The city of Chicago, Illinois, has been confirmed by world governing body Fifa as out of the running to become a host venue for the 2026 Fifa World Cup.
In March 2018, both Chicago and Vancouver removed themselves from consideration as potential host cities for the showpiece soccer event – which is being co-hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada – amid concern over the financial burden of such a role.
Soldier Field, home of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears, hosted the opening game and four other matches during the 1994 World Cup, the only time the US has hosted the tournament.
On July 7, Fifa and the United States Soccer Federation will hold virtual workshops with the 17 cities in the US looking to make the final 10 which will be chosen. Ahead of that event, it was confirmed by Fifa that Chicago will not be given a second chance to be considered for selection.
The remaining US candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.
A similar case applies for Vancouver, meaning Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto are the only sites under consideration in Canada.
The selection process for the host cities had been hoped to be finalized by spring 2021 but due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, this process has been delayed indefinitely. Fifa hopes to know a timeline for the process by the end of the year.
Few other details were revealed in a conference call with Fifa chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith and former US Soccer chief executive Dan Flynn, who is overseeing the US city selection.