Bid committee drops Indianapolis from list of potential 2026 World Cup host sites

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis didn’t make the cut.

The Circle City was  dropped from the list of potential hosts for the 2026 World Cup. Other U.S. cities cut from the list included Birmingham, Cleveland, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and San Antonio. The Canadian cities of Ottawa and Regina, Saskatchawan, also were eliminated.

Thirty-two areas remain in contention, including 25 from the United States, four from Canada and three from Mexico, the North American bid committee said Wednesday.

The committee said it expects its proposal, which will be sent to FIFA in March, to include up to 25 cities. At least 12 cities would ultimately be selected if the FIFA Congress picks the joint bid when it votes in June 2018.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first with a 48-nation field. Morocco said it also intends to bid.

The 32 remaining areas under consideration are:

UNITED STATES

Atlanta; Baltimore; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati; Chicago; Dallas and Arlington, Texas; Denver; Detroit; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Glendale, Arizona; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Landover, Maryland; Las Vegas; Los Angeles and Inglewood and Pasadena, California; Miami; Minneapolis; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Santa Clara, California; Seattle; Tampa, Florida

CANADA

Edmonton, Alberta; Montreal; Toronto; Vancouver, British Columbia

MEXICO

Guadalajara; Mexico City; Monterrey