With just 10 days to go until the 2014 @FIFAWorldCup in Brazil, the countdown has begun, and the conversation is already heating up. Once the competition begins, the only real-time #WorldCup global viewing party will be on Twitter, where you can track all 64 matches, experience every goal and love every second, both on and off the pitch.
This how-to-follow guide offers soccer (or football or fútbol) fans everything needed to get closer to the #WorldCup action as it unfolds on Twitter.
Follow your country on Twitter
U.S. soccer fans can follow their squad through the official team account (@ussoccer). Here, you will find match coverage, behind-the-scenes video and photos from Brazil, and access to players throughout the #WorldCup. After Sunday’s Send-Off Series victory over Turkey, @ussoccer thanked their fans:
A full list of @ussoccer players on Twitter, including goalie @TimHowardGK, can be found here.
Below are the most-followed members of the final 23-man U.S. squad:
#USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) is also on Twitter.
News of coach Klinsmann’s provisional U.S. squad announcement was shared first on Twitter:
The @ussoccer final roster was also announced on Twitter last week:
Official hashtags and accounts
The official hashtags for the 2014 World Cup are #WorldCup and #Brazil2014. Be sure to follow FIFA through: @FifaWorldCup and @Fifacom.
U.S. soccer fans can dive into the conversation using the following hashtags: #USMNT, #OneNationOneTeam, #1N1T and #GoUSA. Once the group stage begins, also follow @ussoccer games with these hashtags: #USAvGHA, #USAvPOR and #USAvGER.
The broadcast partners in the U.S. are ESPN (follow @ESPN and @ESPNFC) and Univision (follow @Univision and @UnivisionSports).
You’ll also want to follow other media outlets, writers and broadcasters that will elevate the conversation on Twitter, such as @FOXSoccer, @NBCSportsSoccer, @MLS, @KickTV, @AlexiLalas, @TaylorTwellman and @GrantWahl. @SInow media reporter @richarddeitsch put together this Twitter list of must-follow accounts for the #WorldCup.
World Cup teams
Thirty of the 32 nations competing in this year’s World Cup have official accounts on Twitter. You can follow all of the teams here. This graphic shows the most followed teams on Twitter:
World Cup players
Over 300 players making the trip to Brazil, across all 32 nations, are on Twitter. You can follow each of their individual journeys throughout the tournament here. This graphic shows the most followed players on Twitter in the 2014 World Cup:
The final squads are now chosen, but you must wait until the opening group match to see who starts for your team. If Twitter users were picking a lineup, the 11 players below would be a good place to start. This Twitter XI squad below is made up of the players who were mentioned the most (by position) on Twitter over the past three months, forming a team that would surely be the envy of any manager in Brazil:
Follow the #WorldCup on Twitter for real-time updates on and off the pitch.