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Madison still catches World Cup fever, despite not being in tournament

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MADISON (WKOW)  -- The U.S. may not have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in football (soccer) competition, but one CNN survey says more than 30% of Americans plan to watch the matches this summer anyway. That number kicks up a little bit high for men, reportedly at 36% compared to women  at 25%.

This year's  2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st tournament and is being staged in Russia right now. It started June 14th and the final match is on July 15th.   

The final tournament involves 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team.  

Madison College hosted a World Cup Family Fun Day at the campus soccer facilities on Sunday. Kids could play on the field and enjoy a players lounge, where they played video games and lawn games. 

The school's head soccer coach says even when the U.S. doesn't make it, it's still an exciting time. 

"Every four years it's something you look forward to the most. It's a time when more people in the world are doing one thing then any other point and it's a great way to bring people together from all walks of life, all different countries and really enjoy the sport we love," said Cory Sims. 

In a decision made last week, three North American countries were chosen as the hosts for the games in 2026: the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It will be the first time Canada will host men's World Cup matches while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since 1986.

ABC News reports North America is promising to deliver $14 billion in revenue and the tournament won't require major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums because they already exist.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York — home of the NFL's Giants and Jets — is proposed for the final match. ABC News reports, ironically, the location is a short distance from where federal prosecutors led and on-going investigation in FIFA corruption in which more than 40 of the organization's officials and businesses were indicted, convicted or plead guilty in 2015.

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