Did you know the World Cup is the most watched sporting event of the year, surprisingly; surpassing the Olympics and Super Bowl!! The World Cup is back in 2022, beginning on November 20th and running through December 18th. The World Cup only takes place every four years.
The tournament begins with 32 teams from all over the world. These 32 teams include:
Qatar (also this year's hosting country)
Ecuador, England, Iran, Senegal, Netherlands, USA, Wales, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, Tunisia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Morocco, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Spain, Costa Rica, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Cameroon, Uruguay, South Korea, Portugal, Ghana, Brazil, and Serbia.
The 2022 official mascot is named: La'eeb. La'eeb is an Arabic word meaning super-skilled player. He belongs to a parallel mascot-verse that is indescribable – everyone is invited to interpret what it looks like. The mascot was designed by commercial artist Reg Hoye.
Rapper Lil Baby has an official song "The World Is Your To Take" for FIFA World Cup. There is going to be an official soundtrack for The World Cup. This is part of FIFA sound strategy to bring artists, fans and players together to share their passion by combining the universal languages of football and music.
Host a watch party and surprise your guest with some fun facts about The World Cup:
1. The World Cup began in 1930 and took place in the host city of Uruguay.
2. There was no World Cup in 1942 or 1946, this was due to World War II.
3. Brazil, also called "Seleção Canarinho" has the most World Cup Wins!!
4. The World Cup trophy was renamed Jules Rimet in 1946 to honor the FIFA president who set up the first tournament... It has been missing since 1983 since it was stolen! Where do you think it is?
5. Germany has scored the most World Cup points. Cool!
Some other random football or "soccer" facts:
The final 10 best players scored points across seven rounds. They were as follows:
Round 1: Club titles
Round 2: International titles
Round 3: Goals for your club
Round 4: Goals for your country
Round 5: Ballon d’Or titles
Round 6: Records
Round 7: Z-Factor seasons