A rendering of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in soccer configuration. (Courtesy Atlanta United)

The City of Atlanta could be a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer matches. The city has received a document from the United Bid Committee about moving forward as a potential host city, Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso has told 11Alive.

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced in April that they would be forming a bid for the soccer tournament, and earlier this month formed the United Bid Committee to reach out to cities and determine a host city, which will be in the United States.

Atlanta has not officially announced that it will submit a bid to be a host city, although it is likely to thanks to the popularity of the new Atlanta United FC team and the soon-to-open Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The deadline for the three countries to submit their joint bid to FIFA is in March 2018. The U.S. would host 60 of the matches, including the knockout rounds from quarterfinals to the final. Mexico and Canada will host 10 games each.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.