The World Cup is a soccer tournament in which senior men’s national teams from various countries compete. It is one of the most popular international sporting events, with over 3.5 billion people watching the 2018 tournament.
Fans travel from all over the world to watch their favorite teams compete against some of the game’s most talented players.
Teams from six different continents compete in the World Cup: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.
When Did the World Cup Begin?
Jules Rimet, who wanted to create an international competition between men’s football teams, proposed the first World Cup in 1930. (at the time, soccer was not a part of the Summer Games). The tournament featured thirteen invited teams and was held in Uruguay, which also won the tournament.
What is the World Cup Being Held Every Four Years?
The four-year gap between World Cup tournaments allows for the completion of qualification matches. While many of us would like to see the World Cup every year, I’m sure we can all agree that it’s too big and special to be rushed!
The World Cup has been held every four years since its inaugural tournament in Uruguay in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when it was not held due to World War II.
For the first time in World Cup history, all 211 member nations entered the World Cup qualification process in 2018. With Russia automatically qualifying as the host country, the remaining 210 nations competed in 872 matches for the remaining 31 spots.
How are World Cup Host Nations Selected?
Countries interested in hosting the World Cup must first submit an application outlining why they would be the ideal location, as well as their plans for stadiums, transportation, and soccer fan accommodation. The host country must meet minimum expectations in order to qualify, and if they do, a vote is held to determine the next host.
The tournament will be held in a number of cities across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As a result, the number of teams competing in the 2026 World Cup will also increase from 32 to 48.
How and Why Did Qatar Win the World Cup bid?
A bidding process is used to determine who will host the World Cup. Qatar was one of eleven countries that expressed interest by the February 2009 deadline. Six countries later withdrew their bids, leaving five countries when the voting began: Qatar, the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. There were four rounds of voting, with one country eliminated after each round. Qatar was announced as the host country for the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010.
How is Life in Qatar?
Qatar will be an excellent host for the 2022 World Cup. Despite its small size, it contains some incredible contrasts and sights. Beautiful beaches (Qatar has 563 kilometers of coastline along the Persian Gulf), incredible city architecture, and fascinating landscapes such as stunning sand dunes, limestone rock formations, and beautiful mangroves await you.
Visitors will benefit from Qatar’s small size during the World Cup. All world cup venues will be concentrated in a small area, no more than 55 kilometers (35 miles) from Doha. This will allow fans to travel to multiple matches in different stadiums while remaining in one location (rather than traveling around from city to city, staying in multiple hotels).
While Qatar can be very hot in the summer, the weather will cool down during the World Cup in November and December, though we’ll use that term loosely because average highs are in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit.
As is typical when traveling outside of your home country, you will encounter both different customs and common practices, but with some planning and a willingness to be flexible, visitors will be easily won over by Qatar’s charm.
What Will the Stadiums and Cities of Qatar Look Like?
The stadiums for the 2022 World Cup will be among the most impressive yet. Only one of the eight confirmed stadiums (Khalifa International Stadium) is currently open, following a renovation in 2017. The remaining stadiums are either being built or are in the planning stages, and they will undoubtedly impress visitors.
Do I Require a Visa to Enter Qatar?
The majority of visitors will not need a visa to enter Qatar. Visa-free entry is currently permitted for 80 different countries, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico, for stays of up to 30 days. Entry requires a valid passport. We recommend you review the requirements before departing to ensure you have the most up-to-date entry information.
What is the World Cup Tournament Format?
A draw is used before the tournament to divide the 32 teams into eight groups of four. Each group’s four teams will play each other once, with the winner and runner-up advancing to the knockout stage, also known as the round of 16.
Winners of the knockout stage will advance to the quarterfinals, with the semi-finalists advancing to the Final or third-place match.
This will change when 48 teams are introduced in 2026, increasing the number of matches to 80 and adding an additional knockout round.
How Many Countries Compete in the World Cup?
Since 1998, each World Cup has featured 32 national teams worldwide. This will be the case in Qatar again in 2022.
More teams will be able to participate in soccer’s biggest tournament in the future. The World Cup tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026 will feature 48 teams.
What Do You Get When You Win the World Cup?
Aside from the pride and fame that comes with being a national hero, the winning team receives the World Cup Trophy. While the team gets to enjoy the much-anticipated trophy celebration after the final, they do not get to keep it. They are instead sent home with a replica.
How Did the World Cup Come To Be?
The current World Cup trophy has been presented to winning teams since 1970, though it had to be replaced after the original was stolen and never found in 1983. The trophy is made of 18-carat gold and weighs 13.5 pounds. It was made in Italy.
What Happens If the Games are Tied?
If a World Cup group stage match ends in a tie, the result is a draw, and both teams receive one point. Two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played once the tournament enters the knockout rounds. If the match is still tied after 30 minutes, the teams will go to penalty kicks (best of five). If that fails to determine a winner, the penalty kicks will be taken one at a time until the tie is broken.
How Long is the World Cup Championship Game?
The World Cup final, like the other matches in the tournament, consists of two 45-minute halves, followed by possible stoppage time. If the game is still tied after this, there will be two 15-minute overtime periods. If the game is still tied after overtime, it will be decided by penalty kicks.
How Does a World Cup Match Work?
World Cup games are divided into two 45-minute halves with a running clock. Following each half, the referee may add stoppage time to compensate for time lost due to injuries, penalties, or anything else that interferes with play. If the game is still tied after 90 minutes and stoppage time, extra time may be played as previously described.
