The World Cup is a soccer tournament in which various countries’ senior men’s national teams compete. With over 3.5 billion people watching the 2018 tournament, it is one of the most popular international sporting events.
Fans travel from all over the world to see their favorite teams compete against some of the best players in the game.
The World Cup features teams from six continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America. Let’s dive into this topic before Qatar 2022!
When did the FIFA World Cup start?
The first World Cup was proposed in 1930 by Jules Rimet, who wanted to create an international competition between men’s football teams. (At the time, soccer was not included in the Summer Games.) The tournament was held in Uruguay, which also won the tournament, and featured thirteen invited teams.
What is the World Cup, and why is it held every four years?
The four-year gap between World Cup tournaments allows for qualification matches to be completed. While many of us would like to see the World Cup every year, I’m sure we can all agree that it’s too important and special to rush!
Since its inception in Uruguay in 1930, the World Cup has been held every four years, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when it was not held due to World War II.
In 2018, all 211 member nations entered the World Cup qualification process for the first time in World Cup history. The remaining 210 nations competed in 872 matches for the remaining 31 spots, with Russia automatically qualifying as the host country.
How are World Cup host countries chosen?
Countries interested in hosting the World Cup must first submit an application outlining why they would be the best location, as well as their stadium, transportation, and soccer fan accommodation plans. In order to qualify, the host country must meet certain criteria, and if they do, a vote is held to determine the next host.
The tournament will take place in cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As a result, the number of competing teams in the 2026 World Cup will rise from 32 to 48.
What Caused Qatar to Win the World Cup Bid?
The bidding process is used to determine who will host the World Cup. By the February 2009 deadline, eleven countries had expressed interest. Six countries later withdrew their bids, leaving five countries to vote when the polls opened: Qatar, the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. There were four voting rounds, with one country eliminated after each. On December 2, 2010, Qatar was named the host country for the 2022 World Cup.
What is Life Like in Qatar?
Qatar will be an excellent World Cup host in 2022. Despite its small size, it has some amazing contrasts and sights. Beautiful beaches (Qatar has 563 kilometers of Persian Gulf coastline), incredible city architecture, and fascinating landscapes such as stunning sand dunes, limestone rock formations, and beautiful mangroves await you.
During the World Cup, visitors will benefit from Qatar’s small size. All world cup venues will be concentrated in a small area 55 kilometers (35 miles) from Doha. This will enable fans to attend multiple matches in different stadiums while remaining in the same location.
While summers in Qatar can be extremely hot, 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.
Visitors will be easily won over by Qatar’s charm if they plan ahead of time and are willing to be flexible, as is typical when traveling outside your home country.
What Will Qatar’s Stadiums and Cities Look Like?
The stadiums for the 2022 World Cup will be among the most spectacular ever built. Following a renovation in 2017, only one of the eight confirmed stadiums (Khalifa International Stadium) is currently open. The remaining stadiums are either under construction or in the planning stages, and they will no doubt impress visitors.
Is a Visa Required for Entry into Qatar?
Most visitors will not require a visa to enter Qatar. For stays of up to 30 days, visa-free entry is currently permitted for 80 different countries, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A valid passport is required for entry. We recommend that you review the entry requirements before leaving to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.
What is the format of the World Cup Tournament?
Before the tournament, a draw is used to divide the 32 teams into eight groups of four. The four teams in each group will face off once, with the winner and runner-up advancing to the knockout stage, also known as the round of 16.
The knockout stage winners will advance to the quarterfinals, while the semi-finalists will advance to the Final or third-place match.
This will change in 2026 when 48 teams are introduced, bringing the total number of matches to 80 and adding an additional knockout round.
How Many Nations Participate in the World Cup?
Since 1998, each World Cup has featured 32 national teams from around the world. This will happen again in Qatar in 2022.
In the future, more teams will be able to compete in soccer’s biggest tournament. The 2026 World Cup will feature 48 United States, Mexico, and Canada teams.
What Happens When You Win the World Cup?
Aside from the honor of being a national hero, the winning team receives the World Cup Trophy. The team does not get to keep the trophy after the final, but they do get to enjoy the much-anticipated trophy celebration. Instead, they are sent home with a replica.
How Did the World Cup Begin?
Since 1970, the current World Cup trophy has been presented to winning teams, though it had to be replaced after the original was stolen and never found in 1983. The trophy weighs 13.5 pounds and is made of 18-carat gold. It was created in Italy.
What Happens If the Games End in a Tie?
If a World Cup group stage match ends in a tie, the game is declared a draw, with both teams receiving one point. Once the tournament enters the knockout rounds, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played. If the score is still tied after 30 minutes, the game will be decided by penalty kicks. If that fails to produce a winner, penalty kicks will be taken one by one until the tie is broken.
How long does the World Cup Final last?
The World Cup final, like the other matches in the tournament, is divided into two 45-minute halves, with possible stoppage time in between. If the game remains tied after this, two 15-minute overtime periods will be played. If the score remains tied after overtime, penalty kicks will decide the game.
What Happens During a World Cup Match?
Games in the World Cup are divided into two 45-minute halves with a running clock. The referee may add stoppage time after each half 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, as previously described, may be played.
How Large Is a World Cup Soccer Field?
Soccer fields at the World Cup are not all the same, but they must follow a set of guidelines established by the governing body. The longer lines on the playing field are known as “touch lines,” while the shorter ones are known as “goal lines.” The touchlines must be the same length and between 100 and 110 meters. The goal lines must also be the same length, ranging from 64 to 75 meters.
