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Dallas could host a 2026 World Cup semifinal, according to official bid sent to FIFA

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Cowboys Stadium is set to be the site.

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Bid books for the 2026 World Cup were released by FIFA today from the North American and Moroccan contenders. (Both documents are quite large — North America’s is 530 pages; Morocco’s is 384.)

Dallas is one of the 23 cities on the list in the book submitted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. According to the bid book, the best game our area could receive is a semifinal game hosted at AT&T Stadium.

Dallas could also be the site of a couple other important centers for the World Cup: the national referees’s center (at Ross Stewart Soccer complex), FIFA’s headquarters for the tournament (at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas), or the international broadcast center (at Fair Park).

Obviously a lot of this could go out the window if Morocco’s bid ends up winning but the chances of hosting a semifinal is very appearing (even if it is being played at AT&T Stadium).

Here is what the bid book said about Dallas:

Timeline: The vote will be held June 13 in Moscow, just before this summer’s World Cup kicks off. FIFA will cut down the list of 23 cities down to 16.

Stadium: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX; listed capacity 92,967

Proposed training venues: Toyota Stadium, SMU, Moneygram Park

Proposed base camps for teams: Toyota Stadium, Cotton Bowl

Proposed hotels: Hilton DFW Lakes, Westin Galleria, Hilton Lincoln Centre, The Highland Dallas, The Ritz Carlton, and the Omni Hotel (Downtown), Live! by Lowes

Proposed fan fest sites: Klyde Warren Park, Fair Park

Other important notes about the bid include:

World Cup qualifying draw (July 2023): Miami Beach or Washington (at either city’s convention center)

Tournament draw (December 2025): San Francisco (at the Chase Center) or Los Angeles (at L.A. Live’s Microsoft Theater)

World Cup team workshop (event planning, February 2026): Nashville or Baltimore (at meeting centers and/or hotels in both cities)

2026 FIFA Congress (first half of the year): Mexico City or Los Angeles (at either city’s convention center)

Matches per stadium overall: No venue would host more than seven.

Games in Canada and Mexico: Each nation would get seven group stage games, two Round of 32 games and one Round of 16 game.

World Cup final site: East Rutherford, N.J.