The latest push is now underway to bring World Cup football to South Bay

The final effort to bring the 2026 World Cup soccer matches to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is now underway. A delegation from the governing body of the World Cup, FIFA, is in South Bay this weekend to visit the stadium facilities and the region as a whole. Officials from CONCACAF, which governs American football, are also there to view the pitches. According to KPIX, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is joined by the mayors of Oakland and San Francisco in welcoming the delegation and helping deliver the land to bring the games to Levi’s.

β€œThe South Bay has a rich history in hosting international football and has the world-class venues needed to get the job done in 2026. We also have the infrastructure and the passion to capitalize on the economic boom that we have. ‘event would bring to the region for the long term development of football,’ Mayor Liccardo said in a statement released by KPIX. Members of the San Francisco 49ers front office and executives from Bay Area tech mega-companies like Google, Salesforce, Airbnb and Visa will also join the group to help present Levi’s Stadium as the perfect fit for the World Cup. world.

“The excitement and community spirit unique to the Bay Area has been directed into football for generations, dating back to the FIFA World Cup matches held in the region in 1994 and 1999 which were a huge success. “49ers president Al Guido said in a statement. posted by Mercury News. “There is no doubt in my mind that the 2026 FIFA World Cup would elicit an even greater response, and we are honored to lead the Bay Area bid to host this exciting and compelling event,” said Guido.

As for the 2026 World Cup tournament itself, it will be played in a new format with matches played in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This is the first time that the matches will be shared between three different nations. There will also be 48 teams instead of 32 teams, which is how next year’s World Cup in Qatar is structured. As SFist reported, a total of 16 cities will be selected to host matches throughout the month of June 2026 – and San Francisco was the last host city for the World Cup in 1994. Three cities in Mexico are vying to host, as well as two in Canada. , Edmonton and Toronto. The other American cities in the running are Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and Atlanta.

We won’t know if Levi’s will be chosen until early next year, when the delegation is expected to select a dozen US cities where 60 World Cup matches would take place. The Met Life Stadium in New Jersey has already been chosen as the venue for the final game of the tournament. Only ten games will be played in Canada and Mexico. According to KPIX, Bay Area officials are expected to show the delegation the PayPal park in San Jose where the earthquakes are occurring. The stadium could potentially be used as a training ground for World Cup teams if SF / Santa Clara is chosen as the host city.

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