GO26

About Us

The Greater Orlando Sports Commission, City of Orlando, Orange County and Orlando City Soccer Club have assembled a team of community leaders from public and private sectors working hand-in-hand with the goal of bringing the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Orlando.

We take a regional approach to executing high-profile events and form host committees for each of our marquee events dating back to the 1994 FIFA World Cup. We determine how best to use our collective resources and create a strategic plan to deliver epic athlete and fan experiences.

Our Bid Committee is broken into topic-specific sub committees including events/operations, special events, marketing/public relations, finance/administration, youth/grassroots, accommodation, human rights, public safety/security, sustainability, transportation, sponsorship/partnerships, community relations, and fan fests.

Pursuit Milestones

October 6, 2017
USMNT vs Panama World Cup Qualifier Match

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The USMNT defeats Panama 4-0 at Orlando City Stadium in FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier.

March 7, 2018
SheBelieves Cup


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The USWNT defeated England 1-0 to win its 2nd SheBelieves title in three years.

July 15, 2018
FIFA Men’s World Cup Final Watch Party

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The Orlando City Soccer Club in partnership with the Downtown Development Board, Greater Orlando Sports Commission and iHeart radio hosted a watch party for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final on July 15, 2018.

March 21, 2019
USMNT vs Ecuador

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The USMNT earned a 1-0 victory against Ecuador on March 21, 2019 at Exploria Stadium.

May 24, 2019
WNT Everywhere Campaign

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Orlando was selected in May of 2019 to participate in the WNT Everywhere Campaign. Player murals were unveiled in 11 cities across the United States ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

June 20, 2019
GO26 Logo Unveiling

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Greater Orlando 2026 World Cup Pursuit Partners unveiled their new Host City Candidate logo on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

June 20, 2019
GrayRobinson Community Leader Forum

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GO26 along with GrayRobinson hosted a Community Leader Forum to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The event was hosted on June 20, 2019 and Abe Madkours, publisher and editor of the Sports Business Journal moderated the panel discussion with key officials of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, including Marla Messing, Executive Vice President of the 1994 FIFA World Cup; Alan Rothenberg, Chairman and CEO of the 1994 FIFA World Cup; Joanie Schirm, Orlando Chairman for the 1994 FIFA World Cup; and Ross Berlin, Senior Vice President of Venues for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

June 20, 2019
FIFA Women’s World Cup Watch Party – USWNT vs Sweden

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GO26 along with the Orlando Downtown Development Board hosted a watch party on June 20, 2019 for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they took on Sweden for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

June 20, 2019
25th Anniversary VIP Celebration


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GO26 hosted a 25th Anniversary VIP celebration of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The celebration took place on June 20, 2019 and featuring Alex Leitao, Chief Executive Officer of Orlando City Soccer Club, Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor of the City of Orlando; Mayor Glenda Hood, Former Mayor of the City of Orlando; Mayor Jerry Demings, Mayor of Orange County; and Jason Siegel, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Orlando Sports Commission.

July 7, 2019
FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Watch Party - USWNT vs Netherlands

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GO26 hosted a watch party on July 7, 2019 for the U.S. Women’s National Team as they took on Netherlands in the final match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

July 31, 2019
MLS All-Star Week

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The MLS All-Stars took on Athletico Madrid on July 31, 2019 at Exploria Stadium.

November 6, 2019
Downtown Orlando Partnership Lunch and Learn

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The Downtown Orlando Partnership will be hosting a World Cup Lunch and Learn event on November 6, 2019.

November 15, 2019
USMNT vs Canada

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The USMNT secured a 4-1 win over Canada in the critical Concacaf Nations League home match on Nov. 15 at Exploria Stadium.

November 21-22, 2019
Soccerex Miami

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Jason Siegel, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission will be participating in a FIFA World Cup Host Cities Panel Discussion at Soccerex Miami on November 21-22, 2019.

December 10-12, 2019
United Soccer League (USL)

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The United Soccer League hosted their end-of-year meetings in Orlando on December 10-12, 2019.

February 28, 2020
SheBelieves Cup Press Conference

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Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger joined Mayor Buddy Dyer as the City of Orlando declared March 5 as “SheBelieves Day”.

March 5, 2020
SheBelieves Cup

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The reigning FIFA Women's World Cup champions, the U.S. Soccer Women's National Team beat England 2-0 in this elite four-team international tournament.

Orlando’s Organizing Committee

Orlando’s Organizing Committee was formed in August of 2017. With the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, City of Orlando, Orange County and Orlando City Soccer Club providing leadership, the committee will add muscle, resources and creativity to ensure the success of the event.

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Youth Soccer/Grassroots Committee

The contribution of the region’s stakeholders in youth/grassroots soccer will be vital to the success and legacy of the event.

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Public Safety Committee

Our nationally ranked agencies collaborate on a regular basis for all marquee events to focus on the safety of our visiting teams, delegations, fans and local residents.

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