FIFA on Wednesday announced the venues that will host 2026 The world Cup. The three countries will host the World Cup matches and a total of 16 North American venues were selected. Of the 16 cities, 11 are located in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada. However, football fans in the United States expressed their disappointment after FIFA announced host cities. Supporters of the United States men’s national team in the Washington DC / Baltimore area were unhappy as the capital city did not get a chance to host a single match in the grand event.
Supporters expressed their displeasure on social media. DC was considered a potential option to host matches in 2026 but eventually, other options such as Boston and Kansas City were chosen instead.
This is how fans and followers reacted on Twitter after FIFA’s announcement.
“They chose a big, modern football stadium. Chicago is left behind. FedEx is out of DC due to the field. I thought Baltimore could get approval on Philly to spread to a more geographical east coast. Houston? Suppose they have a better stadium than DC / Baltimore. Final in NY or LA, “one user wrote on Twitter.
They chose a large, modern football stadium.
Chicago is left behind.
FedEx is out of DC due to the field.
I thought Baltimore could get approval on Philly to spread to a more geographical east coast.
Houston? Suppose they have a better stadium than DC / Baltimore.
Final in NY or LA?
– Tim Ogden (tdogden) June 16, 2022
Talking about the controversial ad, another user wrote, “No DC / Baltimore is bad for World Cup 2026. The football team and their horrible stadium only cause constant frustration.
No DC / Baltimore for World Cup 2026. The football team and their horrible stadium only cause constant frustration.
– Jackson Hairfield (j_hairfield) June 16, 2022
While another United States football fan wrote, “Washington DC is missing from this list !!! Disappointed. “
Washington DC is missing from this list !!! Disappointed
– Fiorell @ (ioFiorellaCDMX) June 17, 2022
Speaking about snubbing, Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief tournament and events officer, said it was a tough choice.
“This was a very difficult choice,” Smith said, according to The Washington Post.
“It’s hard to imagine – you can’t imagine the World Cup coming to the US and not even the capital city playing a major role.” Smith added.
Notably, the 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament organized by the three countries and the grand event will be the first tournament with 48 teams.
The cities selected to host World Cup matches in the United States are: New York / New Jersey (MetLife Stadium); Los Angeles (Sophie Stadium); Dallas (AT&T Stadium); San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium); Miami (Hard Rock Stadium); Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium); Seattle (Lumen Field); Houston (NRG Stadium); Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field); Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium); And Boston (Gillette Stadium).