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Council approves a resolution encouraging FIFA to choose Birmingham for 2026 World Cup Match

PRESS RELEASE                                                     Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

While the 2018 FIFA World Cup has recently come to a close in Russia — with France taking home the trophy — officials in Birmingham are vying for the city to host a World Cup match in 2026.

The Council voted to approve a resolution encouraging FIFA to choose Birmingham for 2026 World Cup match.

In a joint bid, Canada, Mexico and the United States successfully landed one of the most watched sporting events in the world, with an estimated 3.5 million people expected to attend the games.

As it stands, the list has been narrowed down to 23 cities in three countries that could potentially host matches. Eventually 16 cities will be chosen to host the 48-team tournament. Here is a list of the cities that are currently being considered by FIFA officials.

While Birmingham is not currently on the shortlist of cities that could potentially host the matches, Councilor William Parker, chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and who submitted the item to the agenda, believes that even if the city is not selected to host any match play, Birmingham could possibly host exhibition games or accommodate training facility needs for teams.

“I think this is a great opportunity for Birmingham to position itself as a city that is ready to be on the world stage. We’re already going to be hosting the 2021 World Games.” Parker said. “This is a city that loves soccer and we recently landed the Birmingham Legion, a major team with the United Soccer League. We are in the process of constructing a new state-of-the-art stadium downtown. And of course, Legion Field is primed to be part of this monumental event, with all the world watching.”

This press release is a contribution from Cody Owens in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For media inquiries contact Cody Owens at 205.317.1121.