Monday, July 4, 2011

All About The World Cup Soccer Tournament

Soccer is one of the largest, most watched sports in the world. It is a sport that has no boundaries, cultural or international, and as such, the World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world. It only happens once every four years, and that only helps boost it's popularity. To grasp how large it is, in 2006, FIFA estimates over seven hundred million people watched the final match of this tournament. To put it into perspective, that's twice the population of the USA.

The World Cup is one of the few sporting events that is played globally. As so many teams are from so many different countries, this makes the location of the event very important. FIFA tries to alternate the hosts between countries in Europe and the Americas. Historically, it has been held in many participating countries, from Brazil, to Italy, to the United States, to Germany, as well as many other countries. It has been scheduled in Brazil in 2014, in Russia in 2018, and in Qatar in 2022.

The World Cup has a diverse and interesting history. The foundations were being laid in the early 1900s, with FIFA being founded in 1904. FIFA's initial desire was to arrange a tournament for countries outside of the official Summer Olympics, but did not have true success in breaking away from the Summer Olympics for a few decades. In 1928, FIFA decided to stage a world championship under its own name, with no Olympic attachments, and after much planning, the first ever world cup was held in Uruguay. After the first FIFA World Cup tournament, soccer during the Summer Olympics dropped in popularity and people started to focus more on FIFA's tournament. The World Cup ran smoothly until World War II, when the games were put on hold due to the short and long term effects of the war. They resumed in 1950, after a twelve year hiatus and have been happening every four years without incident since.

As far as how the tournament works, it is a pretty straightforward process. The world is divided into six regions: North and Central America, Africa, Asia, South America, Oceania, and Europe. There are regional qualifying tournaments in each of these areas and a predetermined number of winners from each region are sent to the actual World Cup, where there are thirty two teams. The teams then go through two stages, the group stage, followed by the knockout stage. From there, one team is determined the overall winner.

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