The Los Angeles 2026 World Cup Host Committee said in a statement that it was thrilled that SoFi Stadium was selected as a host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
“As a world-class soccer city with numerous iconic stadiums as well as three incredible professional soccer teams, the Los Angeles area celebrates SoFi Stadium being selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” the governing body said in statement.
“We look forward to partnering with FIFA to ensure that the event will deliver tangible, significant, and enduring benefits to the greater Los Angeles community.”
The statement read that the related organizations have worked diligently to develop and submit a bid for the LA area to serve as the host.
“Our experience, when the Rose Bowl hosted the finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as the world-class infrastructure, vibrant communities, and our status as one of the nation’s richest soccer cultures set the Los Angeles region apart.”
FIFA announced that sixteen host cities across the USA, Canada and Mexico will stage matches in what will be the first edition of the World Cup to have 48 teams. The announcement was made in cooperation with FOX and Telemundo in New York and broadcast live to the three host countries, as well as the rest of the world via FIFA+.
“We were delighted by the unparalleled competitiveness of this selection process,” said Victor Montagliani, FIFA vice president and Concacaf president.
“We are extremely grateful not only to the 16 cities that have been selected, but also to the other six — with whom we look forward to continuing to engage and explore additional opportunities to welcome fans and participating teams. This has always been a FIFA World Cup of three countries, and that undoubtedly will have a tremendous impact on the whole region and the wider football community.”