The FIFA World Cup returns in summer of 2018! Qualifying is complete for this global event, which will take place in Russia from June 14th to July 15th. Whether you are an avid soccer fan or are just getting into the sport, the World Cup provides the perfect opportunity to see the best players from around the world in action. Here's what you need to know about this exciting tournament.
The Host Nation
Several stadiums throughout Russia will be hosting the games for the tournament. Kaliningrad, Sochi, Moscow, St. Petersburg and more will all see some of the action this year. Russia is incredibly excited about the opportunity to host this event on the global stage. The nation promises that visitors for the tournament will not be disappointed in its vast and varied dining, accommodation and entertainment options. Russia is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the tournament is enjoyable for players, visitors, and TV viewers, alike.
For the World Cup tournament, 32 teams from around the globe make the cut. The tournament starts with group play to determine which teams will move on to the Round of 16. Losing teams in this round are then eliminated, with the winners moving on to the Quarterfinals and Semifinals. The winners of the two semifinal games will play for first and second place, while the losers will battle it out for third place. Whichever team comes out on top, it is sure to be an intense battle to the final games.
Germany, the reigning champions, will be back to defend their title for another four years. England and Costa Rica are also returning, bringing along with them their loyal fan bases. This year, two first-timers, Panama and Iceland, will be making an appearance. We can bet that their home countries are incredibly excited for the opportunity to compete in the global arena while representing their heritage. Unfortunately for us Americans, the United States did not qualify for the first time in decades. There will still be plenty of exciting soccer to watch, so don't miss out because our home team won't be competing. The tournament will be lots of fun to watch, regardless.
Get Into the Game
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and even young children can get in on the action. Here at Fold-A-Goal, we have all of the equipment you need to play soccer with your friends and family. From our namesake foldable goals to soccer balls to shin guards, you'll find everything you need to have a safe, fun time playing soccer. Browse through our selection today to equip your family to enjoy this exciting sport. You never know when you might have the next Neymar on your hands!