The most prestigious tournament in football, the FIFA world cup will be played this year between 14th June and 15th July at Russia. This is the first time that the game is being played in Russia. This is the also the first time it is being held in an Eastern European country. All the venues for the finals are in European Russia. This will help in easier travel between the venues.
Highlights Of FIFA 2018
In the FIFA world cup 2018 finals, a total of 32 teams will be playing. Russia being the host is automatically selected for the finals. The current defending champions Germany is also automatically selected to the finals.
There are 20 teams playing in this season who have played in the last finals of FIFA world cup. Two countries Iceland and Panama will be appearing in the FIFA finals for the first time.
There will be some surprise absentees in this edition of the game. Most notable among those who have not qualified is Italy who is four-time champions. Italy has never missed the FIFA world cup finals since 1958. The Netherlands which is a three-time runner-up will also be missing the action in this edition. Others who won’t be kicking the ball in FIFA world cup 2018 are Chile, Cameroon, New Zealand, the USA, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The Group Stage
The FIFA world cup 2018 is played on a round robin basis. The top two teams from each group will advance to the round of 16 teams.
Ties do occur when they are qualifying to the next round. The tied teams are then matched for the number of points obtained in all group matches, goal differences in all matches and the number of goals scored in all matches.
If the teams are still found to be on the same level the points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams, the goal difference between them and the number of goals scored by them are considered. Further the fair play points are considered and finally, if the teams are still on the same level, a lot is drawn by the FIFA Organizing Committee.
This is the how the teams move forward in the FIFA world cup 2018.
The teams will play a total of 64 matches in the FIFA world cup 2018. These matches will be played at 12 venues which have already been declared by Russia.
Let us wish all the teams the best in this tournament.