U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio have introduced a measure in the U.S. Senate Thursday that will give a last-minute boost to Miami and Orlando’s hopes to host the 2026 World Cup matches.
The move comes one week before FIFA holds a vote in Moscow next week to select the host country for the 2026 World Cup. FIFA will select either Morocco, or a joint bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host.
“Being a World Cup host city is a really big deal,” said Sen. Bill Nelson. “It could provide an economic jolt to both Orlando and Miami while also allowing them to showcase all they have to offer to a huge international audience. That’s why we’re going all out to make this happen.”
“The World Cup provides a unique opportunity to bring people from across the world together to showcase a shared passion and deepen relationships,” said Sen. Rubio.
A recent economic impact study shows that World Cup cities could reap up to $500 million each.
Orlando and Miami are among 23 North American cities in the running to host the World Cup matches.
Other potential cities in North America include: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, D.C.
The 2026 World Cup will feature 80 matches involving 48 teams from around the world.
The Senate could vote on the resolution as early as Monday.