Once every four years, the soccer (football) world comes together to watch the FIFA World Cup.
Over the past two or three decades, the USA men’s soccer has routinely qualified and for the tournament. Starting with Italy 1990, the United States reached seven straight World Cups and even reached the quarterfinals in 2002. The shock failure to make the tournament in 2018 caused consternation among fans of the sport in the country, but eyes are already looking forward to the 2022 edition in Qatar.
The tournament currently has 32 countries and takes place during the summer months of June and July. The 2022 World Cup, however, will break with tradition due to the extreme weather conditions in the host country. This edition will take place in November and December. The 32 teams are split into eight groups of four. Each team plays the other team in its group once and the top two teams move on to the knockout stages. The winner of a group will play a runner-up of another group in the round of 16.
The World Cup Final is the most-watched sporting events in the world. FOX paid $400 million to get the rights to show the 2018 and 2022 versions. The network was given the 2026 rights without having to even bid as a thank you from FIFA for not suing over the move of the 2022 edition from the summer to winter in the USA, right in the middle of the college football and NFL seasons.