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Cincinnati among 32 sites to host 2026 World Cup

Cincinnati among 32 sites to host 2026 World Cup (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati made the short list of potential 2026 World Cup host cities.

Paul Brown Stadium was among 32 sites selected by a joint North American Bid Committee.

They'll be presented to soccer's international governing body, FIFA, early next year.

The list includes 25 US cities, four in Canada and three in Mexico.

At least 12 locations will likely be selected if North America wins the right to host.

Jeff Berding, FC Cincinnati's president and general manager, released a statement regarding the bid:

“We are extremely excited and humbled to be invited by the United Bid Committee to continue in the process of becoming an Official Host City for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. To be one of 32 cities selected across North America is truly a testament to the renaissance that is occurring in Greater Cincinnati. We are proud that FC Cincinnati and our collaboration with our fans, our community and business partners, have unleashed this soccer movement and put Cincinnati on the national and global soccer stage. We will continue to work diligently to finalize our hosting documents so we can bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to our Queen City.”

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