Cincinnati USA

2026 Fifa World Cup Host City Goto Faqs

2026 Fifa World Cup Logo Goto Faqs


The USA/Canada/Mexico United Bid was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA is among the finalist cities, with final hosts to be chosen by June 2020.

Two things you should know about Cincinnati. We know how to celebrate, and we get more than a little passionate sharing our city with visitors. From the banks of the Ohio River to vibrant, historic Over-the-Rhine, there isn't a section of our urban core than hasn't been transformed by our recent renaissance - and the world is invited to come on over and enjoy it all with us.

With the founding and explosion in popularity of FC Cincinnati in just two short years, now is our time. We have truly become Soccer City USA - so much so the United States Soccer Federation named our city the capital of American soccer. With that in mind, selecting us as a 2026 FIFA World Cup™ Host City is an obvious choice.

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"It's the best American soccer crowd I've ever seen."
- JESSE MARSCH, NEW YORK RED BULLS COACH

"Cincinnati should be proud of it's meteoric rise as one of our continent's most incredible soccer cities... Now it's time to make the rest of North America and the rest of the world proud about what Cincinnati can be as one of the great soccer cities in the world."
- DON GARBER, MLS

Fot the love of the game

ENHANCE THE GAME

We're one of the largest populations of soccer fans and youth players in America per capita. And we're building initiatives to increase popularity.

ENGAGE FANS

The fan experience here is like no other. Activities will fill the park spaces along the Ohio River and near Paul Brown Stadium.

EQUALITY

In Cincinnati, inclusivity is top priority, illustrated by CEOs for Action, Diverse by Design, and a proposed annual Human Rights Global Symposium and more.

EXPAND SOCCER'S REACH

Building Initiatives: U.S. Soccer Girls AND Boys Development Academy, increase investment in inner city futsal courts, and launch Girls & Soccer Initiative.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Several Fortune 500 companies call Cincinnati home as well as European investment. Companies from around the world are already doing business here.

ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

We are a leader in sustainability and renewable energy. The Green Cincinnati Plan is a big reason why, aong with recycling, green building incentives, streetcar system and bike rentals/trails.

Together In Numbers

ENHANCE THE GAME DOLLARS...

$1 billion+ in sports venues, cultural, entertainment, riverfront development

$5+ billion annual visitor spending



STATS...

60% of the U.S. population within a one-hour flight or a day's drive

26 million visitors hosted in 2017

3.3 million people within 50 miles

200,000 youth soccer players across Ohio

Paul Brown Stadium capacity is 65,535

SPORTS HERITAGE...

Cincinnati Reds (MLB), originated 1869

Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), originated 1968

FC Cincinnati (USL), 2016-2018; MLS in 2019

NASCAR race series, originated 2011

ATP Masters event, Western and Southern Open, originated 1899

Flying Pig Marathon, originated 1999

NCAA Division I collegiate sports

SAY Soccer headquarters, founded in 1967

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WE LOVE TO CELEBRATE!

We know how to celebrate, and we love our city. We're in a renessaince, bursting with energy, and the world is invited!

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UNMATCHED SPORTS HERITAGE

A storied sports heritage is infused with modern energy as a new chapter is written by ascendant FC Cincinnati MLS team.

VIBRANT ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS VIBRANT ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS

VIBRANT ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS

Enjoy our rich heritage with a freshly brewed pint on the riverfront to exploring brewing tunnels in historic Over-The-Rhine.

Faqs

  • WHY CINCINNATI? >

    Fair question. We've done our homework. We've made more than $1 billion in investments for our riverfront district alone. But more than that, our region has become a soccer hotbed. FC Cincinnati's fandom explosion is unprecedented. So unprecedented, the United States Soccer Federation named Cincinnati the capital of American soccer. Nearby, Columbus, Ohio is the place for the USA v. Mexico game. Michigan holds multiple records for soccer fan attendance. Cincinnati USA is the only Host City candidate in the running that's within close proximity to either of those events.

    The Soccer Association for Youth, USA (SAY Soccer) is headquartered here. There are more than 60,000 youth soccer players in our region and 200,000 throughout the state.

