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Decline in requests for World Cup tickets from the USA

FIFA officials inspect Saint Petersburg Stadium

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA JANUARY 30, 2018: Lamps enhancing grass growth on the pitch of Saint Petersburg Stadium, a venue for 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. Peter Kovalev/TASS (Photo by Peter KovalevTASS via Getty Images)

Peter Kovalev

Nearly five million tickets were requested for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But less than 2 percent of them came from the U.S.

After the USA led the world in World Cup ticket purchases from abroad at the 2014 World Cup, just 87,052 tickets out of 4.95 million came from the U.S., good for ninth overall in tickets purchased for the 2018 World Cup by country. In 2014, fans from the U.S. purchased nearly 200,000 tickets.

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The U.S. Men’s National Team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup likely plays a role in this, as that will affect the World Cup financially both in terms of tickets and less viewership on television this summer.

As usual, the host country led the way with 2,503,957 tickets requested, followed by Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Peru, Colombia, the USA and the Netherlands.