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Country with most tickets distributed to 2014 World Cup beyond the hosts: our United States

Feb 24, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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Here’s your best response to the next ninny that tells you soccer isn’t popular in the United States:

The country with the most tickets distributed to the 2014 World Cup, other than the hosts: the United States. That’s according to this New York Times story.

According to figures provided by FIFA, 125,465 tickets were distributed to the United States.

Brazil was allocated 906,433 tickets. From there, Colombia, Germany and Argentina were next in numbers of tickets allocated.

Something does get frequently omitted from this conversation: While it may be natural to assume that this number represents fans from our country lining up to watch Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team, that’s not necessarily the case.

Plenty of the tickets purchased for distribution into the United States represent fans of Mexico, England or other countries participating in the 32-team tournament.

  1. Greg - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    How many are for American based corporate sponsors? And how many of those will actually get used?

    • Steve Davis - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      I believe these figures are for seats allocated through the worldwide ticketing applications process. Sponsor tickets are handled independently, a whole other matter.

  2. jucam1 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    The US numbers are just tickets sourced here, not half of those are for USMT fans, your article is ignoring the number of expats that live in the US and are buying tix to go see their countries team! I’m sure there are a good amount of ZuSMT fans going, but to suggest they that the US is bringing the largest contingent of fans of any country to Brzil is just wrong abd nuts.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      If you’re gonna sound off in the comments section, you should probably read the whole article, not just the headline. It appears you at least missed the last two sentences.

    • Steve Davis - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Your recommended three-part plan: Read what I wrote (and I mean really read it, not just pretend read it as you did before); feel rather silly; offer humble mea culpa.

      • Steve Davis - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        I hope it’s obvious that wasn’t directed at MLSconvert …

  3. dfstell - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    There’s so many different ways to look at this and it probably says a lot about a person in how they interpret it. I take it to mean that there are a lot of soccer fans in the United States. I don’t necessarily see it as support of the USMNT, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. All those expats in the US watch soccer and like soccer and that is consistent with the generally rising tide we see for soccer ratings in the US. Sure….it doesn’t translate to MLS ratings, but I actually see that as a good thing. MLS will have to put a better product on the field if they want to be a TV league. The fans are there for MLS….they just have to match the product to what the fans demand.

  4. ws0001 - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    The list makes sense. It is a long and expensive trip for anyone outside of South America (and even then Bogota to Rio is a 6-hour flight), so it should not be surprising that it is the people who live and work in populous and relatively wealthy nations are the ones who have purchased the tickets. The US (314 million people), Mexico (121 million), Germany (80 million), France (66 million), England (53 million), and Australia (23 million) are huge nations. I would assume if the list expands, Russia (144 million), Japan (128 million), Italy (61 million), South Korea (50 million), and Spain (47 million) would be next in line. Conversely, Switzerland is a rich country, but their are only 8 million people. We then play the game of figuring out what percentage of the population with the leisure funds to take a costly vacation would want to incorporate the World Cup and Brazil into it, and their tickets fall in where they do. The US was top for tickets in South Africa as well. For that WC, England was second behind the United States in ticket purchases followed by Australia, Mexico, Germany and Brazil.

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