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What is the World Cup?
The World Cup is an international soccer tournament played among 32 mens’ teams and, as of 2023, 32 women’s teams that is often seen as the highest level of competition in the sport.
The trophy given to the winner of the championship match is called the World Cup.
Because of soccer’s worldwide popularity and the number of teams represented in the tournament, the World Cup is one of the most watched and followed sporting events in the world.
In the first round of play (the group stage), competing teams are placed into groups, in which the teams play against each other until every team in a group has played each other once. The two teams from each group with the most wins will then play in the knockout stage, which includes quarter-finals, semifinals, a third-place match, and the finals. The semifinals produce four ranked teams, with the third and fourth place teams competing in the third-place match and the first and second place teams competing in the finals.
When is World Cup?
The World Cup usually takes place over a month, beginning in June and ending in July, every four years. Since 1991, the Women’s World Cup has taken place every four years, always in the year following the last Men’s World Cup. The most recent Men’s World Cup was played in Qatar in 2022. The 2023 Women’s Word Cup will be take place from July 20-August 20 in Australia and New Zealand.
More information and context on the World Cup
The World Cup began in 1930 when the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) gathered the best teams that were tracked by its organization to compete in a global championship. Except for during World War II, the World Cup has been held every four years since 1930. The event moves location every four years and has never been held in the same country twice.
The Women’s World Cup, also created by FIFA, follows the same formula as the Men’s World Cup. The Women’s World Cup also travels from country to country, but was hosted twice in the United States—in 1999 and 2003.
Teams can qualify for the World Cup, with various regions’ countries competing against each other to qualify. Regions that don’t have definite numbers of qualifiers compete against each other for the final spots to equal 31 teams. The nation that is hosting the World Cup automatically qualifies for the competition, filling out the competition to 32 teams.
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Following the team from one’s country in the World Cup is a worldwide cultural trend.
Congrats to all the teams!! What an exciting World Cup!!! 🏆⚽️🏆⚽️🏆
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) July 13, 2014
Today we are World Cup champions, and forever we are World Cup champions!
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 6, 2015
England's Under-20s have won the World Cup. What a brilliant week it's been for the youth of our nation. Congratulations. 👏👏👏
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) June 11, 2017
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Earlier in the week, Sosa had replaced 2019 World Cup starter Vanina Correa, who did not travel because of coronavirus issues.Rose Lavelle lifts U.S. women’s national team past Canada at SheBelieves Cup|Steven Goff|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
The club turned to Briana Scurry, a World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer.Trinity Rodman has a new life in a new city. A former USWNT star will help her find her way.|Steven Goff|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
Midfielder Rose Lavelle, a World Cup star recovering from injury, entered in the 64th minute.U.S. women’s national team displays young and old in 4-0 rout of Colombia|Steven Goff|January 19, 2021|Washington Post
The course is the last stage of the Tour de Ski, an annual series of eight World Cup races in ten days, one of the most difficult events in the sport.Jessie Diggins Wins the Tour de France of Skiing|Ariella Gintzler|January 13, 2021|Outside Online
On Monday this week’s Alpine skiing World Cup event in Switzerland was canceled because of the worsening conditions in the region.A year from Beijing Olympics, coronavirus wreaks havoc with winter sports schedules|Rick Maese|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Anthony Goldstein probably chose a trip to the Quidditch World Cup over his Birthright trip to Israel.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His ups and downs professionally outside of the World Cup are a vital a part of his story in the book.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity|William O’Connor|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The successful World Cup bids of both Russia and Qatar have come under relentless scrutiny that has ultimately changed little.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?|Jack Holmes|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The time is ripe—and right—for action to begin that would divest Russia of the World Cup and award it to another nation.Putin’s World Cup Picasso ‘Bribe’|Tunku Varadarajan|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a World Cup warm-up game, the players held up a banner saying the islands were Argentinean.The Never-Ending Falklands War: In Buenos Aires, A Museum's Selective History|Michael Luongo|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST