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The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, is packed to the brim on July 17, 1994, before the final match of the World Cup between Brazil and Italy. (AP Photo/Lois Bernstein)

FIFA, U.S. Soccer Ready for 2026 World Cup Selection Process

After a COVID-enforced pause in the evaluation process, FIFA and U.S. Soccer will restart the venue selection process for the FIFA 2026 World Cup with a virtual workshop on Tuesday with representatives from 17 cities. “Six years seems like a long time but it’s really not,” said Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments and events officer. […]

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Four Bids Announced for 2023 Women’s World Cup

Four bids have been received to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the heels of unprecedented worldwide attention to the 2019 version held in France. The four bids include a joint proposal from Australia and New Zealand along with bids from Brazil, Colombia and Japan. None of those countries has hosted the Women’s […]

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FIFA Approves Expanded Women’s World Cup Field

Coming off the worldwide success of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, won by the United States with television audiences across the globe registering record highs, FIFA will seek to capitalize on the increased attention on women’s soccer by increasing the field for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to 32 teams, eight more than before. […]

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United States' Rose Lavelle, right, is congratulated by Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath, left, after scoring during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP Images

U.S. Women’s World Cup Success Helps NWSL Sign Television Deal With ESPN

Capitalizing on the wild, widespread success of the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national soccer team, ESPN has signed a contract to televise 14 National Women’s Soccer League matches for the rest of the 2019 season. The first broadcast of the agreement will be July 14 with a game between the Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride. […]

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Esports Stadium Arlington will serve as the host venue for the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit. Photo: Arlington CVB

Esports on the Rise: Trends in Professional Gaming

When it comes to the world of professional sports, a new contender has surely earned its spot on the roster. Esports has taken traditional and cultural landscapes by storm, opening the door of opportunity to a new breed of sporting events, competitions and organizations. As a result, destinations, venues and suppliers are dip­ping their toes […]

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