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The 2026 FIFA World Cup Trophy on display before a press conference at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
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Behind the Scenes of the 2026 World Cup Bid Process

They gathered in different ways. Some had big, public parties. Others gathered in a conference room as a small group. One watched from a villa in Tuscany. Watching at home, John Kristick was able to reflect. When Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in December 2010, it was at the expense of the United […]

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Jose Sotolongo, Director of Sports and Entertainment for the Greater Miami and Convention and Visitors Bureau, left, Victor Montagliani, FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, center, and Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments events officer, right, pose for a photograph at Hard Rock Stadium during a September 23, 2021, site visit in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami will be one of the 11 U.S. cities to host games. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

What Cities Will Host 2026 World Cup — U.S., Mexico and Canada Hosts Announced

FIFA has announced the cities that will host games at the 2026 World Cup, the end of a years-long competition between dozens of cites across the United States, Mexico and Canada that were vying for the coveted spots. The U.S. cities that will host will be Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, […]

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FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup Ticket Sales Start October 6

Tickets for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand will go on sale starting October 6, less than one year before the tournament begins on July 20, 2023. The first-ever co-hosted women’s tournament will have 32 teams competing in 64 matches across nine host cities and 10 stadiums. […]

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Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is one of the new venues built for this winter's FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Demand Strong to Attend First World Cup in Middle East

There was the controversial vote by FIFA all those years ago to give it one of the world’s biggest sporting events. There was the schedule change to the fall from summer, which meant changing the worldwide soccer calendar. There have been documented issues about how the stadiums have been constructed, the country’s restrictions against same-sex […]

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

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. Here is a look at where things stand. Click here for the latest on COVID-19’s Effect on the Sports-Event Industry. TENNIS: Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Withdraws from U.S. Open Posted: Thursday, August 25 With the final Grand Slam of the tennis season about to start […]

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Daniil Medvedev of Russia will be allowed to defend his championship at the U.S. Open this summer in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association announced. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

U.S. Open to Raise Aid to Ukraine Throughout Tournament

The United States Tennis Association has announced a humanitarian aid plan to benefit the Ukraine under the ‘Tennis Plays for Peace’ program, with hopes of raising $2 million during the U.S. Open with events and activations starting August 24. The launch event will be an exhibition on August 24, which is Ukraine Independence Day. The […]

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Colin Smith, FIFA chief tournaments and events officer, left, and Victor Montagliani, FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president, right, listen during a news conference at Hard Rock Stadium on September 23, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida during a series of site visits to FIFA World Cup 2026 candidate host cities. The host cities will be announced June 16. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The 2026 World Cup Host Announcement: What’s at Stake and What the Process was Like

As June 16 approaches, the fate of hundreds of millions of dollars in potential sports tourism benefits is at stake for more than a dozen destinations throughout the United States. It will be on that day when FIFA announces the cities that will host games for the 2026 World Cup in North America, the biggest […]

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2022 eMLS Season Featuring 27 Clubs, Return to Live Events

Major League Soccer and Electronic Arts have announced the competitive schedule and details for the 2022 season of eMLS, the official esports league of Major League Soccer with 27 professional players, each representing an MLS team, and a record-setting $75,000 season prize pool. If conditions allow, the 2022 season eMLS season will see a return […]

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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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Mexico's national men's soccer team is well-represented by fans whenever it plays in the United States, including at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium during the 2021 Nations League championship match. Photo by 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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