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World Cup Teams That Should Not Exist

Why England and Others Should Not Have a World Cup Team

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A young South African fan joins in the fun at the Waterfront on June 16, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.

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Updated December 03, 2010
There are twenty-nine national member teams of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the global governing body for football (a.k.a. soccer) that should not be FIFA members and should not be able to compete in the World Cup because they are not independent countries. These twenty-nine entities do not meet the requirements to be an independent country.

The most prominent of these non-countries that is participating in the 2006 World Cup is England. England was the only qualifying team among the four teams allocated to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland proper (not including the plethora of territorial teams from that country), it could be perhaps considered as representing the entire UK in the World Cup in 2006.

It is not appropriate for the UK to have four teams; it could be argued that thus, the United States deserves fifty teams - one for each state or Canada deserves thirteen teams - one for each province and territory. Since that is not the case, then the United Kingdom should have one FIFA team and thus England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales should merge to form one United Kingdom team.

Here is the listing of the non-countries that belong to FIFA but should not have teams because they are not countries (along with the reason)...

American Samoa - a territory of the United States of America
Anguilla - a territory of the United Kingdom
Aruba - a territory of the Netherlands
Bermuda - a territory of the United Kingdom
British Virgin Islands - a territory of the United Kingdom
Cayman Islands - a territory of the United Kingdom
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) - not a country; see my article Is Taiwan a Country?
Cook Islands - a territory of New Zealand
England -part of the United Kingdom; see my article England is Not a Country
Faroe Islands - a territory of Denmark
French Guiana - part of France
Guadeloupe - a territory of France
Guam - a territory of the United States of America
Hong Kong - part of China
Macau - part of China
Martinique - a territory of France
Montserrat - a territory of the United Kingdom
Netherlands Antilles - a territory of the Netherlands
New Caledonia - a territory of France
Northern Ireland - part of the United Kingdom
Palestine - not a country; see my article Palestine is Not a Coutnry.
Puerto Rico - a territory of the United States; see my article Puerto Rico is Not a Country.
Saint-Martin - a territory of France
Scotland - part of the United Kingdom; see my article Scotland is Not a Country
Sint Maarten - a territory of the Netherlands
Tahiti - a territory of France
Turks and Caicos Islands - a territory of the United Kingdom
U.S. Virgin Islands - a territory of the United States
Wales - part of the United Kingdom

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