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Eddie Pope, DC United legend, 3x World Cup participant United by the Game

Eddie Pope
3x D.C. United MLS Cup champion and 3x FIFA World Cup participant

Join the Movement

Washington, DC is a global capital city with deep roots in soccer history paired with a commitment to the future of the game. With its world-class infrastructure, and the city’s proven ability to host high-profile, international events, DC is an ideal host city to unite fans from around the globe for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

DC is

America's Diverse Global Capital

The Friendship Archway is an iconic landmark in DC's Gallery Place neighborhood

Home to 190+ Embassies

DC is home to one of the largest diplomatic communities in the world with more than 190 embassies and cultural centers.

Treasured Places and Unforgettable Views

The National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Monuments, Cherry Blossoms, National Zoo, art galleries, theater district and public spaces are world-renowned for their beauty and free access for all who visit the city.

A Global City with Urban Edge

Our nation’s capital welcomes more than 20 million visitors from around the world annually and produces internationally-recognized events with ease.

DC is

Host to the World

Mary J. Blige performs on the National Mall - Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/USAID

Iconic Moments

The National Mall, known as America’s front lawn, has been the site of all presidential inaugurations, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech, March for Women’s Lives and the Bicentennial fireworks.

Celebrate America’s 250th

July 4, 2026, will mark the 250th birthday of the United States of America. Washington, DC will be the epicenter of the celebration and FIFA World Cup fans will be immersed in the fireworks and musical performances on the National Mall.

A Global Menu

The New York Times named DC the #1 place to visit in 2020 for its “already-rich culture and dining scene, offering a vast menu of fresh sights and tastes,” including culinary humanitarian, José Andrés, and nearly twenty other Michelin-starred chefs.

A Sustainable and Accessible City

DC is the world’s first LEED Platinum city and one of the country’s most walkable cities. With three international airports, convenient metro system, vast bike-share network and plenty of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, DC is easily accessible.

DC is

Growing the Game

Students in the DC Scores program combine soccer with education and service learning opportunities

America’s Home Field

The U.S. National Team has played more matches in DC than any other city in the world. DC is the only city to host the ’94 FIFA World Cup, ’96 Olympic soccer and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in ’99 and ’03.

Rich History of the Game

D.C. United, the most decorated club in MLS history, Washington Spirit, founding member of the NWSL, NCAA Men’s and Women’s National Champions and the U.S. Soccer Centennial Celebration reside here. Soccer legends like Arena, Cruyff, Mia, Pope, Rooney and Scurry have called DC home.

The Future of the Sport

The greater Washington DC metro area has more than 300,000 active youth players and dozens of non-profits, including the U.S. Soccer Foundation and America Scores, engaging kids in soccer activity across all of our communities year-round.

Building a Legacy

Community initiatives will focus on increasing accessibility for youth participation in all neighborhoods across the city by investing in infrastructure, developing green space and providing underserved communities with opportunities to learn, develop and have fun.

DC is

America's Diverse Global Capital

Host to the World

Growing the Game

The Friendship Archway is an iconic landmark in DC's Gallery Place neighborhood Mary J. Blige performs on the National Mall - Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/USAID Students in the DC Scores program combine soccer with education and service learning opportunities

Home to 190+ Embassies

DC is home to one of the largest diplomatic communities in the world with more than 190 embassies and cultural centers.

Treasured Places and Unforgettable Views

The National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Monuments, Cherry Blossoms, National Zoo, art galleries, theater district and public spaces are world-renowned for their beauty and free access for all who visit the city.

A Global City with Urban Edge

Our nation’s capital welcomes more than 20 million visitors from around the world annually and produces internationally-recognized events with ease.

Iconic Moments

The National Mall, known as America’s front lawn, has been the site of all presidential inaugurations, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech, March for Women’s Lives and the Bicentennial fireworks.

Celebrate America’s 250th

July 4, 2026, will mark the 250th birthday of the United States of America. Washington, DC will be the epicenter of the celebration and FIFA World Cup fans will be immersed in the fireworks and musical performances on the National Mall.

A Global Menu

The New York Times named DC the #1 place to visit in 2020 for its “already-rich culture and dining scene, offering a vast menu of fresh sights and tastes,” including culinary humanitarian, José Andrés, and nearly twenty other Michelin-starred chefs.

A Sustainable and Accessible City

DC is the world’s first LEED Platinum city and one of the country’s most walkable cities. With three international airports, convenient metro system, vast bike-share network and plenty of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, DC is easily accessible.

America’s Home Field

The U.S. National Team has played more matches in DC than any other city in the world. DC is the only city to host the ’94 FIFA World Cup, ’96 Olympic soccer and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in ’99 and ’03.

Rich History of the Game

D.C. United, the most decorated club in MLS history, Washington Spirit, founding member of the NWSL, NCAA Men’s and Women’s National Champions and the U.S. Soccer Centennial Celebration reside here. Soccer legends like Arena, Cruyff, Mia, Pope, Rooney and Scurry have called DC home.

The Future of the Sport

The greater Washington DC metro area has more than 300,000 active youth players and dozens of non-profits, including the U.S. Soccer Foundation and America Scores, engaging kids in soccer activity across all of our communities year-round.

Building a Legacy

Community initiatives will focus on increasing accessibility for youth participation in all neighborhoods across the city by investing in infrastructure, developing green space and providing underserved communities with opportunities to learn, develop and have fun.

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Briana Scurry, FIFA World Cup Champion, Hall of Famer, Washington Spirit Coach

Briana Scurry
FIFA World Cup Champion, Hall of Famer, Washington Spirit Coach

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Our brand assets include the official DC2026 World Cup logo, fact sheet, and press release.

DC2026 Fact Sheet

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DC2026 Press Release

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DC2026 Advisory Board

Co-Chair

Max Brown

Events DC

Co-Chair

Bill Hamid

D.C. United

Co-Chair

Mark Ein

Capitol Investment Corp.

Honorary Chair

Gina Adams

FedEx Corporation

Host Team

Jason Levien

D.C. United

Leona Agouridis

Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Yousef Al Otaiba

United Arab Emirates

Pedro Alfonso

Dynamic Concepts, Inc.

José Andrés

World Central Kitchen

Rushern Baker

Prince George's County

Steve Baldwin

Washington Spirit

Sashi Brown

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Stephen Choi

Washington Football Team / FedExField

Monica Dixon

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

John Falcicchio

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Ximena Hartsock

Phone2Action

Bethany Henderson

DC SCORES /
America SCORES

Monty Hoffman

Hoffman & Assoc.

Brian Huseman

Amazon

Matt Kelly

JBG Smith Properties

Cathy Lanier

National Football League

Joanna Lohman

U.S. W. National Team / Washington Spirit

LaRuby May

May Lightfoot PLLC

Kenyan McDuffie

DC Council

Brent Minor

Team DC

Luis Moreno

Inter-American Development Bank

Chris Nassetta

Hilton

Kurt Newman

Children's National Hospital

Greg O'Dell

Events DC

Heather Podesta

Invariant

Eddie Pope

Octagon

Nicole Quiroga

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Debby Ratner Salzberg

RMS Corporations

Major Riddick

Prince George's County

Arturo Sarukhan

Sarukhan + Associates LLC

Briana Scurry

Washington Spirit / National Soccer Hall of Fame

Rudy Seikaly

MCN

Tim Shriver

Special Olympics

Ben Soto

Premium Title & Escrow

Andi Sullivan

U.S. W. National Team / Washington Spirit

Mark Weinberger

Ernst & Young LLP