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How The World Cup Works

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Soccer is a massively popular game across the globe, and The World Cup is a huge sporting event that draws the heart and attention of millions of fans. While we may appreciate football or baseball more here in America, there is no denying that The World Cup, which only happens every four years, offers an incredible display of talent and athleticism. Outside of the Olympics, it’s hard to pick a tournament that brings together such worldwide talent. At Long Wongs AZ Famous Wings, a sports bar in Phoenix, we are huge fans of this level of competition, and we’ll be showing all the World Cup action on our big screens! In case you’re unfamiliar with scoring and how teams advance, we’ll give you a quick tutorial.

How The Draw Works

The World Cup is made up of eight groups containing four teams in each group. The four teams in each group play each other once, for a total of three games in group play. These four teams play in a round-robin fashion, with no overtime allowed in their games.

Group Play Scoring

Every game can result in one of three ways, a Win, a Tie or a Loss. In the World Cup scoring process, the winning team is awarded 3 points. A tie, or draw, offers 1 point to each team. And a loss results in 0 points. With three games, that means the maximum score a particular team can get in group play is 9 points. The two teams in each group with the most points continue on to the 16-team elimination stage.

Final Elimination Stage

In the elimination stage, also known as the knockout stage, the final 16 teams are placed into a bracket where the winner moves on and the loser goes home. Each game consists of 90 minutes, with additional overtime if the score is tied at the end of regulation play. If the two teams are still tied after the overtime period, the game then moves on to a tie-breaker that includes using a series of five penalty kicks, where each team takes five shots on the opponent’s goal.

For a more in-depth look at how the World Cup 2018 in Russia works, learn more here! And whether you’re a die-hard soccer fan or a new follower of the sport, there is no better sports bar in Phoenix for watching the games while enjoying an ice-cold brew and the best wings in town!  

 

Photo by Matthew Henry from  Burst (6/10/2018)

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