Baltimore officials on Wednesday are slated to approve an agreement to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer games here if North America is selected as the host continent.
The city’s Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, is expected to approve an agreement between the Federation Internationale De Football Association, United States Soccer Federation Inc. and the city to host the games.
Russia is the host of the 2018 World Cup. Qatar is the 2022 host.
FIFA is deciding between Morocco and a joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 event. The three countries have submitted a list of 32 cities that could host games if the joint bid wins.
Fourty-eight countries qualify teams for the World Cup.
FIFA will decide in 2020 whether cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico will host the international event. The joint bid by the three North American countries is competing against Morocco as the two official bids to host the event.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup is an international event where 48 national teams will compete in soccer tournaments against one another at venues selected by FIFA and the Member Association.
The World Cup last came to North America in 1994.
When Baltimore was selected as a possible finalist to host games last year, Maryland officials hailed the decision.