Qatar Awarded 2022 World Cup

Russia awarded 2018, Philadelphia was only U.S. city with over 100,000 bid city signatures

· From Nick Sakiewicz, Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner, Co-Chair, Philadelphia Bid Committee:

“Today’s verdict was certainly disappointing, but we respect FIFA’s decision and were delighted by what we saw from Philadelphia and U.S. soccer fans during the bid process. As the only city to surpass 100,000 bid city signatures, Philadelphia proved that when a World Cup does come to this country again, this region is ready to embrace the world’s largest sporting event with open arms. I’d like to thank our tremendous partners and the U.S. Bid Committee for their efforts, and I look forward to pursuing 2026 when the time comes.”

· From Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Co-Chair, Philadelphia’s World Cup Soccer Bid Committee:

“While disappointed the United States was not chosen, the City of Philadelphia accepts FIFA’s decision of the host country for the 2022 World Cup. I join all of our citizens and soccer fans in expressing our pride and thanks in Philadelphia being one of the 18 U.S. bid city finalists and being able to participate in this amazing process. The City has shown the Game truly Is In Philadelphia. There is a real commitment to soccer in Philadelphia as evidenced by the city sitting atop the U.S. Bid City Leaderboard  and being the first U.S. city to eclipse the 100,000-signature mark. A special thank you to our many partners in this process, including: the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Union, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, Philadelphia Sports Congress, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Philadelphia will continue to support USA Soccer in any way we can. There is always 2026!”

· From Larry Needle, executive director, Philadelphia Sports Congress:

“The Philadelphia Sports Congress and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau are very disappointed that the U.S. was not picked to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. We fully support FIFA’s selection, however, and look to working with them in the future to bring more international soccer events to Philadelphia. We will continue to work with our wonderful partners throughout the Philadelphia region to make the Philadelphia a premier international sports destination, and thank everyone for their tremendous support during this bid process.”

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