World Cup Group Standings
Knock Out Stage
The 2018 World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup held in Russia, a quadrennial international soccer tournament played by the men’s national soccer teams forming part of the member associations of FIFA. The World Cup Group Schedule is planned to start on 14 June and the final for the tournament will end on 15 July 2018. Russia received the hosting rights for the FIFA World Cup on 2 December 2010. The last World Cup that was held in Europe was in 2006, and all but one stadium is situated in European Russia to keep travel time manageable during the World Cup Group Schedule.
The soccer tournament will feature 32 national teams in the World Cup Group Schedule, including 31 national teams that were determined through qualifying competitions along with the host team that automatically qualified for the World Cup. Of the 32 teams, a total of 20 teams will make back-to-back appearances after the last edition of the World Cup tournament in 2014, which includes Germany as the defending champions. Panama and Iceland will both be making their first appearances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bettors can look forward to 64 matchups that will be played in 12 different venues situated in 11 cities.
Those that are interested in betting on the FIFA World Cup will find a plethora of reputable online betting sites that will feature an arsenal of betting markets for every single game. Football betting is immensely popular across the globe, and sports betting for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is sure to break new records in the online betting industry. Bet now before time runs out!
Qualified 2018 World Cup Teams
In total, 32 teams have qualified for next year’s World Cup, and for sportsbooks and bettors, things are heating up as predictions fall into place, odds are set and adjusted, and teams get organized and ready for the action to unfold.
The African content is known for its passion towards soccer and the World Cup always generates a large volume of interest. Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria each managed to secure a spot in the 218 World Cup. As did Senegal and Tunisia.
Asia, while often not overtly competitive in the World Cup has earned its place to represent fans, and is sure to see many, especially in Australia gear up for what is sure to be two weeks of intense passion. Australia, Iran, Japan and the Korea Republic made the cut, as did Saudi Arabia.
Europe always has a strong presence at the World Cup, and 2018 is no exception with 14 countries having earned a place to represent their country and hopefully bring home the win. As expected, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France and Germany secured their positions by qualifying.
Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, and Spain also were successful, as was Sweden and Switzerland. As Russia is the hosting country for the 2018 World Cup, they automatically were awarded qualification.
North, Central America and Caribbean:
Surprising many this year is the exclusion of the United States, who failed to get the job done and earn a place in this year’s event. Canada also failed to earn a spot, but being it is not a national sport, this wasn’t too much of a surprise. Those in North, Central America and the Caribbean participating include Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico.
South America is a hot bed for soccer and passions run high, often with losing teams fearing for their safety as passions get heated and at times, out of hand. That said, many of the expected teams made the grade for next year and with Brazil expecting solid performance results, Uruguay is also expected to be a top contender. Those qualified include Argentina, Brazil and Colombia each ready to take on the challenge, but Peru and Uruguay also qualified to completed representation in South America.