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FIFA Schedules Final Venue Visits to World Cup 2026 Candidate Host Cities

FIFA will launch the final round of venue visits to the 2026 World Cup candidate host cities with eight destinations scheduled for visits from October 21–November 1 as the race to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world continues to heat up in earnest after months of pandemic-related delays. The delegation will […]

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USC running back Vavae Malepeai runs into the end zone for a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of a college football game on November 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Sports and COVID-19: The Impact on the Sports-Event Industry

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Nearly every major sporting event has been canceled, moved or postponed. Here is a look at where things stand. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry. NHL: Only Four Players Unvaccinated as Season Opens Posted: Wednesday, October 13 The […]

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Montreal Withdraws as 2026 World Cup Site; FIFA to Pick Venues in 2022

The city of Montreal has withdrawn from the venue selection process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be held in North America, potentially opening an extra spot for an American city to host. FIFA also announced that the final selections of cities will be delayed until 2022 at the earliest. Canada Soccer made the […]

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Empower Field at Mile High in Denver is hosting the CONCACAF Nations League tournament. Photo: Jason Gewirtz

For Denver, a Final Chance to Impress FIFA

The decision on which 10 U.S. destinations will host rounds of the 2026 FIFA World Cup is still to come this year. But the remaining finalist cities are jockeying in subtle and not-so-subtle ways as they seek to catch the eye of FIFA and prove their international soccer hosting bona fides. Denver is the latest […]

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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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