Is it ever too early to start thinking about next year’s World Cup? We don’t think so!
Just as a reminder the details of next year’s FIFA World Cup are the following:
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st ever FIFA World Cup. It’s considered a quadrennial international football/soccer tournament for the men’s national team members of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14th – July 15th of 2018. This will be the first World Cup ever held in Eastern Europe, and the first held in Europe since 2006. It is soccer’s biggest tournament and shows national pride like no other event. Here is a graphic showing past winners:
The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which are determined by qualifying competitions as well as an automatic qualification for the host nation of Russia. 12 venues in 11 cities will host a total of 64 matches with the final game being played on July 15th in Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium.
We are still in the process of determining who the 32 teams are going to be via “Qualifiers”. You can get some great information about the current status of all the FIFA teams and their current path towards qualifying at the FIFA website here. The also have a great breakdown by continent at this link.
Until the qualifiers are determined and the groups are created it’s tough to predict a winner. Being in a difficult group can go a long way to determining the odds of winning the World Cup. Nonetheless, let’s not let that stop the fun of looking ahead to who the likely contenders will be.
I have compiled information from several sources to come up with a Power Ranking for the top 25 teams. Of course much can change between now and next summer, injuries and who knows what amazing player may burst onto the scene to play a role in 2018.
I have also added a video from a site specializing in odds on sporting events. They do a great job giving some background information as to the odds makers reasoning behind today’s betting odds.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our little preview of FIFA’s 2018 World’s Cup in Russia. Please leave your comments below on why you agree or disagree with our FIFA Power Rankings.