2026 FIFA World Cup Program

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A program I created for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, should it be held in the USA.

Text of 2026 FIFA World Cup Program

  • PHILADELPHIA, PA JUNE 12th23rd GROUP B

  • Collect all eight FIFA World Cup Group Stage covers across the country, or order them online at FIFAWorldCup.comPROGRAMS

    COLOMBUS, OH JUNE 11th22nd GROUP A PHILADELPHIA, PA JUNE 12th23rd GROUP B LOS ANGELES, CA JUNE 12th23rd GROUP C BOSTON, MA JUNE 13th23rd GROUP D

    SEATTLE, WA JUNE 14th24th GROUP E PHOENIX, AZ JUNE 13th23rd GROUP F INDIANAPOLIS, IN JUNE 15th25th GROUP G MIAMI, FL JUNE 16th26th GROUP H

    Group AColombus, OH

    Group BPhiladelphia, PA

    Group CLos Angeles, CA

    Group DBoston, MA

    Group ESeattle, WA

    Group FPhoenix, AZ

    Group GIndianapolis, IN

    Group HMiami, FL

  • IMAGE CREDITS:Steve EvansJohn PosadzidesChothia (FLICKR)adidas ItalyJoscarfas (FLICKR)Rich ArdenRob TringaliBrian HubbardSteve Rodgers

  • HISTORY A Look

    back

  • The Fdration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup brings together the worlds best sport-ing countries every four years in a global celebration of everything the game of soccer stands for. According to their mission statement, authenticity, unity, performance, and integrity lie at the heart of each tournament that FIFA puts together in hopes of building a better future. The champion-ship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of World War II. In the tournaments between 1934 and 1978, just 16 teams competed. Most of the participating nations were from Eu-rope and South America, with a small minority from North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. These teams were usu-ally defeated easily by the European and South American teams. The tournament was expanded to 24 teams in 1982, and then to 32 in 1998, allowing more teams from Africa, Asia and North America to take part. The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of one month this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament including the host nation, which qualifies automatically. From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winner. It was originally simply known as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, but in 1946 it was renamed after the FIFA president Jules Rimet who set up the first tournament. In 1970, Brazils third victory in the tournament entitled them to keep the trophy permanently. After 1970, a new trophy, known as the FIFA World Cup Trophy, was designed. This new trophy is not awarded to the winning nation permanently. World Cup winners retain the trophy until the next tournament and are awarded a gold-plated replica rather than the solid gold original. At present, all members of the top three teams receive medals with an insignia of the World Cup Trophy; winners (gold), runner-ups (silver), and third-place (bronze). In the 2002 edition, fourth-place medals were awarded to hosts South Korea. Prior to the 1978 tournament, medals were only awarded to the eleven players on the pitch at the end of the final and the third-place match. In November 2007, FIFA announced that all members of World Cup-winning squads between 1930 and 1974 were to be retroactively awarded winners medals. The FIFA World Cup host countries and results, listed on the following pages, honor each country receiving a medal,

    Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest player of all time, celebrates Argentinas victory in the 1986 World Cup.

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    as well as the individual player who was selected as Most Valuable during the tournament. This award, known as the Golden Boot, was initially given to the player who scored the most goals in tournament play, but was altered before the 1986 World Cup to make considerations for all around play much to the liking of those players who fill supporting roles, and goaltenders. Lionel Messi became the first player to receive the Golden Boot Award twice, after breaking the great Ronaldos record of goals scored in World Cup Finals history, with 16. Brazil currently holds the record for most World Cup titles, with 5, followed closely by Italy and Germany. The host coun-try has won the tournament six times, most recently France in 1998. The United States squad is hoping to become the seventh, as they call upon a very small, but dedicated fan base to cheer them on to victory in their second time as the host country. Continue on for a recap of past World Cups, as well as the logos and artwork that came to represent them.

