Category: Soccer

FIFA Delegation Tours MetLife Stadium and Other Venues in Advance of 2026 FIFA World Cup Site Selection

Joint Bid with New Jersey and New York Among 17 U.S. cities being considered

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted officials from FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, who concluded their visit today after touring MetLife Stadium and other area venues as they continue the site selection process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The delegation was led by FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf President Victor Montagliani and Colin Smith, FIFA Chief Tournaments and Events Officer, and included FIFA experts across multiple fields, including venue management, stadium and city infrastructure, team facilities, commercial, bidding, and legal. Representatives from the U.S. Soccer Federation, along with representatives from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation, also joined the delegation.

New Jersey and New York City presented a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the goal of once again bringing one of the greatest sporting events in the world to East Rutherford.

“This is an immensely exciting opportunity to showcase our great state to an international audience,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The FIFA World Cup is among the premier sporting events in the world and MetLife Stadium is among the country’s best, so we’re excited for the chance to bring the two together.”

“New York City and New Jersey have all the assets we need to host an unforgettable World Cup: world-class, accessible facilities, a truly global population of fans, and the best tourist destinations on the globe,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.  “I’m proud to welcome FIFA to the region and I look forward to many more productive conversations in the coming months,”

In addition to touring MetLife Stadium, members of the delegation visited several potential FIFA Fan Fest sites around the region, including Liberty State Park and New York City’s Central Park. Six additional sites would be used as training facilities, including Rutgers University, the Pingry School, Kean University, Red Bull Arena and Training Facility, and the New York City Football Club Training Facility.

The NY/NJ Host City Bid Committee also launched a campaign entitled “Welcome, World” highlighting the region’s passion for the sport and desire to be an official 2026 FIFA World Cup Host City.  The welcome video can be found here.

“This morning we received a great presentation from the Governor, the Deputy Mayor and the whole range of officials who are involved in the candidate city bid,” said Colin Smith, Chief Tournaments and Events Officer for FIFA. “It was a very well structured, very professional presentation and we received a lot of good information. This region is used to hosting major event and to see the collaboration between all parties is obviously very important to us.”

“We are excited to be here. We have been very well received by the Governor, the Mayor, and the whole team,” said FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf President Victor Montagliani. “Their passion for their game, and their passion to bring the World Cup to New York and New Jersey comes through very clearly. We’ll continue to work with them and we’re shooting for having a decision in the first quarter of next year.” 

“New Jersey’s more than 30 years of experience hosting one-of-a-kind events, including seven games for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a papal mass by Pope John Paul II, the Super Bowl, and two WrestleManias, are proof that the New Jersey Meadowlands is well-prepared to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026,” said New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority President and CEO, Vincent Prieto.

“As the ultimate sports capital and the world’s most welcoming destination, New York City is well-positioned to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup at MetLife Stadium, a premier venue in the greater New York area,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon. “We are grateful to the FIFA delegation for considering New York City and New Jersey as a future destination for this renowned event.”

“New Jersey has the experience, commitment, and state-of-the-art facilities needed to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Our state has a rich history with soccer,” said ChooseNJ CEO, Jose Lozano. “Over the years, MetLife Stadium has successfully hosted record-setting international soccer matches thanks to our strategic location, unparalleled transportation access, and world-class amenities. New Jersey and New York are ready and excited to host this extraordinary event.”

“The New Jersey Meadowlands has played host to the world’s largest and most prestigious events,” said Jim Kirkos, President and CEO of the Meadowlands Chamber. “We are all thankful to FIFA for considering us and we are anxious to provide a “NJ Warm Welcome” to the many fans from around the world who will come to the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We know how to do BIG…and experience matters.”

The U.S last hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994, and Giants Stadium played host to seven games, including a quarterfinal and semifinal match.

“MetLife Stadium would be honored to host matches in 2026. Our world-class stadium is the perfect showcase for the greatest players and the biggest global sporting event taking place in New Jersey,” said MetLife Stadium President and CEO Ron VanDeVeen

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. is the home of the NFL New York Giants and New York Jets.  The stadium has a capacity exceeding 82,000, making it one of the largest venues currently under consideration by FIFA. 

