2018 World Cup
Update 6.23.18 How does Germany make it out of group play and into the round of 16?
The two matchups are as follows:
Mexico vs Sweden
Germany vs South Korea
The current Group play standings are as follows
Copy of World Cup Standings
|Teams||Wins||Ties||Losses||Goals Scored||Goals Against||Goal Differential||Group Play Points|
Nothing will be easy for any team at this point, as none are eliminated, and none have clinched! This means there are a considerable number of potential outcomes in play, and none of which involve Germany deciding its fate!
Worst case scenario, Germany loses its last match play game against South Korea (Wednesday, June 27th at 10am). With a Sweden loss, they are tied in points and it goes to tiebreakers. A Sweden tie or win would mean Germany is out and Sweden advances.
The alternative and more likely scenario is a Germany win against South Korea. This results in another set of possible outcomes, some we like and others we’re going to have a talk with Jager about… A Sweden loss or tie against Mexico would mean a leapfrogging of Germany over Sweden by pure group play points and Germany advances! The other scenario would be Sweden beats Mexico, and the result would be three teams tied with 6 points, all three of which needing to win tiebreakers to advance.
The way it stands now, Mexico possesses the only net positive goal differential at 2, Sweden and Germany tie at 0 and South Korea has -2. With a low scoring affair between Mexico and Sweden, Germany would likely win a tiebreaker against Sweden given a win against South Korea. Provided there is a three-team tiebreaker, Mexico will likely take one of the spots as it already has a 2 score lead in goal differential over Germany and Sweden. The resulting spot will likely go to whichever team has the largest goal differential in their win, which could also end up with a tie still. A tie in the goal differential and points would result in following down the list of tiebreakers until one team moves on.
-Wins vs in group play
-Goal Differential between tied teams
-Goals Scored between the tied teams
-Card Deductions (A yellow is one point, and a red is three points. These points are then deducted from your total to reassess the teams’ standings.
-Draw Straws! Team names go into a bowl and a winner is drawn, this team advances.
So you want to know more about the 2018 World Cup?
Let’s start with the basics.
• The World Cup is played every four years, the next in 2022, so don’t miss this year’s action!
• There are 32 teams in the World Cup
• The teams are divided into 8 groups, with 4 teams per group, and labeled A through H
• The competition is split into two stages; Group Stage and Knockout Stage
• In 2026 the format will expand to include 48 teams!
The Group Stage is a round robin tournament, which all teams within each group play one another once. Each team is awarded points based on the outcome of the game; 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. After all three games are played the two teams with the most points, within each group, move onto the Knockout Stage.
This second phase of the tournament is a single elimination bracketed format, similar to the NCAA’s March Madness if familiar… The pairing of each match in this stage is done by group seeding, with the winners of Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H playing the runner ups of B, A, D, C, F, E, H, G, respectively. A win means a team advances to the next match, while a loss means you pack your bags and head home. There is no draws in this round, games that are still tied after extra time will go to penalty kicks to decide the winner. See the image below for visual bracket layout.
The finer points
You may notice some of the most prominent teams have a star patch on their jersey, or multiple patches. This is called a crest and it signifies the team has won a World Cup before. There are two individual player awards given out each year called the Gold Glove and Gold Ball. The Gold Glove is given to the best, you guessed it, goalie, while the Gold Ball goes to the best player. Much like regions in the March Madness bracket, some Groups are much tougher than others. The group containing the best teams is generally regarded as the toughest and called “The Group of Death”. This year there seems to be strong cases for Groups B, D and F.
Group Play Schedule
Group Match Day 1
June 14, 11:00 AM Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
June 15, 8:00 AM Egypt vs. Uruguay
June 15, 11:00 AM Morocco vs. Iran
June 15, 2:00 PM Portugal vs. Spain
June 16, 6:00 AM France vs. Australia
June 16, 9:00 AM Argentina vs. Iceland
June 16, 12:00 PM Peru vs. Denmark
June 16, 3:00 PM Croatia vs. Nigeria
June 17, 8:00 AM Costa Rica vs. Serbia
June 17, 11:00 AM Germany vs. Mexico
June 17, 2:00 PM Brazil vs. Switzerland
June 18, 8:00 AM Sweden vs. South Korea
June 18, 11:00 AM Belgium vs. Panama
June 18, 2:00 PM Tunisia vs. England
June 19, 8:00 AM Colombia vs. Japan
June 19, 11:00 AM Poland vs. Senegal
Group Match Day 2
June 19, 2:00 PM Russia vs. Egypt
June 20, 8:00 AM Portugal vs. Morocco
June 20, 11:00 AM Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia
June 20, 2:00 PM Iran vs. Spain
June 21, 8:00 AM Denmark vs. Australia
June 21, 11:00 AM France vs. Peru
June 21, 2:00 PM Argentina vs. Croatia
June 22, 8:00 AM Brazil vs. Costa Rica
June 22, 11:00 AM Nigeria vs. Iceland
June 22, 2:00 PM Serbia vs. Switzerland
June 23, 8:00 AM Belgium vs. Tunisia
June 23, 11:00 AM South Korea vs. Mexico
June 23, 2:00 PM Germany vs. Sweden
June 24, 8:00 AM England vs. Panama
June 24, 11:00 AM Japan vs. Senegal
June 24, 2:00 PM Poland vs. Colombia
Group Match Day 3
June 25, 10:00 AM Uruguay vs. Russia
June 25, 10:00 AM Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt
June 25, 2:00 PM Iran vs. Portugal
June 25, 2:00 PM Spain vs. Morocco
June 26, 10:00 AM Denmark vs. France
June 26, 10:00 AM Australia vs. Peru
June 26, 2:00 PM Nigeria vs. Argentina
June 26, 2:00 PM Iceland vs. Croatia
June 27, 10:00 AM Mexico vs. Sweden
June 27, 10:00 AM South Korea vs. Germany
June 27, 2:00 PM Serbia vs. Brazil
June 27, 2:00 PM Switzerland vs. Costa Rica
June 28, 10:00 AM Japan vs. Poland
June 28, 10:00 AM Senegal vs. Colombia
June 28, 2:00 PM Panama vs. Tunisia
June 28, 2:00 PM England vs. Belgium
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