Ind. Sports Corp: Indy not a possibility for hosting 2022 World Cup

United States players jog into a practice field during a training session at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The U.S. will play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – City leaders say headlines about the possibility of Indianapolis hosting the World Cup in 2022 have been blown out of proportion.

The story comes as play in this year’s World Cup begins in Brazil.

24-Hour News 8 asked John Dedman, with Indiana Sports Corp, about an ESPN article that said the 2022 World Cup may get pulled from Qatar. The article said that Indianapolis was one of 18 US cities tapped to be prepared for a possible hosting gig.

Dedman told us that US Soccer denied that report to the New York Times on Thursday night.

He did acknowledge that Indianapolis was one of the cities included in the United States bid, but went on to say that they have not heard anything about the location changing from Qatar since it was awarded the future World Cup back in 2010.

Dedman called the reports “hypotheticals” and said the status of the 2022 World Cup has not changed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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