Other U.S. cities in the running to host matches are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In addition to the U.S. cities, Canada is featuring Edmonton and Toronto as host cities and in Mexico, they are featuring Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first ever jointly hosted by three nations. The final decision is due early next year.



UPDATE: Gofundme To Help Allentown High Students Involved In Serious Accident Yesterday Is Now Closed, Refunds Will Be Issued

At this time the families have asked to keep the matter private.

September 21, 2021–Update

From Gofundme organizer Charlie Pallitto, We would like to thank everyone for their generous support to the families involved in Monday’s accident. At this time the families have asked to keep the matter private. We would like to refund all donations and apologize for any inconvenience. You should expect a refund from GoFundMe within 7 days. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.

ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A Gofundme has been set up for Celso Eurich, Mathew Eurich, Jordan Duffy and Charlie Duffy who were involved in a serious motor vehicle accident yesterday morning in East Windsor. All were seriously injured and remain in the hospital at the time of this posting. According to Allentown High School Principal Connie Embley in a letter sent out to parents earlier today, “At this time, the boys are still dealing with serious injuries and we all remain hopeful for the recovery process to begin soon.”

The Gofundme organized by, Charlie Pallitto of Millstone reads:

On Monday, September 20, 2021, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Celso Eurich, Mathew Eurich, Jordan Duffy & Charlie Duffy were found in a serious automobile accident. There is not much we can do in a tragic situation like this other than send our prayers to the families, and keep them in our thoughts. All of the donations will be equally split between both of the family’s caught in this terrible accident. Any donations would be extremely appreciated. these are great families and we are trying to do the most we can to help them, Thank you.



Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Duffy’s and Eurich’s they appreciate your concern and prayers.  At this time, the boys are still dealing with serious injuries and we all remain hopeful for the recovery process to begin soon.  While the boys are in ICU, they cannot receive any visitors or any flowers, food or items.  While the thoughts are very much appreciated, please do not  allow your children to go to the hospital or send anything.    There will be time to shower them with things as they recover.  Luckily, there are no head injuries with any of the boys.

Please continue to pray, that is the most important thing at this time.  As soon as we know what we can do to help the families, I will let you know.

This is such a great community and your support is very much appreciated.  I will keep you updated.


Connie Embley


German American Kickers Return To Play And Announce Summer Camp In August

June 30, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)—Youth sports have been slowly returning to the fields of New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis the past few months. The German American Kickers of Mercer County has started practice and plans to resume playing games in the next few weeks and hosting a camp at the end of August.

The German American Kickers has entered a partnership with Schaechter Sports, a youth soccer development organization based in Germany. The organization brings in a high level of youth development, coach education, cultural and player opportunities in Germany as well as bringing a European style youth summer camp to the central NJ region.

The main goal of the partnership is for the GAK to continue to provide high level soccer experience and leverage additional opportunities for players in central New Jersey. Under the partnership, GAK will receive consultation services, coach training, age appropriate curriculum, and opportunities to travel to Germany to participate in competitive tournaments and training sessions with first division professional Bundesliga clubs. The exclusive partnership allows both organizations to work closely with each other while maintaining their own identity. The initial term of the partnership will be for three years with the option and intention to grow the partnership and continuously renew thereafter.

The relationship between German American Kickers and Schaechter Sports started last year and led to a highly successful summer camp. The camp was coached by two highly qualified UEFA licensed coaches, Marcus Becker and David Mueller, who traveled to New Jersey from Germany for two weeks to coach the camp and manage the staff. Marcus Becker is a former professional player, a UEFA “A” licensed coach and former Real Madrid youth academy coach. David Mueller is the location manager for Schaechter’s US presence. He is also a UEFA “B” licensed coach and talent identification recruiter and was responsible for identifying Weston McKennie of the US National Team. The camp will be offered again this year at German American Kickers in late August.

The German American Kickers Sports Chairman, Paul Bette, explains that, “We are excited about working closer with Schaechter Sports because the partnership is consistent with German American Kickers’s mission to provide a positive and very competitive soccer experience at an affordable price. This unique program differentiates us from other clubs throughout the entire state and will be a draw for our club.”

For more information about the German American Kickers click here

For more information about Schaechter Sports of Germany click here