Dakota Crawford Indianapolis Star Published 8:39 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS – After Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI, the consensus was clear: This town is built for hosting world-class events. Media personalities from NFL.com, ESPN and more all swooned about Hoosier hospitality and downtown's walkable layout. In 2010, two years after Lucas Oil Stadium was completed, Indianapolis was one of 18 cities the USA selected for its pitch to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Indy beat out some notable cities, including Chicago, Orlando and San Francisco. So perhaps it was natural that, last August, Indianapolis put in a bid to be a 2026 FIFA World Cup host. Being selected would have meant two things: A ton of money (FIFA expects the event to generate $11 billion in profits), and for a city like Indianapolis, a rare shot at international media attention. What we know: The Al Jazeera-Peyton Manning legal battle Not a … [Read more...] about Here’s why Indy may have missed out on being a 2026 FIFA World Cup host city
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Seattle civic and sports leaders wasted little time Wednesday getting out in front of an issue looming as perhaps the city’s biggest hurdle in landing some FIFA World Cup 2026 games. At an afternoon press conference featuring, among others, Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine, the talk quickly turned to the FieldTurf surface at CenturyLink Field. The field must be replaced by natural grass for the tournament as required by world soccer’s governing body FIFA, a potential deterrent in the selection process ahead of the list of host city candidates being narrowed from 23 to 16. Fred Mendoza, chairman of the Washington State Public Stadium Authority overseeing CenturyLink Field, was the first to bring up the turf, unprompted, in trumpeting how the Seahawks and Sounders home has long been much more than just an NFL venue. “CenturyLink Field was intentionally designed and constructed for World Cup … [Read more...] about Seattle may host some 2026 FIFA World Cup games as North America wins bid
Despite a plethora of worrisome events that could have derailed its bid, our continent will indeed host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The United States, Mexico and Canada emerged triumphant over Morocco by a vote of 134-65, with one country voting for neither option. That means Seattle will get to host at least some of the matches by virtue of the result. There will be a Pioneer Square press conference this afternoon to discuss the result and what it means for soccer in this city. Seattle in March made the list of 23 finalist cities and one of 17 from this country to host potential World Cup matches. The artificial turf surface at CenturyLink Field would have to be replaced with natural grass to meet FIFA standards. The last time the World Cup was held in this country was in 1994, but clearly the sport has since made major strides with the formation afterwards of Major League Soccer. Winning the bid had initially seemed a fait accompli until the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and … [Read more...] about Seattle to host some 2026 FIFA World Cup games as North America wins bid
Charlie Hatch [email protected] Published 4:13 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday, but Cincinnati's biggest win can come the day before. On Wednesday, FIFA, soccer's international governing body, will vote on the location of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The choices are between Morocco and a United Bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico. The vote is expected to occur between 5-7 a.m. EST. If the United Bid is selected, that doesn't necessarily mean Cincinnati will be a host city, though. Twenty-three cities were named finalists to host a potential World Cup in North America, including Cincinnati. The United Bid stated previously that up 16 cities will host matches for the 48-team tournament. The 2018 FIFA World Cup has 11 host sites and contains 32 countries. If the United Bid wins the election Because Cincinnati was named a finalist to host, the city will likely at least be a headquarters for one or two national teams. It's … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup: Cincinnati could find out soon if it will be a host city in 2026.
By Nugesse Ghebrendrias and Jorge Rodriguez Collegian sports reporters, Nugesse Ghebrendrias and Jorge Rodriguez list their 2018 FIFA World Cup rankings 32-21. 32. Saudi Arabia World Rank: 69 Group: A Key Players: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (Courtesy: FIFA.com) The bottom team in the tournament Saudi Arabia is not predicted to make it passed the group stage, but it can surely be a tough opponent. Members of the Asian Football Conference(AFC) and currently ranked 69 by FIFA, this would be their fifth World Cup participation where they only have made it out of group stage once in 1994. They will be competing in group A alongside cup host Russia, Egypt and Uruguay. Prediction: The Falcons as they are known have no real star power with most of its team being comprise of players from their local league. They have little chances of advancing in a group that will most likely will have Russia and Uruguay as number one and number two in the group. 31. Panama World Rank: 53 … [Read more...] about 2018 FIFA World Cup Collegian rankings 32-21