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World Cup 2014 - How It Works


2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

How The FIFA World Cup™ Works
a brief explaination

Soccer at the International level is administered by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Soccer does not have "rules", but instead has The Laws Of The Game". And while I'm referring to "Soccer" here, be aware that in the wider world outside the United States, this game is called "Football".

There are only three types of soccer matches. Qualifiers, where the the National Teams of each FIFA Member State are qualifying for the World Cup, "Friendlies", which are "training matches" where the National Teams train by playing matches against each other, and most important of all, the World Cup matches. It's a little more complicated than that, but it's the basics you need to know right now.

32 nations have qualified to be in the World Cup. They are broken up into 8 groups of 4 teams each. In the 1st Round, each team plays the other three teams in it's group twice, so every team plays at least 6 matches in the World Cup. A win is worth 3 points, a tie is worth 1 point, and a loss is worth 0 points. The points are added up, and the top two teams in each group goes on to the 2nd Round.

If there is a tie for 2nd place, then the number of goals scored are compared, and a 2nd place team is determined. It's all laid out in The Laws Of The Game.

At the end of the First Round, the teams play their matches at the same time. The last points needed to advance to the Second Round can go back & forth during those matches as teams score goals, changing the possible outcomes.

If you're looking at one of the printed schedules of the 2nd round matches, the teams are represented by a number and a letter until the top two teams of each group are determined, and the designators can be replaced. 1A refers to the 1 place team in Group A, while 2B refers to the 2nd place team in Group B. This allows the schedule to be released two years in advance of the tournament.

In case you're wondering, I'll be editing three pages for every Goal scored. The front page, of course, since the current game and games for the day before will be posted there, the Schedule Page which lists every match in the first round, and the page for the Group the countries are listed in (click on the name of the Country of interest on the other two pages to get there). I'll just have Notepad++ open with three tabs while watching the matches, change the score for each listing of the same match, Save the files, and then FTP them onto the website with Filezilla. No big deal.

How to tell the teams apart

FIFA's laws state that the Home Team shal be listed first, and Visiting Team second. The Home Team will usually wear a white jersey, or a jersey with the National Colors. If not, then the tab under the score or next tothe Team Codes will show the colors for each team.

How the USA got through to the Second Round

In Group G, the USA and Portugal wound up tied at 4 points each. The thing is, The USA was ahead on "Points Diferential", the next criterea for determining in going forward to the "Knockout Round". Both teams had scored 4 goals in their matches, but Portugal had 7 goals scored against them, and that's how the USA went ahead.

Why we support International Soccer

Robert Osband, the fellow behind PHonePHriendly.Com, was a volunteer at the Citrus Bowl, a World Cup venue during World Cup USA 1994®. Ozzie knows what the World Cup means to the rest of the world, and is happy that Soccer is one area where the USA joins the rest of the world in something.

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Ozzie@PHonePHriendly.Com was a Volunteer at World Cup 1994 USA, and has followed the US Men's National Team ever since.

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