Exclusive: Barnet FC Bid to Host World Cup 2026


North London team Barnet FC have today stunned the world by putting forward a proposal to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

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The League 2 side have joined Canada, Mexico and Columbia in declaring their interest to host the prestigious tournament and in an exclusive press release to blametheblogger have declared the full details for “Bees ’26”.

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Barnet’s chairman, Tony Kleanthous, has said:

We believe that the FIFA World Cup should be hosted in North London, and particularly The Hive, because of the superb facilities on offer. We will be submitting the following details for FIFA but expect confirmation of us as host nation in the coming weeks.

Stadiums:

  • The Hive – Capacity 5,176, to host the opening game and the Final.
  • 3G Pitch A – Capacity 20
  • 3G Pitch B – Capacity 17
  • Indoor Gymnasium – Capacity 3, through glass viewing screen
  • Training Pitch 1 – Capacity 5 + 6 pigeons
  • Training Pitch 2 – Capacity 14 + 2 cats
  • Junior Pitch – Capacity 7 small children or 2 adults, only people under 5’6″ permitted
  • 7-a-side Pitch – Capacity 12, all squads must play a starting 7 instead of 11

The quality stadiums have received backing from Barnet players, with captain Andy Yiadom praising the state-of-the-art facilities;

It’s incredible what these modern stadiums can do. The atmosphere is absolutely incredible when you play in a top arena like The Hive or Training Pitch 1! It is a great achievement for a club like Barnet to become host nation and we all hope that it happens.

Training Facilities

 The surrounding area has plenty of pitches for players to train on, but it is the responsibility of the national FA in question to remove any dog foul from the facilities before use. If boots are worn inside the clubhouses the player in question will incur a £50 fine.

Climate

Travelling nations are warned that temperatures in South-East England may reach a massive 16 degrees celsius so suncream and air conditioned accomodation are recommended.

Media Facilities

There is free Wi-Fi at the ‘Busy Bee Cafe’, a short walk from The Hive, and this will be available to all reporters except Robbie Savage throughout the tournament. The computer room at the nearby Camrose Nursery School is also available to journalists, but be warned, if you mess around in there you might have to sit on the naughty step…

Accomodation

The Premier Inn is just a 17 minute walk away! Or, for something more fancy, you could trek for half an hour to the Kingsland Hotel – but please note at both hotels there is a strict ‘no Germany kits’ policy.

Travel

Canons Park and Burnt Oak tube stations are just a short while away, but why take the Jubilee Line to Wembley if you can experience the incredible facilities in The Hive complex! Also, the 288 and 79 buses stop near the stadia, to provide transport links to exotic locations like Morrison’s in Queensbury and Sainsbury’s in Alperton.

Food and Drink 

There are pies, beer and new Family Size Maltesers on offer at the zero Michelin star Hive Cafe in the Main Stand.

Budget

The projected cost for hosting the tournament is £163.57 including VAT. There is also a £30 budget for gifts to FIFA members, as long as they promise that Barnet will host the next 3 World Cups.

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Next Steps

In the next month or so Barnet will hear back from FIFA on whether they will get the go-ahead to be the hosts of “Bees ’26”.

FAQ

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2 thoughts on “Exclusive: Barnet FC Bid to Host World Cup 2026

  1. How on earth are they going to use the HIVE for a world cup? On good days the stadium is almost full. The facilities are great,hence why international teams train there before playing at Wembley. However, they won’t get far in the bid anyway.

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