Counties Support Bid to Host FIFA 2026 World Cup

MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally submitted written testimony supporting House Joint Resolution 7 – 2026 FIFA World Cup – Protection of Human Rights. This joint resolution declares the General Assembly’s support for Maryland’s bid to host matches during the 2026 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.

Officially supporting the fundamental requirements for United 2026 as laid out in FIFA’s “Proposal for a United Human Rights Strategy” would strengthen Maryland’s application to host. Based on data from previous tournaments, hosting World Cup matches would generate between $350-$450 million in economic activity across Maryland.

From the MACo Testimony:

The 2026 World Cup will contribute directly to the growth of local, state, and national economies. This in turn creates jobs, contributes to enhancing quality of life, and expands the local tax base – enabling counties to better provide core services for Maryland families and businesses.

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