“The soccer movement continues to thrive here in the Queen City,” FC Cincinnati president and co-chair of the Cincinnati Local Organizing Committee Jeff Berding told WCPO.com in March. “FC Cincinnati has become a draw for top professional soccer players, strengthening the level and profile of soccer. The continued collaboration with Cincinnati businesses and community partners is evidence of our city’s ability to harness the passion that exists for soccer and utilize it to promote the sport as well as benefit our region.
“There is no greater thrill than the prospect of hosting the 2026 World Cup and we are confident that Cincinnati will be a shining example of the soccer movement on the global stage.”
Berding is expected to comment more today during a press conference at Nippert Stadium prior to FC Cincinnati’s home United Soccer League match against Bethlehem Steel.
The United Bid is expected to generate more than $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits for FIFA, which will be shared with the 211 FIFA Member Associations, helping further develop and expand the game of football across the globe.