It's difficult not to be fairly ambivalent about the FIFA World Cup when the host nation is so problematic. However, OutSports are trying their best - compiling a ranking of the competing teams based on their track-record on LGBTQ Equality.
Competing for the World Cup are 32 teams from around the world. None of the players competing publicly identify as being part of the LGBTQ community - which is probably for the best, given that homosexuality is illegal in host-nation Qatar.
Listed below are the categorisations that OutSports has come up with, using a number of measures and indexes. Obviously, there's plenty of room for debate, but it's a starting point if you're determined to engage with the event.
Worst Group - death or prison for LGBTQ people
- Saudi Arabia
The Don't Ask Don't Tell Group - things are not great for LGBTQ people or could be a lot better
- South Korea
Top tier - things are generally pretty good for LGBTQ people
- United States
- United Kingdom - England and Wales