San Diego might not have any extravagant events taking over the city’s bar filled landscape in lieu of the World Cup premiere but it might be because we’re holding out for something a little better than watching the games on the big screen – San Diego is one of just eight American cities bidding to host the 2012 or 2018 FIFA World Cup in the USA. Sure, San Diego’s beach swept landscape might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think about screaming “GOOOAAALLLL” along with your fellow futbol fans, but with great weather and a devotion for all kinds of athletics, it’s ideal for both tourists and soccer fans.
Successfully fusing some of the best soccer methods into one – from beach soccer, indoor soccer and just the plain, old soccer – San Diego clearly loves the sport. Every year in Oceanside the annual beach soccer championships are held on the shimmery white sands of North County with 270 teams participating, including 8 professional squads. San Diego is also looking forward to bringing their own professional team – the San Diego Sockers - to the forefront as this indoor soccer league has remained one of the most successful since the ’70s.
The event would be held in Qualcomm Stadium, a place familiar to San Diego sports fans for its Chargers occupancy. An internationally recognized sports staple – with a resume that lists three Super Bowl games, two Major League Baseball All-Star Games and two World Series – San Diego’s vitamin C rich environment plays its cards well.
Right now the rest of the world is counting down the start of the 2010 World Cup Games in South Africa. Until then, San Diego will keep advertising itself with its average 70 degree temp, picturesque views and mouthwatering cuisine.