N.J. soccer fans are in suspense — are we getting the 2026 World Cup final, or not?
Social media exploded after several reports, including one in the New York Times, said Wednesday that MetLife Stadium is hosting the final. But, the stadium told NJ Advance Media that no final decision as to where the final will be held has been made.
“FIFA will make those decisions in 2020-2021. MetLife Stadium was included in the bid book as a recommended site for the final and we look forward to working with FIFA to finalize plans in the coming years,” read the statement from the stadium.
The 2026 tournament will be played in Canada, Mexico and the United States, whose joint bid was recently approved, and will feature a record 48 teams.
ESPN reported, also Wednesday, that MetLife Stadium is “expected” to host the final.
Not so fast, according to the stadium.
“FIFA will make the final selection of host cities and match locations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup from the 23 candidates proposed in the United Bid,” MetLife Stadium said.
The World Cup final, if it comes to N.J., would be the state’s biggest sporting draw since the NFL Super Bowl in 2012.
Gov. Phil Murphy is among those rooting for it to happen.
“MetLife Stadium and the Meadowlands region are an ideal site for the World Cup. New Jersey has hosted World Cup matches before and we are more than ready to do so again,” Murphy said in a statement Wednesday.