    Background info on the players, coaches, and events that have shaped our chances in the 2026 World Cup. HISTORY

  • 7FIFA World Cup 2026 History

    1930 Uruguay

    UruguayArgentina

    United States

    Golden Boot: Guillermo Stbile (URU)

    1934 Italy

    ItalyCzechoslovakia

    Germany

    Golden Boot: Oldrich Nejedl (CZK)

    1938 France

    ItalyHungary

    Brazil

    Golden Boot: Lenidas (BRA)

    1962 Chile

    BrazilCzechoslovakia

    Chile

    Golden Boot: Garrincha (BRA)

    1966 England

    EnglandGermanyPortugal

    Golden Boot: Eusbio (POR)

    1970 Mexico

    BrazilItaly

    Germany

    Golden Boot: Gerd Mller (GER)

  • 1950 Brazil

    UruguayBrazil

    Sweden

    Golden Boot: Ademir (BRA)

    1954 Switzerland

    GermanyHungaryAustria

    Golden Boot: Sandor Kocsis (HUN)

    1958 Sweden

    BrazilSwedenFrance

    Golden Boot: Just Fontaine (FRA)

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    1974 Germany

    GermanyNetherlands

    Poland

    Golden Boot: Grzegorz Lato (POL)

    1978 Argentina

    ArgentinaNetherlands

    Brazil

    Golden Boot: Mario Kempes (ARG)

    1982 Spain

    ItalyGermanyPoland

    Golden Boot: Paolo Rossi (ITA)

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    2010 South Africa

    SpainNetherlands

    Germany

    Golden Boot: Thomas Mller (GER)

    2014 Brazil

    PortugalBrazilSpain

    Golden Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)

    2018 Russia

    NetherlandsArgentinaEngland

    Golden Boot: Lionel Messi (ARG)

    1986 Mexico

    ArgentinaGermanyFrance

    Golden Boot: Gary Lineker (ENG)

    1990 Italy

    GermanyArgentina

    Italy

    Golden Boot: Salvatore Schillaci (ITA)

    1994 United States

    BrazilItaly

    Sweden

    Golden Boot: Oleg Salenko (RUS)

  • 1998 France

    FranceBrazil

    Croatia

    Golden Boot: Davor uker (CRO)

    2002 South Korea & Japan

    BrazilGermanyTurkey

    Golden Boot: Ronaldo (BRA)

    2006 Germany

    ItalyFrance

    Germany

    Golden Boot: Miroslav Klose (GER)

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    2022 Qatar

    ArgentinaGermanyPortugal

    Golden Boot: Lionel Messi (ARG)

  • USUALLY WHEN THIS MANY COUNTRIES GET TOGETHER, ITS FOR SOMETHING BORING. DONT MISS A SECOND.

  • RE-DEMPTION

  • It has been a long four years for the United States National Team, as their last World Cup was nothing short of an em-barrassment. The team was unceremoniously bounced from the first round of competition without registering a single point in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The American squad began the tournament with high hopes, which were quickly dashed in a 7-0 loss to Portugal, the worst American loss in 40 years of international play. Tempers flared towards the end of the game, resulting in a red card for the 18 year old phenom Steven Aguire, causing him to miss the following match. Without their star striker, the U.S. team was put down 3-1 by Sweden. The loss meant they would not advance from group stage, and put the team

    at each others throats for their final match against lowly host-nation Qatar who struggled to put a team together in the countrys first foray into international competition. In the days leading up to the matchup, youll recall much talk about the United States squad passing the blame from one member to the next, there were even rumors of Coach Juergen Klinsmann being released during the tournament, an unprecedented move. With a swirl of turmoil around the team, the United States squad found themselves distracted heading into their final match, but still, no one could have predicted the outcome. Host-nation Qatar defeated the United States, and the soc-cer world was turned on its head. Forced to play with 10 men after an early red card from hot-headed defenseman Christian

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  • Schenn, the United States squad backed themselves into a corner, and was re-quired to play much more conservatively than they had hoped to. A lack of com-munication between the United States defenders lead to several open chances for the young Qatar team, and they finally broke through in the 78th minute with the goal that shocked fans across the world. A final minute push from United States attackers was deflected by Qatar, and as stoppage-time expired the celebra-tion in the host-nation began. That final whistle also marked the end of Coach Juergen Klinsmanns handling of team USA, and sent the entire United States soccer community searching for answers. They wouldnt have to go far to find their solutions. In what could become the defining move for United States soccer for years

    to come, they turned to a familiar face to help provide answers former captain Landon Donovan. Donovan was named head coach after Qatar, and immediately went to work trying to solve the prob-lems that caused team USA to turn on itself. He began his tenure by controver-sially cutting some of the teams most experienced players due to character issues, as Donovan set out to create a more cohesive and comfortable env