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The United States returns to the World Cup after a four-year absence. That could mean more local TVs tuned in at home and more time spent watching football games in Northwest Arkansas restaurants.

The United States will play England at 1pm today in their second Group B match of the World Cup in Qatar. The United States drew 1-1 with Wales on Monday.

According to a Fox Sports PR tweet, the match attracted 8.3 million viewers. The United States failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup held in Russia.

The 2018 World Cup was watched by a record 3.57 billion viewers. According to the Federation Internationale de Football Association, better known as FIFA, the final between France and Croatia was watched live by a total of 1.12 billion viewers worldwide.

Tim Farrell, owner of Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill in Fayetteville, said the business was full ahead of the USA-Wales game and expected the same today.

“You can tell compared to four years ago,” Farrell said of the attendance when the United States was not at the World Cup. “2014 was amazing. That was crazy. When the United States plays, the audience is doubled.”

Farrell said he expected a “huge” day today. There’s a game between the United States and England and then a different kind of football – Arkansas Missouri at 2:30 p.m.

Brian Deluna, associate manager of Springdale’s Buffalo Wild Wings, said he has people calling at 10 a.m. Tuesday to see if the Mexico-Poland Group C game is available. The business doesn’t open until 11am, but 15 tables were full of people who had come to watch the world cup at lunchtime, he said.

The World Cup features 32 teams divided into eight groups, from A to H. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage of the round of 16, starting on December 3.

Brazil has the most World Cup titles (five), but has not won the trophy since 2002. Germany and Italy are in second place with four titles.

Miguel Turcios of Jason’s Sports in Springdale said he is a fan of Brazil. The team’s yellow and green jersey is one of the world’s most iconic soccer jerseys. But he said most people who come into the store ask for Mexican T-shirts.

Bentonville West girls’ soccer coach Kerry Castillo has set up a 45-minute flexible period for the World Cup, which begins on Monday. He said teachers could have one extracurricular lesson a week. Students can gather to talk about the world cup.

“There are a lot of kids here who are buzzing about it,” he said of the World Cup.

Castillo is a fan of Spain. Spain beat Costa Rica 7-0 in their first Group E match on Wednesday. Japan and Germany are also in the group.

Castillo will also be watching the USA-England game. The Three Lions defeated Iran 6-2 in the first game.

“In my opinion, it’s a game told,” he said. – Will we leave the group? I do not know. They need to score a point in the next two matches.

England will be a step up from what the United States faced in Wales. England is ranked 5th in the world according to FIFA.

“They bend,” said Castillo. “You scored six goals in your first match, you are tense. It was a statement game. They’re one of the hottest teams around.”

England have one World Cup trophy, a 4-2 home win over West Germany in 1966.

Mike Devaney, Head Boys Soccer Coach at Bentonville High School for 18 years, grew up in England between Liverpool and Manchester.

He said the USA’s return to the World Cup is huge after the disappointment of not playing four years ago.

“The casual fan won’t be watching if the US isn’t in it,” he said. “People were excited before they played on Monday.”

As for tonight’s USA-England game, he said a draw would be a big success for the USA as they look to progress out of the group.

“They can’t go down early and chase the game,” he said.

Football is the most popular sport offered by the Bentonville Parks Department. Over 2,400 children. There is a 32-team adult league with another 480 players. By comparison, there are 1,200 kids in baseball and 350 girls in softball in the city leagues, said Josh Stacey, park maintenance manager.

“I’m sure there will be a group of kids who will go out to play football inspired by the World Cup,” he said.

picture Football fans cheer on Monday November 21, 2022 as the United States team scores against Wales during the World Cup in Qatar. Over a hundred fans gathered at the Smoke and Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville to watch the game. Team USA drew Wales 1-1 and plays England on Friday at 1pm. Visit nwaonline.com/221122Daily/ for today’s photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/JT Wampler)

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