Will Maryland Follow FIFA World Cup More Closely Than Most States?

Will Maryland Follow FIFA World Cup More Closely Than Most States?
By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

If there’s ever a moment when soccer gets the attention of American sports fans, it is the FIFA World Cup. And the 2022 edition starts this month in Qatar.

How much will the best Maryland sportsbooks benefit and how much will the state’s sports fans pay attention to the 2022 FIFA World Cup compared to folks in other states?

The United States — which has qualified for the international event in 2022 after missing the last World Cup — is playing in Group B and has its first game Nov. 21 against Wales. The other teams in Group B are England and Iran.

The opening match of World Cup 2022 is Nov. 20 with host Qatar playing Ecuador in Group A. Given the launch of operators on the 23rd, you can get ready to use your Caesars Maryland promo code to bet on the World Cup!

Will Online Maryland Sports Betting Launch in Time?

Online Maryland sports betting apps are set to launch soon but it is not known whether they will be running before the World Cup starts. They might be taking action as the tournament goes on, though — the final is set for Dec. 18.

In the United States, discussion of fan interest in soccer in general — and even for the sport’s marquee event, which rivets the attention of the rest of world — has always been an interesting debate.

BetMaryland.com used Google Trends to look at the highest search volume of the term “World Cup” in the United States over a 30-day span. After gathering data on Nov. 2, 2022, it was determined which are the Top 10 states with the most interest in the upcoming global tournament.

Where Maryland Ranks in World Cup Interest

Among the top 10 states registering interest in the World Cup, Maryland was ranked tied for No. 5 along with Connecticut, New York and Virginia.

At the top of the list was California, apparently showing the greatest interest, followed by New Jersey at No. 2. Tied for third were Massachusetts and Texas.

Following the four-way tie for fifth, Florida was No. 9 and Utah No. 10.

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2022 FIFA World Cup, States With Most Interest

RankStateInterest*
1. California 89
2. New Jersey 76
T-3. Massachusetts 64
T-3. Texas 64
T-5. Connecticut 62
T-5. New York 62
T-5. Maryland 62
T-5. Virginia 62
9. Florida 61
10. Utah 58

*Interest Level vs. other topics; this number is scaled out of 100


Possible Maryland Connections on U.S. Team

Maryland fans will have extra incentive to follow the action if former University of Maryland goalkeeper Zach Steffen is minding the net for the United States.

Steffen, who played his youth soccer and high school soccer mostly in Chester County, Pennsylvania, started his college career with the Terrapins in 2013. He played for Maryland again in 2014, starting 22 games and giving up just 19 goals. He then began a professional career that has taken him through Major League Soccer, the Bundesliga, Premier League and EFL Championship. He currently plays for Middlesbrough in the EFL Championship, the second-level league in England, on loan from Manchester City.

While Steffen has been viewed as a likely starting keeper for the U.S. National Team in the past, other netminders are vying for playing time, including Matt Turner and Ethan Horvath.

The only other USMNT player with greater-Maryland area connections is striker Jordan Pefok. But while Pefok was born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in France.

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A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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