Now, Jax is in a perfect position to make a strong bid for the 2026 World Cup.
The United States Soccer Federation revealed the shortlist of candidate cities that have been sent information requests in preparation for the organization’s bid to FIFA to make North America the host of the 2026 World Cup. Jacksonville was listed as one of the 34 U.S. cities chosen.
The city now has until September 5 to declare their interest in further consideration – and it seems fairly likely that we will do so. The city previously applied for consideration in 2010 for the 2018 bid, but missed the final cut.
In total, 44 cities are being considered as part of North America’s combined bid, which will then compete with Morocco for FIBA’s selection. Around a dozen cities will likely be part of the final bid.
EverBank Field would be the chosen venue if Jacksonville were to be selected.
There’s no doubt that the games would be well-attended in Jax. EverBank Field has hosted multiple U.S. men’s national team games, drawing crowds of up to 52,000.
The Armada FC started off with strong attendance, too, before poor on-field results began eating away at crowd numbers.
That being said, Jacksonville being selected may still be quite a longshot.
While the city has plenty of soccer fans, it doesn’t have the same degree of soccer fever as others in consideration – such as Orlando, for example.