Washington, D.C., officers are taking a look forward to a post-COVID-19 international, beginning with a pitch to FIFA to host International Cup fits in 2026.
Individuals of the DC2026 staff together with Occasions DC management and representatives from the Washington Soccer Crew and FedExField led the dialogue on Thursday, April 1, on behalf of town’s bid.
The dialog targeted round infrastructural sides of FedExField required for webhosting fits.
“Washington, D.C. is among the international’s maximum recognizable towns and an international hub of tradition with world-class infrastructure making it the premier vacation spot for large-scale, global occasions,” stated Max Brown, DC2026 Advisory Board co-chair. “We stay as assured as ever popping out of this assembly, which marks the most important milestone with FIFA and U.S. Football as we paintings to protected fits at FedExField. We sit up for this subsequent bankruptcy in our town’s storied football legacy of each U.S. and global moments.”
DC2026 says throughout the one-on-one discussions, FIFA supplied knowledge in regards to the subsequent level of the venue variety procedure for the 17 ultimate U.S. candidate towns the place handiest ten will make the general lower.
The International Cup’s governing frame additionally defined a spread of different elements in comparing each and every town’s bid.
Those parts come with the host town’s total infrastructure and products and services in addition to their dedication to sustainability, human rights and tournament legacy.
The District and FedExField proportion a historical past of webhosting international football occasions.
D.C. has hosted extra U.S. Nationwide Crew video games than another town on this planet and was once house to fits for the 1994 FIFA International Cup and 1996 Olympic Video games says town’s advisory board.
FedExField has additionally hosted a lot of fits within the 1999 FIFA Ladies’s International Cup and premier global groups together with F.C. Barcelona, Chelsea F.C., Manchester United and Inter Milan.
The 2026 International Cup would be the first to function 48 groups, making it the most important in historical past with 80 overall fits. Its financial have an effect on is projected to exceed $5 billion, in line with Occasions DC.
Following the digital conferences, FIFA and U.S. Football objectives to start out in-person venue visits this summer time. The overall U.S. host town record will probably be introduced by way of the top of this yr.
“This vital level within the host town variety procedure was once a very good alternative to interact FIFA referring to their imaginative and prescient and necessities,” stated Gregory O’Dell, Occasions DC president and leader government officer and DC2026 Advisory Board member. “We’re assured that FedExField, the place the arena’s main football stars have performed, will exceed FIFA and U.S. Football’s expectancies in turning in an optimum revel in for each spectators and athletes.
“We respect the partnership with the Washington Soccer staff and we all know D.C. is an iconic town with best notch choices and amenities had to effectively host the FIFA International Cup,” O’Dell stated. “We sit up for the following steps on this procedure.”
The 2022 International Cup will happen subsequent fall within the host nation Qatar. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will host the 2026 International Cup.