The stage has been set. The World Cup teams are officially in place for Qatar in 2022 and you can check out the FIFA World Cup odds to stay updated. The 2022 World Cup will take place between November and December of this year and will feature some of the top players in the world! The 2022 World Cup will take place in the middle of the season during other competitions so it’ll be an interesting watch, to say the least. The World Cup is the most anticipated competition for this year because it provides an opportunity to top players to prove themselves on the biggest stage.
There has been speculation that this World Cup will be the last for players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but we will see. There is plenty of talent to follow but it will be interesting to see this year’s competition. The notable teams that are missing the European champions are Italy and Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Scotland, and Norway. The notable players that are missing the World Cup include new Manchester City man Erling Haaland and Liverpool superstar, Mohamed Salah.
Although all eyes will be on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, football or soccer fans are already looking forward to the World Cup, especially those in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The United States, Mexico, and Canada fans will have the opportunity to host the World Cup in the year 2026.
Announcement of Host Cities
There will be 11 venues in the US including MetLife Stadium (New Jersey), SoFi Stadium (Los Angeles), AT&T Stadium (Dallas), Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco), Hard Rock Stadium (Miami) Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta), Lumen Field (Seattle), NRG Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field (Houston), Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City) and Gillette Stadium (Boston).
The notable cities that missed out on being a host city for the World Cup in 2026 include Chicago, NYC (although NJ targets the NYC area), Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Nashville, Denver, and many more. The host cities are already looking forward to hosting the global event and are already looking forward to the economic impact it will bring to the individual city. There will be 3 host cities in Mexico and 2 in Canada.
Another benefit for the United States, Mexico, and Canada is that all of the host cities will get automatic qualification just as Qatar did for this year’s World Cup.
The Economic Impact
The economic impact of the World Cup is massive for any country that has the privilege of hosting it. It is one of the biggest sporting events in all sports and it is certainly the biggest event in the football world. The implication that a World Cup in the United States could bring is near $5 billion in short-term economic activity.
The World Cup brings fans from all over the world and increases tourism for local businesses. Another massive opportunity for the World Cup is the TV rights as fans from all around the world will be tuning in to watch the top teams and top players go head to head.
The Growth of Soccer (Football) in the US
The growth of soccer has been immense over the last few years and the buzz around the World Cup may help influence the future growth of this sport in the United States. It will be great for young football fans to see the top players from each international side come to the World Cup. In addition, fans may be able to display their passion for their home country or affiliation to a certain country as the World Cup will cover over 50+ games in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
One of the major reasons that there has been a growth of the game in the United States is that American players are starting to be featured in the top European leagues. The growth of viewership has also increased due to the marketing of the Premier League and other leagues, as well as the European competitions like the Champions League. The World Cup will help accelerate this growth and potentially bring new fans to the sport. It will bring a new level of passion and excitement to the host cities.