The FIFA World Cup is held every four years in a different country and this year it will be held in Russia. The kick-off day is June 14, with matches that run through June and July until the final playoff game on July 15. The matches will be held in 11 different Russian cities:

  • St. Petersburg
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Kazan
  • Samara
  • Volgograd
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Saransk
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Kaliningrad
  • Sochi
  • Moscow

The World Cup is an exciting time not only for soccer fans (or football fans, depending on what country you’re from), but for those who enjoy seeing many countries come together in fierce competition and exciting play. The world cup not only benefits the country who hosts, but it creates opportunities for many businesses, from food to translation, making it as popular as the Olympics.

Qualifying Countries

The list of countries who have qualified to participate in the World Cup this year are:

  • Europe (UEFA): Russia, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark
  • Asia (AFC): Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia
  • Africa (CAF): Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco
  • North America (CONCACAF): Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
  • South America (CONMEBOL): Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Columbia, Peru
  • Oceania (OFC): None

Chile, Italy, and the United States are some of the top contenders who “faced heartbreak and failed to secure a spot in Russia,” says Sports Illustrated.

Language Lessons

Around 15,000 volunteers are set to assist with hosting and managing the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Around 15,000 volunteers are set to assist with hosting and managing the FIFA World Cup in Russia. According to the FIFA Fan Guide, these are people who received “special training for 20 functional directions.” It is recommended that volunteers “have a good command of the English language in order to pass the selection test…but those who have good knowledge of another foreign language such as German or French will be considered.” With so many players from so many backgrounds, the regulations set forth in languages state that if there are any discrepancies in the interpretations of the Regulations, “the English text shall be authoritative” (FIFA World Cup Regulations).

The Fun Facts

If you’ve never been a FIFA World Cup fan, this might be the year to get interested. We’ve put together some fun facts about the World Cup that just might pique your interest.

  • The first World Cup took place in 1930 and was hosted by Uruguay
  • Due to World War II, the World Cup did not take place between 1942 & 1946
  • Frenchman Lucien Laurent scored the first goal in the first World Cup match in 1930.
  • The youngest player ever to play in a FIFA World Cup, Norman Whiteside, was only 17 years, 41 days old.
  • The country with the most World Cup wins is Brazil.
  • The South African national team is called Bafana Bafana, which means, in Zulu, the boys, the boys.


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