What Is the Size of a World Cup Soccer Field?
World Cup soccer fields are not all the same, but they must adhere to a set of guidelines established by the governing body. If you imagine the playing field as a rectangle, the longer lines are known as “touch lines,” while the shorter ones are known as “goal lines.” The length of the touchlines must be the same and between 100 and 110 meters. The goal lines must also be the same length and must be between 64 and 75 meters long.
What Exactly is a “Group of Death”?
The World Cup group of death is colloquial name for a particularly competitive group because the number of strong teams in the group exceeds the number of qualifying spots available for the next stage of the tournament.
What Exactly is the Women’s World Cup?
The Women’s World Cup, like the men’s, is held every four years. The next Women’s World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023.
The format of the Women’s World Cup is similar to that of the men’s tournament. The tournament will feature 32 teams (up from 24 in 2019), with the host country guaranteed a spot. The teams are divided into eight groups of four using a draw.
Fascinating World Cup Facts
- The World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world, held every four years to determine the world champion. The World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Here are 28 fun and interesting World Cup facts to get you in the mood for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the tournament’s first appearance in the country
- Qatar will compete in its first World Cup in 2022. Since the second World Cup in 1934, this is the first time the host nation has made its World Cup debut in the same year
- The 2018 World Cup was watched by 3.5 billion people (nearly half of the world’s population)
- This represents a 9% increase over the 3.2 billion people who watched the World Cup in Brazil in 2014
- The World Cup has occurred 21 times. Brazil has the most titles, five. Italy and Germany are close behind, each with four
- The 2002 World Cup was held in two countries for the first time in soccer history: South Korea and Japan
- Roger Milla, who was 42 when he scored for Cameroon against Russia in 1994, was the World Cup’s oldest goalscorer.
- According to legend, India withdrew from the 1950 tournament because they were not permitted to play barefoot.
- The 2022 World Cup venues are all within a 55-kilometer radius of one another, making it the most compact World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1930
- Fisht Stadium in Sochi, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, was one of the venues for the 2018 World Cup
- In 1930, the first World Cup was held. Uruguay hosted the tournament and won it that year
- When the World Cup trophy was stolen just before the tournament in 1966, it went missing for seven days
- The distance between the 2018 World Cup’s easternmost host city (Ekaterinburg) and its westernmost host city (Kaliningrad) was more than 1,500 miles. That is roughly the same distance as Moscow to London, England
- The 2022 World Cup will be the northern hemisphere’s first winter World Cup. The tournament will be held in November and December to avoid the intense heat of the Qatari summer.
- The average attendance per game at the 2018 World Cup was over 47,000 people
- Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5 in the World Cup’s highest-scoring game in 1954
- With 21 draws, Italy holds the record for the most in World Cup history
- Of all the countries that have competed in the World Cup, Indonesia has played the fewest number of games, with only one in 1938
- Mexico has the most World Cup defeats (27), but they also have 16 victories and 14 draws
- While 32 teams will qualify for the tournament in 2022, the number will increase to 48 in 2026
- Oleg Salenko of Russia has the most goals scored by a single player in a World Cup match, with five
- The World Cup-winning country is expected to experience a baby boom nine months after the tournament. Hyundai even made a commercial based on this fact
- The city of Lusail, which will host the 2022 World Cup Final, is a multibillion-dollar planned city that did not exist prior to 2006
- One of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup will be built with recycled materials in a modular design, allowing it to be dismantled and repurposed after the tournament
- Qatar is the world’s smallest country to host a World Cup.
- France, the 2018 World Cup champion, trailed for only 9 minutes during the entire tournament
- Raphael Varane became the ninth player in history to win both the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year during the 2018 World Cup
- With sixteen goals, Belgium led all teams in the 2018 World Cup
FIFA World Cup Trophy
The FIFA World Cup Trophy is arguably one of the most recognizable prizes in sports. It is also arguably the most valuable piece of metal after an Olympic gold medal. The World Cup trophy has appeared in some of the most memorable photographs in international soccer history.
Almost every soccer fan remembers Maradona lifting the trophy after Argentina defeated West Germany in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
On the other hand, modern soccer fans may be unaware that the World Cup trophy hasn’t always looked the same. In the history of the FIFA World Cups, two different trophies have been used. In the future, we will most likely see a new trophy design.
The Jules Rimet Trophy
The Jules Rimet Trophy was the first trophy presented to FIFA World Cup winners. From 1930 to 1970, this trophy was presented to the winners. The old trophy was originally called ‘Victory.’ During its early years, it was the World Cup or Coupe du Monde.
Countries that have won the Jules Rimet Trophy include:
- Brazil: 1958, 1962, and 1970
- Uruguay – the 1930s and 1950s
- Italy – 1934, 1938
- 1954, West Germany
England – 1966 FIFA World Cup Cup
FIFA needed a new cup after the Jules Rimet Trophy was retired. So the governing body of soccer invited proposals and received submissions from 53 sculptors from seven different countries. FIFA eventually chose the design of Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga as their new World Cup trophy.
Bertoni Milano, a trophy and medals manufacturer based in Milan, created it in 1971. The new famous prize depicts two human figures standing on top of the earth. “The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world,” Gazzaniga writes. The figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory rise from the remarkable dynamic tensions of the sculpture’s compact body.”
- Argentina – 1978, 1986 Germany / West Germany – 1974, 1990, 2014 Argentina – 1978, 1986
- Brazil – 1994, 2002 Italy – 1982, 2006
- France in 1998, Spain in 2018
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