We’re playing fast and free with these 10 awesome facts about this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia…
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup which kicked off on 14 June this year, and will end with the final match on 15 July 2018.
This is the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe, and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe.
Here are 10 fun facts about this year’s world cup that you may know:
- A total of 32 teams will be participating in this year’s tournament
- For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, Russia is the host country
- The Russian 2018 World Cup mascot is a wolf named Zabivaka. It was chosen via online voting
- The total prize money for 2018 World Cup is $400-million. That’s a staggering R5,3-billion! The eventual winners will pocket R508 million!
- This is also the first time the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used
- McDonald’s is the official food partner for the World Cup 2018
- The tournament is scheduled to be played across 11 cities at 12 stadia
- The Luzhniki stadium in Moscow has a capacity of 81 000 people
- Matches will be played in the easternmost city Ekaterinburg and the westernmost city Kaliningrad which are 2 415km apart. It is roughly the same distance between Moscow and London
- Iceland and Panama make their World Cup debut this year