2026 FIFA World Cup
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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Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
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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