Jun 17, 2022 - Sports

Cincinnati not selected as 2026 World Cup site

A sad Cincinnati Bengal fan sits alone in a stadium.
Womp womp. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ohioans who want to see the world's top soccer stars play in person in 2026 will need to plan a road trip.

Driving the news: Cincinnati was not selected as one of 16 North American host sites for the World Cup, FIFA announced yesterday.

Why it matters: Being picked would have offered Ohio the chance to showcase its robust soccer culture and reap the economic benefits of hosting one of the biggest events in sports.

Details: The nearest host cities to Columbus will be Philadelphia and Toronto.

💭 Our thought bubble: Cincinnati was probably an underdog in this selection process, being one of the smallest metro areas among the hopefuls.

  • Perhaps a more comprehensive public transit system would have helped.
  • Cincinnati has bus travel and a downtown light rail loop, but not a major train system like selected cities Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Philadelphia.
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