    As host city our venues would be a perfect fit. In fact, Paul Brown Stadium already hosts high-profile soccer events including the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team matches in October 2004 (v. New Zealand) and in November 2008 (v. South Korea). We have plenty of public gathering places indoor and out to celebrate our victories and commiserate over our losses together during the games. With a deep sports heritage, uniting around sports is already a tradition for our city.

    Getting between those venues is simple, too. With a high density of restaurants, bars, parks and entertainment within steps of our hotels and Paul Brown Stadium ‐ most everything is walkable. Want to get their faster? Our bike rentals, streetcars, and public transportation are readily accessible to experience all that our vibrant, historic city has to offer.

  • WHAT VENUE WILL HOST THE MATCHES? >

    Paul Brown Stadium would be the place to catch all of the FIFA World Cup™ matches. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and has already played host to many major, high-profile events, including the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. It can hold as many as 65,535 people and is built to exceed the needs of all who use it.

    Most of Downtown Cincinnati's hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment are within easy walking distance to the stadium. However, if walking isn't your thing, there's also plenty of cost effective public transportation readily available.

  • WHAT OTHER MAJOR EVENTS HAVE YOU HOSTED? >

    So many. Especially in recent years with the city's revitalization. Check out some of the highlights...

    • August 2017: Western & Southern Open (191,752)
    • May 2017: Flying Pig Marathon (40,000)
    • December 2016: Reds Fest (28,000)
    • Oct. 2, 2016: USL Playoff Game (30,187)
    • June 14, 2017: U.S. Open Cup 4th Round (30,160)
    • June 28, 2017: U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 (32,287)
    • Aug. 15, 2017: U.S. Open Cup Semifinal (33,250)
    • Sept. 19, 2017: USWT vs New Zealand Friendly (33,250)
    • July 29, 2017: Macy's Music Festival (42,161)
    • Guns N Roses Tour 2016 (38,508)
    • Luke Bryan Tour 2015 (40,121)
    • UC/OSU Football 2014 (66,522)
    • OHHSA Football Double Headers 2011 (38,216)
    • July 12, 2015: MLB Futures Game (43,661)
    • July 13, 2015: MLB Home Run Derby (43,587)
    • July 14, 2015: MLB All Star Game (43,656)
    • June 28, 2014: Beyoncé & Jay Z (37,863)
    • Aug. 4, 2011: Paul McCartney (41,256 tickets sold)
  • AS A FAN, WHAT CAN I LOOK FORWARD TO? >

    You mean beside the time of your life? If Cincinnati is selected as a Host City, our downtown will essentially be your playground. All of our restaurants, bars and entertainment are within walking distance to Paul Brown Stadium, parks and hotels. Imagine walking outside of your room only to be surrounded by tens of thousands of equally passionate soccer fans.

    Everyone cheering on their favorite teams while enjoying the low-key, casual and accessible atmosphere of Cincinnati. Not to mention our warm and welcoming residents. We'll even have Street Concierges, Fan Zones and Cultural Hotspots to give you the experience of a lifetime.

  • HOW EASY IS IT TO GET TO CINCINNATI? >

    Whether you're flying or driving, we're easy to reach. With the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) a short drive away, our city is America's most convenient gateway. CVG sees nearly 200 daily flights serviced by 10 different airlines from more than 80 cities with non-stop flights.

    We're within driving distance to 60% of the country's population, too. And with three major interstates intersecting here, I-71, I-74 and I-75, it's an easy drive. There are 30 major metro markets within 600 miles of Cincinnati and 20 within just 400 miles.

  • HOW EASY IS IT TO GET AROUND THE CITY? >

    Cincinnati has a high density of dining, entertainment and attractions giving our city an unmatched walkability advantage. We have plenty of transportation options as well if you want to give your legs a break. The Cincinnati Bell Connector provides streetcar service into and around downtown Cincinnati.

    Our Metro Bus service operates daily from 4:30 a.m.-1 a.m. with 20 local routes. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) gives visitors access to everything Northern Kentucky has to offer as well. Plus visitors can take advantage of Red Bike, Cincinnati's bike-sharing rental service.

  • WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE INFO ABOUT CINCINNATI? >