Make a difference through participation

In most countries, it's known as football. But sports fans in North America know it as something else.

The game is soccer, and it's the most popular sport in the world.

And on June 11, it takes center stage as South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Thousands of fans will pour into the African country. Millions more, from every corner of the Earth, will tune in to media coverage. The World Cup is the most widely viewed sports event in the world.

Thirty-two qualifying teams are playing in venues around South Africa. Organizers expect three million international visitors will make the trip to check out some soccer -- it's the first time an African nation has hosted the Cup.

The official slogan, Ke Nako. Celebrate Africa's Humanity, points to the excitement. Ke Nako means "it's time," and South Africa's workers are saying they're ready.

Officials predict that the event will create over 159,000 jobs. And most of those jobs don't require a deadly drop kick -- they're happening behind the scenes. Workers are supporting the athletes on the field, helping the fans in the stands have a good experience, and reporting the games in the media.

You don't have to be an athlete to get involved in a world class sports event. To see how many people create a competition like the World Cup, read about some of the careers that help put it together.