The U.S. has never won a major international sporting event and will be missing out on the 2016 FIFA World Cup after its 2018 campaign is over.
But, according to a new poll, there’s one country that could be the next to take its place as the country with the best chance of competing at a major event in the coming years: Finland.
The poll, commissioned by the U.K.’s Independent, shows that the country has the best odds of hosting the World Cup in 2020, and that could have a major impact on the U,S.
and other potential contenders.
The U.N. General Assembly will vote on July 31 on whether to grant a seat to the U to host the 2018 tournament, and Finland has the highest voting weight of any country with a vote in the body.
In the poll, published Wednesday by the independent Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, 64 percent of respondents say Finland is the best candidate to host a major soccer event in 2023.
A majority of those polled also believe that Finland should host the World Cups in 2021 and 2022.
“The United States and Australia are both playing World Cups at the same time, so it’s clear that the U of A is the clear favourite to host in 2024,” Dagens Nyheter quoted a pollster who participated in the poll.
“But Finland has a very good chance of being the host of the 2022 and 2024 World Cups.”
The U of S. will host the 2022 tournament, but a potential 2022-2024 clash with England could also result in a change to the team’s 2019 World Cup squad.
“Finns support for a FIFA World Cups 2022-21 is rising, and the country is also growing increasingly confident that they will host their first World Cup as a nation,” the pollster noted.
“The country is clearly the most capable and most capable of hosting a World Cup, with the U and U.A. in the running to host two of the three events, and its only major competition in 2022 will be the World Football Cup.”
“A possible U. of S.-Australia clash is also in the offing,” the survey also noted.
“We expect Finland to win the vote,” the Swedish daily said, citing an opinion poll conducted by U.F.T. University, which shows a large majority of Finns would like the country to host next year’s World Cup.
The survey of 1,200 people across 10 European countries, including the U., showed that the most likely outcome of the vote is a clear majority of people in all of those countries favor hosting the 2019 World Cups.
That’s up from a whopping 62 percent in 2013, and 51 percent in 2016.
The most likely outcomes of the 2018 FIFA World Championships, which were held in South Africa, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan and South Korea, were also overwhelmingly in favor of hosting next year.