Things I miss about work item #327: The World Cup Sweepstake

In my current state of play, as a work at home / stay at home Mum, there are many things I miss about the days in the office. But at this current position of being a once-every-four-years World Cup Widow, there’s one bit of office banter I’m really missing.

The office World Cup Sweepstake.

I mean, it’s not that I don’t like football…well, actually, I really don’t like football, BUT if there is anything that can get me interested in a World Cup Tournament, it’s some lighthearted competition in the form of the office sweepstake.

That and David Beckham. Is he in the squad?

White Black and Green Soccer Ball on Soccer Field

This year, there is no groups poster to follow on the wall, no over the PC discussions about who’s playing who, and no incentive for me to actually fathom trying to engage with the progress of the tournament, other than when England is playing, because then I really have no excuse to groan about the footie being on. And let’s face it, as far as I understand that could mean it’s all over pretty quickly for me.

Free stock photo of people, field, flags, yellow

Looking back at World Cups gone by, they have often included work place jollies – TVs in the office, after work booze ups watching the games, morning bacon sarnies and football in the social club. But this time around, for the first time ever, it’s me and the kids, and Andys dinosaurs, not a spot of footie chit chat to be seen between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

Free stock photo of people, field, trees, playing


I kinda miss that dip and draw to pull your team from a bucket, chucking in a fiver and dreaming of the big win. Not for the actual prize value itself, but for the incentive to actually give a toss what’s going on in the biggest football event in the world. I’ll never forget the year I pulled Senegal and they actually did pretty well…2002 was as good as it got for me and my sweepstake days!

The days of using the World Cup as an excuse for a boozy party may have been replaced with an excuse to spend the evening scrolling instagram, BUT even I am hoping to see the three Lions make it to a decent stage this time around.

As long as it doesn’t clash with Love Island.


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8 thoughts on “Things I miss about work item #327: The World Cup Sweepstake

  1. mumneverknows Reply

    So very nearly there! I am afraid that it even the office sweepstake can peak any interest from me … #worldcupwidow #coolmumclub

  2. mummyswaisted Reply

    You’re so right! One year we even did a fantasy football competition too, that got me interested! #coolmumclub

  3. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    I can’t believe I have never done this not in my life. Must have been living under a rock! Sending #coolmumclub love xoxo

  4. Tina Bailey Reply

    100% agree! I have worked from home for 8 years now, so it was 2006 the last time I did a sweepstake – maybe we need a bloggers one for 2022?? #CoolMumsClub

  5. Reply

    I agree 100% – Can’t beat a good sweepstake! Thanks for hosting #CoolMumsClub

  6. Sons Over the Yardarm Reply

    Ah, the sweepstake is a joy. Though I got Saudi Arabia this year so didn’t really do me much good… Good to have a reminder of what’s nice about being in the office – sometimes, when sitting in the office, I wonder why I bother with the balance, but actually in my case, I think it’s probably best for all concerned! #coolmumclub

  7. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... Reply

    I still can’t believe Beckham isn’t in the squad any more! The preschool ran a sweepstake so managed to have a bit of footie chatter #coolmumclub

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