Italy, Wales, Ivory Coast, United States, Netherlands and Chile: what do these nations have in common?
They all failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Yes, Italy, the Netherlands, and Chile all failed to qualify for the same World Cup.
What are us soccer fans to do in such a time of crisis?
Well, the U.S. might have created a solution by proposing a 32-team tournament for countries that didn’t qualify for the World Cup. It would make for an interesting summer, with two major international tournaments going on at the same time, rivaling each other in popularity and viewership.
However, chances are that isn’t going to happen, and the U.S. is just going to have to live with the fact that they lost to Trinidad and Tobago to fail to qualify for Russia.
Again, the question of what soccer fans are supposed to do hasn’t been answered.
Aside from the teams that were actually good enough to make it, like Iceland and Costa Rica, fans of the rest of the countries either have to cope with watching it or have to find alternatives.
What alternatives are there? Well, for starters, there is Liga MX and the MLS, which both go on during the summer. Oh, you don’t want to watch non-european soccer leagues? Ok, then there are still plenty of alternatives, but not for soccer.
What to watch instead of the 2018 World Cup
The world’s most famous tennis tournament will take place from July 2nd to July 15th next year, towards the end of the World Cup. In you’re American, jump on the Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, and John Isner bandwagons. Eventually, one of those guys is gonna win a major and let’s hope to god it’s either Querrey or Isner.
Major League Baseball
America’s pastime will be in full swing during June and July, as the first half of the season draws to a close and all star game festivities begin. Baseball isn’t for everyone, but this can be the time when the doubters become fans. It just takes some time to watch, and with baseball, time is the name of the game.
Australian Football League
Australian rules football is quite an interesting sport to watch, and what better time to watch it than during the World Cup? The 2018 Premiership season runs right through the dates of the World Cup. You’ll be able to find at least one website that streams games or some random TV station that broadcasts games. Australian football is the most popular sport in the country, so next June and July is a better time than ever to start watching.
The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship holds three Grand Prix races taking place in between June 15th and July 15th. Formula One racing is the most competitive and exciting racing in the world. Unfortunately, the Monaco Grand Prix runs in late May. For any novice Formula One fan, Monaco is the race to start with.
Tour de France
As a result of the World Cup, the 2018 Tour de France is starting a week early, but is still going on during the World Cup for about a week. Cycling is tough to watch, especially if you’re not a cycling enthusiast. The Tour de France is something that should be watched at least once by every sports fan.
Forget anything else previously said on this list, professional bowling is the premier summer sport to watch. The PBA is easily one of the most entertaining sports to watch on TV. The bowlers themselves are characters and have fiery personalities. The matches don’t take too long, and the announcers and crowds all get into the action, making it that much more intriguing to watch.