Delaware Youth Soccer Association has partnered with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association to bring the men’s World Cup to Philadelphia in 2026. FIFA has not chosen the venues yet, but Philadelphia continues to be a strong contender. On June 29, the Philadelphia Soccer 2026 Pitch was opened at the Independence Visitors Center. Over the next 4 months, fans are invited to visit the “Pitch” and partake in the free soccer challenges and interactives. Fans are encouraged to share memories, jerseys, photos, etc. at the venue.
DYSA’s ambassador for the event is Mason Kohl. He is a player with the Concord Soccer Association 2008 Boys Red team. Mason began his day meeting the Ambassador Coordinator and received an Ambassador Box which included a PHL 2026 scarf, headbands, pins, note book and a bag. Every Ambassador proudly wore their scarves throughout the event.
Mason met Sebastian LeToux and had a kick around with him and the other Ambassadors. Sebastian chatted with Mason for a bit discussing his upbringing and soccer career. To quote Mason, “This was definitely an incredible experience and one he will not soon forget. All Ambassadors were announced to the crowd and some ambassadors were interviewed by the local media. Mason was interviewed by KYW Newsradio!
The ambassadors got to meet Mayor Kenney and World Cup Bid Committee Chair David Cohen. Both gave speeches while mascots Phang, Phanatic, Gritty, Franklin, Mario, and Swoop rallied the crowd. Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts presented each ambassador with their official medal and welcomed them all to the bid team.
The ambassadors were asked to bring something from their soccer experience that was meaningful to them. Following the ceremony, each ambassador took a turn placing their items on the net at the back of the Pitch, alongside notes of support for Philly to become a host city. Mason brought a Concord Soccer scarf and one of his beloved goalkeeper jerseys. Mason said it was an amazing experience to meet the other ambassadors from all over the region and be a supporter for the World Cup to come to Philadelphia. He is looking forward to the future ambassador events!
We encourage all to visit the Independence Visitors Center located at 599 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.