The Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee is led by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) and includes the Los Angeles Rams Foundation, Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, LAFC Sports Foundation, the LA Galaxy Foundation and is co-chaired by LA Galaxy President, Chris Klein and LAFC Co-President, Larry Freedman.
The Host Committee is a united soccer front established to deliver a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Los Angeles, that will drive lasting social, cultural, and economic impact for the region.
LOS ANGELES WORLD CUP HOST COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Larry Freedman, LAFC Co-President, Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee Co-Chair
“L.A. is truly a soccer city,” said Larry Freedman, LAFC Co-President. “From playgrounds to city parks, kids and adults alike play soccer here from dawn until dusk. We are proud to be a part of the Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee, working with other members of the Committee to make our collective vision of bringing the world’s best players to the world’s city a reality.”
Chris Klein, LA Galaxy President, Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee Co-Chair
“Los Angeles has a rich and storied soccer history with a deeply passionate and diverse community of fans, from youth athletes to global superstars,” said Chris Klein, LA Galaxy President. “This city is a multicultural epicenter with supporters of teams and nations throughout the world. L.A.’s resources and infrastructure will set the standard for a host city and make it a perfect location for the most celebrated tournament in the world.”
The Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee has put forth two iconic stadiums for FIFA and U.S. Soccer to select from, in the Rose Bowl Stadium and SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. The region also boasts numerous locations available for training sites or base camps for international teams.
Los Angeles continues to define itself as a soccer city, building off the rich history of hosting the 1984 Olympic Soccer tournament, the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which remain the largest-attended FIFA World Cup™ events in history. The city is home to three professional soccer teams: The Los Angeles Galaxy, The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), Angel City FC.
The FIFA World Cup 2026 ™ will take place across North America, with cities in Canada, Mexico and the USA all set to host matches. Los Angeles is bidding for the opportunity to host multiple matches, a fan festival, and other ancillary events.
The Host Committee is expecting FIFA to finalize the 16 host cities from the proposed slate of 23 candidates in the first six months of 2022. The United States has proposed 17 candidate host cities, and 10 of these destinations are expected to be selected in the final round.
LOS ANGELES STADIUMS PARTICIPATE IN FIFA WORKSHOPS IN CONTINUED BID TO HOST 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP™ MATCHES
The Rose Bowl Stadium and SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park have reengaged with FIFA and U.S. Soccer via virtual meetings aimed at discussing the viability of hosting key matches and events throughout the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Each of the two, hour-long calls discussed the logistics of hosting the matches within each stadium site and was led by the Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee, which is overseen by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission and includes the Los Angeles Rams Foundation, Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, LAFC Sports Foundation and the LA Galaxy Foundation.
LOS ANGELES RAMPS UP BID TO HOST FIFA WORLD CUP 2026™ MATCHES
The Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee today named LA Galaxy President Chris Klein and LAFC Co-President Larry Freedman as co-chairs of the region’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2026™, marking an important step in ramping up the city’s efforts to host matches during the FIFA World Cup’s first return to North America since 1994.