World Cup 2022: Whatever You Do, Do Not Project Your Age


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Want a way to feel old? Think about what your age will be in 2022, the year that the United States are favored to win the right to host the World Cup. For those not well suited to math, that would be 11.5 years added to your current age. And for most of us reading right now, those extra years put a little fear in our hearts. Particularly where the magical number "forty" is concerned. We’ll be positively ancient!

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But to view the possibility of the U.S. hosting the World Cup solely in terms of one’s own age is missing the point, to put it mildly. Almost anyone interested in this announcement already is a soccer fan. Of course, those residents will be absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the tournament. The love for the sport will almost certainly not die out over the next decade.

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What’s more important, however, is not to think about your own age, but to think of the age of the youngsters in your life. My godson turns five today, and is a soccer fanatic. According to reports from Texas, he’s tearing up the pitch. Giving him a World Cup in his own country would help keep dreams alive—dreams of children throughout the country, wondering what it is they’re playing for. Securing the bid would remind kids that there’s a choice. They don’t have to dream of playing football in college, or being major league baseball players, or growing freakishly tall and joining the NBA. They can keep using the skills they’re developing, and the United States will continue to grow in their appreciation of these skills.

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Remember: it’s not your age, but the age of your children, your nieces and nephews, your godchildren. Or even the children existing only as a glimmer in your eye.

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