The opening ceremony for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in Qatar on November 20, and the tournament will run through December 10. Click this link to view the complete match schedule for the day, and don’t forget to print out your wall chart! The games will be held during the winter months for the very first time in the history of the tournament, which will result in a disruption to the normal timetable of the club soccer season. It is the last time we will see this format with 32 teams in the field before it expands to 48 teams in time for the 2026 tournament, which will be hosted jointly by the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada.
After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the United States finally made their long-awaited return to the largest stage in the world with a draw against Wales. This came after the United States was eliminated from the competition. The United States national football team is competing in its 11th World Cup. Over the course of the last nine tournaments, the United States has qualified for the World Cup eight times. The United States Men’s National Team, coached by Gregg Berhalter, came in third place out of eight teams in the Concacaf qualifying group, behind Mexico and Canada. While you’re here, don’t forget to join up for our new newsletter covering the beautiful game in all its guises, including daily updates regarding the World Cup. You may do so by clicking here.
The Canadian national team is competing in the World Cup for the second time, but it has been 24 years since they last participated in the competition, which took place in Mexico in 1986. They started off with a disappointing loss to Belgium in a group that also included Morocco and the team that finished second in the 2018 competition, Croatia. In the meantime, Mexico was placed in a difficult group that also includes Poland. Saudi Arabia has previously upset Argentina in this group.
Since the beginning of the competition, no other team has had better odds (provided by Caesars Sportsbook) to win the entire competition than Brazil, which currently has +360 odds to do so. Tite is looking to add a sixth star to the Selecao crest. Argentina (+500), France (+700), Spain (+750), England (+850), and Germany (+1100) are not too far behind Brazil in the futures market.
Right here is where you can stay current on the schedule, the standings, and the scores. It’s important to go through how the tiebreaker works before we go into the rankings, so let’s do that now. Before we get to the stage where we have to draw lots to determine which team or teams will move on to the next round, there are seven steps that need to be completed. At the previous men’s World Cup, Japan advanced to the knockout stage at the expense of Senegal on account of FIFA’s fair play points. It’s not completely out of the question to suppose that history may repeat itself in Qatar.
Procedures to Break Ties in the World Cup Group Stages
- Total points
- Goal differential
- tallying up the goals
- points earned in matches played between clubs that are tied for first place
- When two teams are deadlocked in a match, goal differential decides the winner.
- The scoring of goals in matches between clubs that are tied
- Points awarded for fair play during the group stage Yellow card, -1 point
- Three points deducted for indirect red (second yellow)
- Red in the face: a loss of four points
- A yellow card and a direct red result in a loss of five points.
- A selection at random
- You can watch all of the World Cup live — in English and in Spanish — on fuboTV (Try for free).
World Cup standings and table for the group stage
Complete the bracket for the World Cup
Schedule of the knockout stages
Round of sixteen
December 3rd, Saturday
The winners of Group A will take on the runners-up in Group B at ten in the morning.
The winners of Group C will face off against the runners-up
Sunday, December 4
at 10 a.m., the runners-up in Group C will take on the winners of Group D.
The winners of Group B will face off against the runners-up in Group A at 2:00 pm.
Monday, Dec. 5
Group E winners vs. Group F runners-up, 10 a.m.
Group G winners vs. Group H runners-up, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Group F winners vs. Group E runners-up, 10 a.m.
Group H winners vs. Group G runners-up, 2 p.m.
9 December, Friday
Quarterfinal 1, 10 a.m.
Quarterfinal 2, 2 p.m.
Saturday, the 10th of December
Quarterfinal 3, 10 a.m.
Quarterfinal 4, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Semifinal 1, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Semifinal 2, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Semifinal 1 loser vs. Semifinal 2 loser, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18
Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner, 10 a.m.