- The World Cup is held every 4 years and different countries host it.
- 2014 Brazil
- It is a month long event.
- There can be ties in the first round since it is based on a point system
- There is a mathematical equation that is used to determine who is the winner of the first round the amount of points that is given in ties, wins, and losses.
- 3 points for a win
- 1 point for a tie
- 0 for a loss
- You cannot have a tie the rest of the game.
- If a tie occurs somewhere besides the first round then they first go to overtime.
- About 30 minutes all together.
- If it's still tied after overtime then it goes to penalty.
- In penalties each team gets five free kicks and who ever gets the best out of that wins the game.
- If they are still tied after that then each team shots one penalty until somebody wins.
- The first round has 32 teams.
- The second has 16 teams.
- The quarterfinals has 8 teams.
- The semifinals have 4 teams.
- The finals have 2 teams.
- Where it gets tricky in the manner in which teams are paired up in the second round. Once you understand that the teams are linked up with a lesser team then the rest is clear. What I mean is that the 32 teams were divided into 8 groups of 4 each.
- Each of the 8 groups has a first and second place winner.
- The first place winner plays the second place winner of another group and vice versa.
- For example: Group A #1 plays Group B #2 and Group A #2 plays Group B #
One thing that I would like to mention is that in the rest of the world "soccer" is known as futbol and it really is a huge thing unlike here in the U.S. If you want to join the campaign to bring the world cup to the U.S. please sign the petition here.
I hope I simplified futbol enough for you to enjoy watching a game with someone you know that loves the game. I really appreciate the hubby for teaching me about the game. On a small side note my mommy is now a futbol convert after my hubby took the time to tell her how it works and no way in a million years would I have imagined this to be possible.
Do you have anything to add to this list?