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.
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.
The fan experience here is like no other. Activities will fill the park spaces along the Ohio River and near Paul Brown Stadium.
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.
Several Fortune 500 companies call Cincinnati home as well as European investment. Companies from around the world are already doing business here.
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.
ENHANCE THE GAME DOLLARS...
$1 billion+ in sports venues, cultural, entertainment, riverfront development
$5+ billion annual visitor spending
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
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
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!
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
Enjoy our rich heritage with a freshly brewed pint on the riverfront to exploring brewing tunnels in historic Over-The-Rhine.