COLUMBIA, Mo. -

With the start of the 2014 World Cup, popularity of the sport is increasing in America.

This year, the US bought more world cup tickets than any other non-host nation.

Since the last world cup, attendance at soccer games has gone up eight percent in America and viewing, listening and attendance combines has gone up 32%.

ABC 17s Sherree Burruss spoke with soccer fans in Columbia about the growing popularity in the sport.