World Cup Fast Facts

Here's a look at the World Cup football (soccer...

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 12:20 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2018 12:20 PM

Here's a look at the World Cup football (soccer) tournaments. The World Cup is organized by FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association. Men's and women's tournaments are held every four years.

June 7-July 7, 2019 - The Women's World Cup is scheduled to take place in France.

2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil

FIFA

FIFA World Cup

Football (Soccer)

Latin America

South America

Sports and recreation

Sports events

Sports organizations and teams

Fast Facts

Soccer events

North America

United States

FIFA Women's World Cup

Females (demographic group)

Population and demographics

Society

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup

Continents and regions

Demographic groups

The Americas

June 14-July 15, 2018 - The World Cup (men's) takes place in Russia. France defeats Croatia 4-2 in the championship game to win its second World Cup.

June 6-July 5, 2015 - The Women's World Cup takes place in Canada. USA defeats Japan 5-2 to become the only country to win three Women's World Cup championships.

June 12-July 13, 2014 - The World Cup (men's) takes place in Brazil. Germany wins its fourth World Cup championship by defeating Argentina in extra time, 1-0.

Other Facts:
The Golden Ball award is presented to the most outstanding player at each World Cup finals, as decided by the FIFA Technical Study.
Men's 2018 Winner: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Women's 2015 Winner: Carli Lloyd (USA)

The Golden Boot award is presented to the top goal scorer at every World Cup finals.
Men's 2018 Winner: Harry Kane (England)
Women's 2015 Winner: Célia Šašić (Germany)

The Golden Glove award is presented to the tournament's most outstanding goalkeeper.
Men's 2018 Winner: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
Women's 2015 Winner: Hope Solo (USA). Solo also claimed the Golden Glove in 2011, the first year it was awarded.

The Young Player award is presented to the player aged 21 or younger recognized as making the biggest impact at the World Cup.
Men's 2018 Winner: Kylian Mbappe (France)
Women's 2015 Winner: Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada)

Teams with the most World Cup titles:
Men's: Brazil has won five times - 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002
Women's: USA has won three times - 1991, 1999 and 2015

Football kits (uniforms) are often designed using the the country's national colors. While some countries use the colors from their flags, others use colors that have historical, political or geographical meaning.

Men's:
Thirty-two teams currently participate in the World Cup.

A phase called the "Preliminary Competition" takes place in the three years preceding each World Cup, where national teams must compete in qualifying matches in order to be eligible for 31 slots. The host nation automatically qualifies to enter.

In the group stage, the teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams each at the beginning of the tournament. After playing in round-robin matches, the top two teams in each group advance to the second round group of 16 teams, which play in successive knock-out rounds to reach the final tournament.

3.2 billion people worldwide watched the 2014 World Cup.

All-time rankings by country

2018 World Cup Statistics

Women's:
In the preliminary round, national teams compete in qualifying matches in order to be eligible for 23 slots. The host nation automatically qualifies to enter.

In the group stage, the teams are drawn into six groups of four teams each at the beginning of the tournament. After playing in round-robin matches, the top two teams in each group plus the four best third-place teams advance to the second round group of 16 teams, which play in successive knock-out rounds to reach the final tournament.

More than 750 million people worldwide watched the 2015 World Cup.

The 2015 World Cup final match was the most-watched soccer event in US television history (men's or women's) with approximately 26.7 million viewers.

All-time rankings by country

2015 World Cup Statistics

Timeline:
July 13-30, 1930 - Uruguay hosts the first World Cup (men's). Thirteen teams compete and Uruguay wins the tournament, defeating Argentina. Team USA places third.

1942 and 1946 - The men's tournament is not held because of World War II. Play resumes in 1950.

November 16-30, 1991 - China hosts the first Women's World Cup, initially known as the FIFA World Championship for Women's Football for the M&M's Cup. Team USA defeats Norway in the final match.

May 26, 2003 - Due to an outbreak of SARS, FIFA announces it will move the women's tournament from China to the United States.

December 2, 2010 - The winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals (men's) are announced. Russia is named host of the 2018 tournament, and Qatar is selected for 2022, winning out over the United States, Japan and Australia.

