FIFA starts tour of US host cities for 2026 World Cup, plan to visit Kansas City in October

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A World Cup sign sits over 16th and Main streets in Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — International soccer’s governing body is headed to the United States to start touring host city candidates for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

According to FIFA, starting September 15, the FIFA delegation will visit nine cities in nine days starting with Boston and ending in Miami.

Along with Boston and Miami, the delegation led by FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani, who also serves as CONCACAF President, will visit Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey and Philadelphia.

The tour will be one of two tours to all candidate cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Kansas City was not included in the first tour, but according to FIFA the remaining cities will be toured by the end of November.

Katherine Fox, director of the KC2026 FIFA World Cup Bid said FIFA will be here in October.

“We are expecting to host FIFA for a site visit in late October and preparations are underway,” Fox said. “We have a very involved Executive Committee as well as a task force dedicated to supporting the planning efforts. I’ve no doubt that we will effectively showcase Kansas City and all that we have to offer as a potential host city.”

FIFA plans to have the host cities selected by Q1 or Q2 of 2022.

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