With the World Cup just around the corner and the whole world starting to get ramped up for the huge month long tournament, it’s easy to see that this is shaping up to be an exciting time for all the countries and their citizens who have made it all the way to the tournament. With some countries competing for the first time as well it’s creating an even more exciting atmosphere of anticipation and wonder. But what exactly is the World Cup and how can you make the most of it? Here we give you a brief background on the tournament as well as how best to enjoy your time watching it.

The FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is a soccer/football tournament that occurs every four years. The first World Cup tournament was held in 1930 and has been held every four years since except for 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War. Currently there are 48 teams that participate in the tournament overall from the qualifying round through group stages to the quarter finals, semi finals and finals where two of the final teams standing square off for a chance to win the coveted championship. Currently Spain are the defending champions and are favourites to win again this year.

How To Watch

This year the host country is Russia and all games are being played across a number of different time zones in several different cities. Kaliningrad in the west to Yekaterinburg in the east and a number of cities in between including Sochi, St Petersburg, Moscow and Niznhy Novogorod to name just a few. This means that you will need to adjust your watching time appropriately to catch the games for your own time zone. In some cases you may need to catch them earlier in the day or much later at night, so be prepared to alter your schedule accordingly – for live games anyway. 

Getting Involved

While short of heading to Russia personally to take in a couple of games really the only ways for you to get directly involved in the World Cup includes hosting watch parties for your friends to bring some brews as well as a snack or two and just chilling together to catch your favourite countries battle it out on the field. You can even use betting sites to place a couple friendly wagers out there to win some real money too, so what could be better?

So there you have a couple of great bits of information about the World Cup and how you can get involved and enjoy it to the best level you can!