It’s finally here – and if you’re excited as we are, you might have done a little wee! To celebrate, Fitness Savvy has produced an infographic and shared important info on where and when to watch the games, where to get tickets, and much more.
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FIFA World Cup 2018 – Everything You Need to Know
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally here! To celebrate this momentous occasion, Fitness Savvy has produced a cool infographic, and a complete guide covering everything you need to know about the world’s most popular sporting event, including:
- World Cup fixtures
- Where to watch the World Cup
- Where to get World Cup tickets
- Interesting World Cup facts and trivia
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FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures
32 teams will compete in this year’s tournament, split across eight qualifying groups. In total, 64 matches will take place.
Fitness Savvy had a look around to find the best place to check 2018 FIFA World Cup fixtures. We found the BBC’s page to be the easiest to navigate. Also, unlike Sky Sports fixture page, it is not clogged with gambling ads!
We suggest you head on over there to find out when your favourite teams are playing and follow their progress throughout the tournament.
Where to Watch the 2018 World Cup
The obvious answer to this is Russia! Unfortunately, we can’t all jet off to Russia to enjoy the tournament.
You have a few options when it comes to where to watch the games. Here are your choices:
- Head on over to Russia. If this is something you are seriously considering, you can check out ticket prices at Viagogo, Ticketbis and StubHub. As you would expect, the biggest games are sold out, but there are still some tickets for some cracking fixtures, and smaller group stage matches.
- Watch at home, on your own, in a quiet room. Not our recommended choice, but if that’s what you want – knock yourself out!
- Enjoy the games at home, with a few mates, a few beers, and maybe a BBQ. This is our personal favourite – you can get a good view of the game, there is enough of an atmosphere to make it fun, but not as rowdy as the next option…
- Head down to the pub. This is the classic way to watch your favourite World Cup games. The atmosphere can be fantastic, but sometimes a little too intense. The downside is that drinks can cost more, and you might not get a good view of the TV! You also run the risk of looking an absolute fool if you knock your drink over celebrating a Lampard goal that wasn’t a goal (apparently), or a Sterling goal which in fact hit the side netting.
- Visit one of the large venues across the world showing the games. If you want to experience the big games, with big crowds, but can’t afford to go to Russia for the World Cup, this is the next best thing. Esquire.com has listed the best alternative venues to take in the tournament, so head on over and check it out!
If watching at home, the games will be shown across several different channels. All games will be shown on either ITV or BBC. The lovely people over at worldsoccer.com have kindly produced a schedule showing which games will be on which channels, as well as kick-off times.
Interesting Facts & Stats
We tried hard to fit the best facts and stats into our infographic (which, by the way, you’re free to share and embed on your own site, if you have one!) but thought we’d throw in a couple more, just for fun. So, here are two more stats for you to enjoy
- The very first FIFA World Cup took place in Uruguay, in 1930. Not only did Uruguay host the World Cup, but they also won it! 13 teams took part, with Argentina and USA finishing second and third, respectively.
- Iceland made history by becoming the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup in 2017. After defeating England in Euro 2016, this Icelandic team could, once again, progress unexpectedly far in the tournament.