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FIFA tonight announced that Boston is one of the cities selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026. The 2026 World Cup will be the first in 32 years to be held in the United States, the last FIFA World Cup that was held in the United States happened in 1994.

According to a press release, each host city is projected to host four to six matches during the tournament. Boston, however, will also be hosting fan fests throughout the city. These fan fests will provide fans with or without tickets the opportunity to engage and enjoy a festival atmosphere with people from around the world. The press release states that the Boston Consulting Group's research has estimated that Boston is likely to get about 450,000 visitors from across the globe and have a projected net economic impact of up to $500 million.

This was the most competitive selection process in FIFA World Cup history and Boston was selected out of about 22 finalist cities across Mexico, Canada, and the United States. If you are wondering where the venue will be, it is set to be held at Gilette Stadium.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is excited that the FIFA World Cup is coming to Boston, "We are thrilled to welcome FIFA World Cup Soccer back to Massachusetts in 2026."

FIFA World Cup 2026 will be the biggest to date. There will be 80 matches across three countries featuring 48 teams from around the globe. According to the press release, the qualification process will take place starting next year (2023) and in 2025, with over 200 countries trying to qualify. The draw will take place after that, in 2025 or early 2026.  The ticket sales process and additional information will be shared after the draw.

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