Friday, 6 June 2014

World Cup Fever Is Coming!

The FIFA World Cup finals take place every four years, and the 2014 tournament starts next Thursday, 12th June. Exciting!!

This year's competition is the 20th World Cup, and it is the second time that Brazil has acted as host. As hosts, Brazil gain automatic entry into the finals, and over the last 3 years the remaining 31 places were competed for by over 200 nations in the qualifying rounds.

The first stage of the World Cup finals sees the 32 teams divided into groups of four. Each nation will play against the other three nations in their group, and the teams who finish first and second within their group will proceed to the knockout rounds. We'll deal with that another day.

The groups look like this:

So, how does a team go about winning their group? I'm glad you asked. The whole point of football, basically, is to score more goals than your opposing team. I'm sure that's quite obvious. If your team wins, you are awarded three points. If the match finishes in a draw, each team gets one point. If your team loses, you get a great big zilch. Therefore the more games you win, the more points you get, and the higher up the table you finish.

So, does it really matter how many goals your team score, as long as they win? Another great question, and the answer is yes. Yes it does. Why? Because if two teams finish with the same amount of points, their rankings will be decided by 'goal difference' - that is, the team with the biggest difference in goals scored vs. goals conceded will be placed higher.

Say you had a table that looked like this:

Although Red and Green both finished with 7 points, after 2 wins and a draw each, Red had a far better goal difference and so they finished above Green.

The World Cup kicks off on Thursday, 9pm BST, with hosts Brazil playing Croatia. England have to wait until Saturday night to begin their campaign, playing Italy at 11pm BST. If you could muster up any positive vibes to send to England I'm sure we'd all appreciate it... Here's to 32 days of World Cup fever!

Will you be watching the World Cup? Who are you cheering for?
If you have any other football or World Cup questions, just let me know!

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1 comment:

  1. Eeep - excited! Was less excited to see Italy in our group though!


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