What’s This About? The FIFA World Cup started on Nov. 20 and is being held in Qatar. 32 teams from all over the world have gathered in the country to decide which one is the best. The World Cup is a hugely popular, televised sporting event, and it is watched by many people around the world. However, is it really important? Let’s find out!
This house believes that the FIFA World Cup is important.
“I agree…” The FIFA World Cup is an important event because it brings the world together through the mutual appreciation of sport. Apart from the Olympics, the World Cup is the most highly watched sporting event in the world. Approximately 3.57 billion people watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is almost half the world’s population! Soccer is known as the “world game,” as it is a sport that is watched by between 3.5 billion and 4 billion people worldwide. From an early age, many children around the world also play the sport in playgrounds and schools. This high amount of interest means that the World Cup, which is the highest level of the sport, is an incredibly important event. The World Cup brings people together and becomes a source of national pride for the competing nations. It also brings tourism and economic benefit to the hosting nations. On average, hosting nations see an influx of over 1 million international tourists each time a World Cup happens. This brings in a large amount of income to the country, as tourists spend money on domestic travel, accommodation, and food while enjoying the tournament. The FIFA World Cup is an important sporting event and is amazing to watch!
“I disagree…” We don’t need to watch the World Cup, as it is not an important event. Although sport can bring many people in the world together, this year’s World Cup does not interest me. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is problematic and has many controversies. Firstly, news organizations have reported the horrible conditions and mistreatment of workers during the construction of the stadiums in Qatar. British newspaper The Guardian even reported that some workers weren’t paid for their labor. FIFA has also received much criticism from the international soccer community, which claims that Qatar was awarded the World Cup in an unjust and corrupt way. This year’s World Cup is also being held during November and December, an adjustment that was made due to the hot Qatari weather. Due to this, the schedules of other soccer competitions, like the English Premier League, had to be changed. If you want to watch an important sporting event, it would be better to watch The Olympics. The Olympics is a worldwide sporting competition that involves more countries and has a wide range of different sports that one can watch and enjoy. It is much more important than the World Cup.
Judge’s Comments Both sides have brought up some interesting points. What do you think about this issue? Is the World Cup important? Do some research and let me know what you think!
Sterling Ah San Copy Editor
1. What are the two major arguments made by the pro side?
2. How many people watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
3. Why is this year's World Cup and Qatar controversial?
4. What should people watch instead of the World Cup? Why?
1. Do you agree with the arguments made by the pro side? Explain why or why not.
2. How popular is soccer in the region you live in?
3. Do you agree with the arguments made by the con side? Explain why or why not.
4. How do the Olympics compare with the World Cup?