2013 - As Brazil preps for the 2014 World Cup, at least five workers are killed in construction accidents in 2013. Thousands of protesters clash with police during the early summer, and the unrest continues throughout the year leading up to the tournament.

January 10, 2017 - The FIFA Council agrees to expand the men's World Cup tournament, increasing the number of teams from 32 to 48. The new format will start in 2026.

June 13, 2018 - The joint bid between Canada, Mexico and the United States wins the right to host the 2026 World Cup. It will be the first time the World Cup will be shared by three host nations.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37624

Reported Deaths: 1503
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin12150785
Ramsey4805226
Stearns234519
Dakota228690
Anoka2180107
Nobles16626
Olmsted110115
Washington106940
Mower9452
Rice8357
Scott7004
Clay58538
Kandiyohi5701
Wright4565
Blue Earth4532
Todd4002
Carver3641
Lyon3092
Sherburne3075
Freeborn2900
Steele2281
Watonwan2160
Benton2143
St. Louis17715
Martin1635
Nicollet15912
Cottonwood1340
Goodhue1298
Winona12215
Crow Wing10612
Pine1030
Le Sueur981
Chisago971
Otter Tail931
McLeod880
Carlton850
Dodge840
Polk812
Chippewa781
Unassigned7637
Isanti720
Itasca6412
Waseca640
Douglas620
Meeker611
Morrison591
Murray580
Becker550
Faribault550
Jackson550
Sibley542
Pennington500
Pipestone371
Mille Lacs342
Renville322
Wabasha310
Brown302
Rock300
Yellow Medicine300
Beltrami290
Fillmore280
Houston250
Swift211
Norman200
Wilkin203
Redwood180
Cass152
Wadena150
Aitkin140
Big Stone140
Kanabec141
Koochiching141
Roseau130
Marshall120
Grant100
Lincoln100
Pope100
Mahnomen81
Clearwater70
Hubbard60
Lake60
Traverse50
Lac qui Parle40
Stevens40
Red Lake30
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30975

Reported Deaths: 720
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk6464179
Woodbury321544
Black Hawk225258
Buena Vista171111
Johnson12648
Dallas126329
Linn126282
Marshall104319
Scott77810
Story7623
Pottawattamie72111
Wapello70630
Dubuque68322
Crawford6772
Muscatine62944
Sioux4630
Tama46229
Wright3801
Louisa36013
Jasper32317
Plymouth3165
Warren2731
Dickinson2642
Washington2369
Webster2132
Hamilton1871
Cerro Gordo1561
Boone1481
Clay1330
Clarke1312
Allamakee1284
Mahaska11517
Shelby1140
Clinton1071
Poweshiek1048
Carroll961
Pocahontas941
Bremer926
Franklin890
Des Moines882
Henry863
Emmet850
Cedar821
Taylor790
Monona760
Cherokee751
Floyd722
Hardin700
Marion700
Guthrie664
Benton651
Sac630
Jefferson590
Osceola590
Jones560
Humboldt541
Butler532
Harrison530
Lee532
Hancock510
Iowa510
Buchanan501
Monroe506
Calhoun492
Delaware491
Fayette480
Madison452
Clayton433
Lyon410
Palo Alto410
Davis391
Winneshiek380
Grundy370
Mitchell370
Mills360
Howard350
Kossuth340
Lucas304
Greene290
Jackson290
Chickasaw280
Winnebago280
Union270
Ida230
Cass220
Appanoose203
Keokuk201
Page200
Van Buren200
Worth190
Audubon161
Unassigned160
Adair150
Ringgold150
Decatur110
Montgomery102
Wayne100
Adams80
Fremont70
Rochester
Few Clouds
85° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 87°
Mason City
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 89°
Albert Lea
Scattered Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 90°
Austin
Scattered Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 90°
Charles City
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 90°
Hot and sticky fourth of July weekend
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Alternative baseball hopes to come to the Med City in 2021

Image

FOURTH OF JULY IN AUSTIN AND STEWARTVILLE

Image

Seans 6pm Weather 7/4

Image

Fans excited for Honkers return

Image

Honkers fall to St. Cloud in home opener

Image

Baseball returns to the Med City

Image

Seans 10pm Weather 7/3

Image

Leaders advocate for the homeless

Image

Fireworks Show During the Pandemic

Image

Pillars of the City Unveiled

Community Events