County Administrator|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Geoff VanDeusen||CEO, United Soccer Coaches|
|Frank White||Jackson County Executive|