What Exactly Is a “Death Group”?
The term “World Cup group of death” refers to a particularly competitive group in which the number of strong teams exceeds the number of qualifying spots available for the next tournament stage.
What is the Women’s World Cup, exactly?
The Women’s World Cup, like the Men’s World Cup, takes place every four years. From July 20 to August 20, 2023, Australia and New Zealand will host the next Women’s World Cup.
The Women’s World Cup follows the same format as the men’s tournament. The tournament will feature 32 teams (up from 24 in 2019), with the host country, assured of a place. A draw is used to divide the teams into eight groups of four.
Interesting World Cup Facts
The World Cup, held every four years to determine the world champion, is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. From November 21 to December 18, 2022, Qatar will host the World Cup. Here are fascinating World Cup facts to get you excited for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
- The World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be the tournament’s first visit to the country
- In 2022, Qatar will host its first World Cup. This is the first time the host nation has made its World Cup debut in the same year since the second World Cup in 1934
- The 2018 World Cup drew 3.5 billion viewers (nearly half of the world’s population)
- This is a 9% increase over the 3.2 billion people who watched the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
- The World Cup has taken place 21 times. Brazil has won the most titles, with five. Italy and Germany are close behind with four each
- For the first time in soccer history, the 2002 World Cup was held in two countries: Japan and South Korea
- Roger Milla, 42, was the World Cup’s oldest goalscorer when he scored for Cameroon against Russia in 1994
- According to legend, India withdrew from the 1950 tournament because the barefoot play was not permitted
- The venues for the 2022 World Cup are all within a 55-kilometer radius of one another, making it the most compact World Cup since the first tournament in 1930
- Fisht Stadium in Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies, was one of the venues for the 2018 World Cup
- The first World Cup was held in 1930. Uruguay hosted and won the tournament that year
- The World Cup trophy was stolen just before the 1966 tournament and went missing for seven days
- The distance between the easternmost host city (Ekaterinburg) and the westernmost host city (Kaliningrad) for the 2018 World Cup was more than 1,500 miles. That is roughly the distance between Moscow and London, England
- The 2022 World Cup will be the first winter World Cup in the northern hemisphere. The tournament will be held in November and December to avoid the intense heat of Qatar’s summer
- At the 2018 World Cup, the average attendance per game was over 47,000 people
- In 1954, Austria defeated Switzerland 7-5 in the World Cup’s highest-scoring game
- Italy holds the record for the most World Cup draws with 21.
- Indonesia has played the fewest number of World Cup games of any country, with only one in 1938
- Mexico has the most World Cup defeats (27), but also the most victories (16) and draws (14)
- In 2022, 32 teams will qualify for the tournament; in 2026, the number will rise to 48
- Russia’s Oleg Salenko has the most goals scored by a single player in a World Cup match, with five
- Nine months after the World Cup, the country that won it is expected to experience a baby boom. Hyundai even made a commercial about it
- Lusail, the city hosting the 2022 World Cup Final, is a multibillion-dollar planned city that did not exist before 2006
- One of the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup will be constructed from recycled materials in a modular design, allowing it to be dismantled and repurposed after the tournament
- Qatar is the smallest country in the world to host a World Cup.
- France, the World Cup champion in 2018, trailed for only 9 minutes during the tournament
- During the 2018 World Cup, Raphael Varane became the ninth player in history to win both the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year
- Belgium led all teams in the 2018 World Cup with sixteen goals
FIFA World Cup Cup
The FIFA World Cup Trophy is arguably one of the sports’ most recognizable awards. After an Olympic gold medal, it is arguably the most valuable piece of metal. Some of the most memorable photographs in international soccer history feature the World Cup trophy.
Almost every soccer fan remembers Maradona lifting the World Cup trophy after Argentina defeated West Germany in Mexico in 1986.
On the other hand, modern soccer fans may be unaware that the World Cup trophy hasn’t always looked the same. Two different trophies have been used in the history of the FIFA World Cups. We will almost certainly see a new trophy design in the future.
The Jules Rimet Award
The Jules Rimet Trophy was the first trophy given to the winners of the FIFA World Cup. This trophy was presented to the winners from 1930 to 1970. Originally, the trophy was called ‘Victory.’ This trophy was originally known as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde.
The following countries have won the Jules Rimet Trophy:
- Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970)
- Uruguay, the 1930s and 1950s
- Italy – 1934, 1938, 1954, Germany, West
- 1966, England FIFA World Cup Trophy
After the Jules Rimet Trophy was retired, FIFA needed a new cup. As a result, the soccer governing body invited proposals and received submissions from 53 sculptors from seven different countries. FIFA eventually decided on Silvio Gazzaniga’s design for their new World Cup trophy.
Bertoni Milano, a Milan-based trophy and medals manufacturer, designed it in 1971. The new famous prize features two human figures standing atop the earth. “The lines rise in spirals from the base, stretching out to receive the world,” Gazzaniga writes. The figures of two athletes at the thrilling moment of victory rise from the sculpture’s remarkable dynamic tensions.”
- Argentina (in 1978 and 1986) West Germany / Germany – 1974, 1990, 2014 Argentina (in 1978 and 1986)
- Brazil (in 1994 and 2002) Italy – 1982, 2006
- 1998 in France, 2018 in Spain
These are some facts that every football fan should be aware of. Please contact us if you believe we have overlooked anything.