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FIFA lists Westfield for possible 2026 World Cup training camp

FIFA names Grand Park as possible World Cup training sites

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Possible soccer team training camps for the 2026 World Cup include sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Cincinnati; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; San Antonio and Westfield, Indiana.

The possible Westfield site would be Grand Park Sports Campus. The possible paired hotel would be the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel.

Indianapolis will be a part of the original bid to host games for the 2026 World Cup at Lucas Oil Stadium.

A news release from the Indy Eleven said the team shave worked closely with FIFA to lead the process, and to get a Team Base Camp site established and worthy of selection in Indiana.

Teams will select their training camp locations following the Final Draw for the event in late 2025, which reveals geographic zones for group matches, Indy Eleven reports.

Indy Eleven’s release says, “The established relationship between Grand Park Sports Campus and Indiana’s Team includes the location serving as Indy Eleven’s Official Training Center, as well as gameday home for Indy Eleven’s National Champion USL W League team. The relationship between the city and Indy Eleven has grown into Grand Park Sports & Entertainment, a transformative, long-term collaboration with multiple partners including the City of Westfield, Keystone Group, Indy Eleven and Bullpen Ventures.”

The Westfield facility announced in May that it was selected as the top soccer and lacrosse facility in the United States in the SportsEvents Media Group social media contest.

FIFA announced more details of the tournament Wednesday, one day after the two-year mark before the kickoff on June 11, 2026, at Mexico City, The first World Cup to be played in three nations and the first with a field expanded to 48 nations will have 78 of 104 games in the United States and 13 each in Mexico and Canada.

The final will be July 19 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, FIFA announced on Feb. 4. All games from the quarterfinals on will be in the U.S.

Proposed training sites in the areas of U.S. game venues are in Atlanta; Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City and Riverside, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas; Philadelphia; and St. Louis. There also are possible training camps in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, but none were listed in Canada.

FIFA said additional possible training camps will be added.

In addition, FIFA listed specific site matchups for games in the new round of 32, round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals, revealing the pathway through the knockout rounds for the host nations.

If the U.S. wins Group D, it would play its first knockout match at Santa Clara, California, on July 1. The winner of that game plays at Seattle on July 6, could be in a quarterfinal at Inglewood, California, on July 10 and a semifinal at Arlington, Texas, on July 14.

If the U.S. finishes second in its group, it would next play at Arlington on July 3. The winner of that game plays at Atlanta on July 7, could be in a quarterfinal at Kansas City on July 11 and a semifinal at Atlanta on July 15.

News 8 contributed to this report.


“We are thrilled that the City of Westfield has been chosen by FIFA as one of its initial Team Base Camp locations. As part of the Grand Park Sports & Entertainment partnership, we strive to offer an exceptional experience at the Grand Park Sports Campus for soccer players of all ages. With our Indy Eleven Academy, Pro Academy, W League and professional First Team taking advantage of the exceptional facilities, we are excited to have the opportunity to show a broader audience what Indy Eleven, in partnership with the City of Westfield, has to offer the World’s Game on the biggest stage.”

Greg Stremlaw, president and chief executive officer of Indy Eleven

“Westfield and Grand Park are excited about this opportunity to potentially host FIFA World Cup members and provide a world-class training facility for FIFA teams. Today’s announcement further validates Grand Park’s world-renowned reputation as one of the most visited sports venues in the country, hosting Indy Eleven, NFL training camps or youth sports tournaments. It is clear our community is being noticed and recognized around the world, which is a huge economic driver for the city. What an exciting time to be a Westfield resident.”

Westfield Mayor Scott Willis, a Republican