LOS ANGELES WORLD CUP HOST COMMITTEE STATEMENT
As a world-class soccer city with numerous iconic stadiums as well as three incredible professional soccer teams, the Los Angeles area celebrates SoFi Stadium being selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. We look forward to partnering with FIFA to ensure that the event will deliver tangible, significant, and enduring benefits to the greater Los Angeles community.
Our organizations have worked diligently to develop and submit a bid for the Los Angeles area to serve as a host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Our experience when the Rose Bowl hosted the Finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, as well as the world-class infrastructure, vibrant communities, and our status as one of the nation’s richest soccer cultures set the Los Angeles region apart.
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.”
FIFA has selected SoFi Stadium and the Los Angeles region as one of the 16 cities to host matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.
SoFi Stadium is an unprecedented and unparalleled sports and entertainment venue built by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke. The first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed, SoFi Stadium is the home of the Los Angeles Chargers and the reigning Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams. The state-of-the-art stadium re-imagines the fan experience through cutting-edge technology and seamless design. The host of a variety of events year-round including Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football Championship Game in 2023 and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2028.
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.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2026™
FIFA has asked each of the prospective host cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States to submit a human rights stakeholder engagement report as part of their bid to host games during the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™. In these reports, cities were expected to set out how they are working, and will continue to work, with stakeholders to identify and address potential human rights impacts associated with hosting the tournament and to maximize opportunities for a positive human rights legacy. Below you’ll find links to the Los Angeles region’s submission.
FIFA UNVEILS STELLAR LINE-UP OF FIFA WORLD CUP 2026™ HOST CITIES
A significant milestone on the road to the FIFA World Cup 2026™ was reached tonight as the 16 Host Cities that are due to stage matches at the first edition of football’s showpiece to feature 48 teams were unveiled by FIFA. The highly anticipated announcement was made on a TV show produced in cooperation with FOX and Telemundo from New York and broadcast live to host countries Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as the whole world via FIFA+.
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.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES WORLD CUP HOST COMMITTEE
The Los Angeles World Cup Host Committee has been established to deliver a premier FIFA World Cup 2026™ experience and drive lasting social, cultural, and economic impact for the region. We serve as the liaison between FIFA, U.S. Soccer and Los Angeles to harness the opportunities surrounding the tournament to elevate our community. The Host Committee is led by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) and includes the Los Angeles Rams, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, Rose Bowl Stadium, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and the LA Galaxy.