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    I think it’s the defending champions who don’t qualify automatically anymore.
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      By then it will probably be called Trump International Stadium.

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      Gotta feel sorry for the English hooligans.

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      Only if they're black - white, they should be fine
      unless they are students.
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      unless they are students.
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      I don't think hosts automatically qualify any more, although that does beg the question WTF are the millions of Quatari soccer fans going to do when the world cup is on.
      Well I'm only going on Wiki so may be bullshit (I can't be arsed to look any harder) but it says both Russia and Qatar have both qualified for the finals as hosts.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup
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      Well I'm only going on Wiki so may be bullshit (I can't be arsed to look any harder) but it says both Russia and Qatar have both qualified for the finals as hosts.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup
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      No, you're reight, as noted several posts above. And with upwards of 60 participants by then, I'm sure that Labradore can be shoe-horned in too.

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      That's not my experience of America/Canada and Americans/Canadians. Sure it's more popular than it was 20 years ago and the U.S team isn't the joke that it was but it's still their number five (four at best) sport and the place isn't going to be gripped by world cup fever like it would in Morocco or any other country that loves the game. On top of that it's spread out over three enormous countries. That's just plain ridiculous.

      I'm sure it'll be a perfectly o.k tournament and compared to the shitshow that Qatar will be it will no doubt look great but..but...Morocco would have been miles better. Granted the stadium issue isn't great but it's a missed opportunity IMO.
      That's about 20 years out of date - soccer is right up there in terms of popularity. It has always been a high participation sport, but was slow to be taken seriously, principally because of a lack of professional league. But things have changed.

      MLS is still not taken seriously in many parts of the country, but Americans love the Mexican league, the Premier league, La Liga and Bundesliga - in that order. MLS viewing figures are third behind Mexican and English football. The point is that whilst MLS struggles for relevance, the sport certainly doesn't. Soccer TV ratings collectively absolutely dwarf those of NHL and are comfortably better than the NBA.

      As for the World Cup, it is absolutely huge and has been so since at least 2006. It's why the USA took more fans to South Africa 2010 than any other country, and were in the top 3 of travelling numbers in Brazil too.
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      That's about 20 years out of date - soccer is right up there in terms of popularity. It has always been a high participation sport, but was slow to be taken seriously, principally because of a lack of professional league. But things have changed.

      MLS is still not taken seriously in many parts of the country, but Americans love the Mexican league, the Premier league, La Liga and Bundesliga - in that order. MLS viewing figures are third behind Mexican and English football. The point is that whilst MLS struggles for relevance, the sport certainly doesn't. Soccer TV ratings collectively absolutely dwarf those of NHL and are comfortably better than the NBA.

      As for the World Cup, it is absolutely huge and has been so since at least 2006. It's why the USA took more fans to South Africa 2010 than any other country, and were in the top 3 of travelling numbers in Brazil too.
      Presumably you are talking about Americans of the USA kind.

      From my experience, they love the Premier League (EPL as they call it) more than any other league. The Mexican league might have more viewers because of the time zone at which matches are played and because of availability/cost. There's also loads of Mexicans living in the USA. Of course the USA citizens I've met have mostly been in the UK, and so my sample pot is highly skewed.

      Be interested to know if there were any measures about other than viewing figures.
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      Be interested to know if there were any measures about other than viewing figures.
      Well we could point to the two MLS clubs that have higher average attendances than Chelsea (or the three others that have sold out smaller 25k stadiums for between 3 and 5 seasons running). Or the fact that 1994 remains the highest attended WC in history, or that friendlies involving the Mexican and European big boys regularly sell out their NFL stadiums. . It's all fairly anecdotal though.

      Edit: the most tangible evidence the game is mainstream is probably that SI.com and ESPN both have soccer in their main sports tabs and most (not all) of their newspapers now cover the game as they do other mainstream sports.
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