JOHNSON COUNTY, Kansas (KCTV) – A big party is coming to KC Live! Thursday afternoon, as people watch on the big screen, FIFA announces which host cities it has chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, and Katherine Holland, KC2026 World Cup bid director, will be at the party and will make comments following the announcement.
That the city’s leadership is confident that Kansas City will be selected is a good sign. This made local amateur footballers freeze with excitement.
“Fingers crossed. Everything in me says, ‘Yes, I want this to happen,'” said Ana Tripodi, who coaches All American Indoor Sports youth football club in Lenex.
When asked what this would mean for them personally, the players in the joint match responded more practically than philosophically.
“That would mean that I would have to spend a couple of $100 on a ticket, because there is no way I would miss a ticket to this game if it was held here,” said Brett Poirier.
“I’ve been playing football all my life and this is the pinnacle, the World Cup,” said Trent Vaughn, who played for the opposing team.
Earlier in the day at the Finesse Girls’ Football Camp in Overland Park, they were already working on creating a World Cup atmosphere. The 170 girls divided into teams representing different countries, each of which shouted greetings specific to their adopted nation as they carried the flag of that country.
For them, meeting the biggest football stars would make sense beyond economic development and excitement.
“It would be very inspiring because I know that if I worked hard, I could achieve this,” said the young soccer player Sofia Camacho.
Some say it will be a well-deserved accolade for the region, noting that just this month, Kansas City successfully hosted a sold-out game at Mercy Children’s Park where the US men’s soccer team played Uruguay.
“He’s grown so much since I was a kid that I couldn’t imagine we didn’t have him,” Tripodi said of Kansas City’s chances.
“Maybe it’s just me, but I’m really sure. I am very sure. It’s time for Kansas City to get recognized,” Finesse coach Kate Gibson repeated.
In 2026, for the first time, the World Cup will be hosted by more than one country. It will be held in cities across Canada, the US and Mexico. It will include 48 teams, many more than in the past. FIFA has not specified how many host cities it will choose.
FIFA will announce this on Thursday at 16:00 Central time.
Schedule for KC Live! is:
- 15:30 – KC live! opens
- 16:00-17:00 – FIFA streaming from New York will be shown on the big screen.
- 17-17:30 – Kehoe, Lucas and Holland will share their comments.
Visitors will be required to vacate the premises at 5:30 pm to begin Hot Country Nights.
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