Photo via Camping World Stadium
FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, has awarded North America the 2026 men's World Cup tournament, and the winning bid calls for 60 of the 80 games – including all matches from the quarterfinals onward – to be played on U.S. soil.
That's good news for Floridian soccer fans, since Orlando's Camping World Stadium is one of the 23 possible venues included in the bid (WESH
says the list will be narrowed down to 16 venues over the next two years). The last time Orlando and the U.S. hosted a men's World Cup was in 1994.
"We're thrilled that the United bid has been a success and are so excited about the possibility of the city of Orlando serving as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.
ESPN says that the bid predicts that bringing the World Cup to North America would produce staggering revenues of $14 billion. Much of that, according to the sports news website, comes from the well-established economy and corporate structure in the United States, which is already set up to handle all aspects of a massive event like a World Cup.
North America beat Morocco to win this bid, and you can learn more about the voting procedure via prosoccerusa.com. Now if we could just figure out how to get the U.S. Men's National Team to be good enough to get in the tournament.
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