Arguably the most played a sport on the planet right now is soccer. A lot of people have been addicted to soccer and it is being played by anyone on almost every place in this planet. One good thing about soccer is that it is a team sport where a lot of people can play and it is not that expensive to play. All you need is a soccer ball and you can right away work on improving your skills to become a good soccer player.
A lot of people have found solace in sports and soccer is a sport that has helped many kids have a better life. Playing sports teaches a person a lot of things that will be useful in life and soccer is no different. Many people aspire to be the best at what they do and hopefully leave a mark in this world and one way for soccer players to do that is to succeed in the World Cup.
The World Cup can be considered as the biggest prize in soccer because all the countries in the world are competing against each other to win the cup. Winning the cup means that your country has the best soccer players in the world and this can bring so much pride to a country.
Almost all the countries in the world that have soccer players send delegates to try and win the cup. There is an elimination round to eliminate the extra teams that do not make it to the top 32 teams who qualify. Only 32 teams will make it to the next round and play the World Cup Finals which is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. The games are played in the host nation’s field which is similar to the Olympics where one place will host the event.
The format of the World Cup Finals is a very interesting one because there is the knockout stage and the group stage. The group stage is the part where the 32 teams are grouped into 8 groups of 4 and they play a round-robin, which means that they will all go against every single team in their group. The two highest-scoring teams can then move on to the knockout stage.
The point system is designed to give the winning team 3 points, a draw with 1 point for both teams and nil for the losing team. After teams are eliminated, the 16 teams that are left will move on to the knockout part of the tournament.
The knockout tournament is only one game where the losing team goes home. There is extra time and shootouts for this to be sure that there will be no draw. Every game, there will be a winner and there will be a team that will have to try their luck next time. It goes on this way until only one team stands at the top unbeaten and becomes the winner of the World Cup.