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Detroit identified as potential host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 15:55:06-04

Detroit has survived the first stage of the bid process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The United Bid Committee announced 32 cities across North America could serve as official host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. 

The cities include four in Canada, three in Mexico and 25 cities in the United States.

"As we move to the next stage of the bid process, we're even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup in history and help accelerate the growth of soccer across North America and around the world," said United Bid Chairman Sunil Gulati.

Representatives from the potential host cities will travel to Houston during the week of Nov. 13 for a working session with the United Bid Committee.

"We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026. We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before. Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honor the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept.”

The committee received 41 applications from cities across Canada, Mexico and the U.S. and narrowed the list after a "comprehensive review of each of the communities and facilities."

The selection process takes into account factors such as city profile, stadium and support facilities and services, such as transportation. 

Each of the 32 cities feature existing or already planned stadiums and other world-class infrastructure, meeting or exceeding the requirements outlined by FIFA. 

The full list of cities includes:

Canada (4)

Edmonton, Alberta
Montréal, Québec
Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver, British Columbia

Mexico (3)

Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico City, Mexico
Monterrey, Nuevo León

United States (25)

Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Chicago, Illinois
Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Detroit, Michigan
Houston, Texas
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Miami, Florida
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville, Tennessee
New York/New Jersey
Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Francisco Bay Area
Seattle, Washington
Tampa, Florida
Washington, DC