The Beginner’s Guide to the World Cup [INFOGRAPHIC]
Are you new to the World Cup and all the surrounding hysteria? While the World Cup is the most watched event on the planet, it’s still a fairly new to many in the States who prefer their own version of football called soccer.
So why do Americans use the term soccer when the rest of the world refers to it as football? In the early 19th century, the rules for the game were adopted in the U.K. under the phrase “association football.” Not long after, in the U.S., we started calling the game we play with pads and a pigskin by the name football; association football was eventually coined “soccer” in the States.
Another fun fact: since the first tournament in 1930, the World Cup has been played every four years with the exception of 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.
How Does the World Cup Work?
Thirty-two teams each representing a country from around the world qualify to compete in the World Cup, where the host country is always guaranteed entry. The winning team in 2014 will receive $35 million in prize money from FIFA. However the costs to host the cup are tremendous, Brazil’s expenditure for the 2014 World Cup is an estimated $14 billion. Come 2022, Qatar is expected to spend $200 billion to host the games!
Are you thinking about joining in on the festivities? Average ticket prices are $90 per group match. Also you can try out for your country’s team as long as you have at least one grandparent who was born there or if you have lived in that country for at least five years.
Learn more about the World Cup below and enjoy the games!