World Cup

How The World Cup Works: A Guide For Everyone

The 21st edition of the World Cup kicks off in Moscow on June 14. It’s the most popular tournament for the world’s most popular game. But do you actually know how the World Cup works?

The World Cup has had dozens of different formats since its inception in 1930. Since the World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams ahead of the 1998 edition, the tournament has finally found a system it likes. FIFA has stuck with the same format of eight groups of four turning into a 16-team knockout playoff for six tournaments now, including Russia 2018. 

Insane Women’s World Cup Ticket Fiasco Enraging Fans Weeks Before Kickoff

The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicks off in less than three weeks in France. FIFA announced fans who bought Women's World Cup tickets could print them out starting on Monday. 

Women's World Cup tickets were cheap and fairly easy to score, even for the final and semifinals, as we outlined here. But it appears FIFA’s ticketing system had some major flaws. 

Almost immediately on Monday, people began to notice a huge problem — and FIFA’s response was even more infuriating. 

USWNT Blanks South Africa 3-0 To Begin Send-Off Series

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is only 25 days away, and the USWNT is showing how prepared it is to defend the title. In its first Send-Off Series match against South Africa on Sunday night in Santa Clara, California, the USWNT struggled to find the back of the net until the 36th minute.

Samantha Mewis took matters into her own hands when she beat a South African defender at the top of the box and put the U.S. on the scoreboard. 

Tim Weah Named To Loaded USMNT U-20 World Cup Roster, Even Without Sargent, Adams

Tim Weah, son of Liberia President and former FIFA Player of the Year winner George Weah, headlines a stacked USMNT U-20 World Cup roster, which was announced by U.S. Soccer on Friday morning. 

England Reveals Women’s World Cup Squad With Help From Celebs Like David Beckham, Ellie Goulding, Emma Watson And Prince William

Making the England Women's World Cup squad is a dream come true for the 23 players selected. 

Thankfully, the folks in the media department at the England FA realized that the reveal video for the men’s World Cup roster last year was kinda weird

So when it came time to announce the 2019 England Women’s World Cup squad on Wednesday, the Lionesses received fantastic, individualized messages from some of England’s biggest stars — and some we assume are also famous.

FIFA Names 15 Video Assistant Referees For 2019 Women’s World Cup — All Men

In March, FIFA confirmed the use of VAR — video assistant referees — for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, something it really had to do after its successful implementation at the 2019 men’s World Cup. 

On Thursday, FIFA named the 15 video assistant referees who will man the booths at this summer’s Women’s World Cup — and we do mean man.

All 15 VAR picks are men. 

Jill Ellis Announces USWNT World Cup Roster To Defend 2015 Title With A Couple Key Inclusions

Coach Jill Ellis unveiled her USWNT World Cup roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Thursday, the 23 players who will attempt to defend their title and win a record fourth championship.

The 2019 USWNT World Cup roster includes few surprises. Half of the squad (12 of 23) returns from the 2015 team, including eight who started the final. 

Why The World’s Best Player Refuses To Play At The Women’s World Cup

Editor’s note: This story originally ran on Feb. 26 and has been updated to include Norway’s final World Cup roster decisions.

The best women’s footballers on the planet will gather in France for the Women’s World Cup this summer. 

Well, the best players minus one.

What Do 50,000 Used Beer Cups Look Like? A Beautiful White Football Pitch Thanks To Budweiser

Every four years, hundreds of thousands of fans descend upon a new country, laying waste to incomprehensible volumes of a pale, frothy liquid. The World Cup is a time to celebrate not just soccer, but humanity, and what better way than by consuming the same beverage many anthropologists believe to be impetus behind early mankind giving up its nomadic societies to create what we know today as civilization — beer. 

Fans Start Petition To Strip Hugo Lloris Of World Cup Winner's Medal Should Liverpool Win Premier League

Tottenham and Hugo Lloris haven’t had a good week.

Spurs traveled to Anfield to face Liverpool in the hopes of gaining three important points in pursuit of Champions League football. (Spurs were out of the title race a while ago.) The match was particularly open, with end-to-end play a constant throughout.

Liverpool was not at its best, though it scored the first goal of the match through Roberto Firmino.

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