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World Cup Watching

Tournament

Professor Simon Chadwick

Posted: May 18, 2018

A SHORT GUIDE TO FOLLOWING – THE TOURNAMENT

WHAT IT IS

A tournament is: “A sports competition in which players who win a match continue to play further matches in the competition until just one person or team is left….[tournaments are based upon competition design, incorporating elements of venue selection and match organisation and management].” (Adapted from Collins English Dictionary, 2017)

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

This tournament is an especially notable one for several reasons, not least that it is being staged in a country that is apparently at odds with several nations whose teams will be participating in it. The tournament could also be the last of its kind, if FIFA decides to bring forward proposals for a forty-eight team competition to 2022. This summer, the tournament is therefore set to be a hot topic: 1) because of several risk factors associated with the event, including potential diplomatic action, fan violence and issues of venue risk and security; and 2) because competing economic and political interests may result in subsequent competition format changes.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

The last few months have witnessed several proposals emerging with regards to the future of some FIFA competitions. There have been issues around the enlargement of the World Cup to forty-eight teams, which has particular relevance to what happens in 2022 (when the World Cup is due to take place in Qatar). At the same time, development of the Club World Cup is also an issue. Watch-out for announcements in these areas, justifications for any changes and the ramifications of them.

SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK

Will this be the last World Cup to take place the current format, and what will this mean for subsequent tournaments?

Will fan violence, diplomatic action and/or stadium security issues manifest themselves and, if so, to what extent and why?

Could this be the last World Cup in Europe for the next twenty years, and what impact will the 2026 World Cup hosting decision have on this tournament?

SOMETHING TO READ

Fifa’s $25bn question: The radical offer to Gianni Infantino that could change the face of football http://www.cityam.com/284858/fifas-25bn-question-radical-offer-gianni-infantino-could

Several World Cup arenas risk becoming white elephants https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/several-world-cup-arenas-risk-becoming-white-elephants/2018/05/18/442fdaf2-5ab6-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html?utm_term=.0dbcd9f6e5c6

What exactly is the game world football is playing? http://www.ejinsight.com/20180424-what-exactly-is-the-game-world-football-is-playing/

Will there be a World Cup boycott? https://www.policyforum.net/will-world-cup-boycott/

SOMETHING TO WATCH

Infantino’s World Cup: a dire prequel that will award itself every Oscar https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/11/gianni-infantino-world-cup-oscars-fifa

Money makes the World Cup go round: more teams means more cash https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/10/world-cup-48-teams-gianni-infantino-fifa-money

 

 

About Professor Simon Chadwick

Simon is Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University in Manchester (UK), where he is also a Co-Director of the Centre for Sports Business. He is also a Founding Co-Director of the China Soccer Observatory and a Senior Fellow of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham (UK). He has worked in football across the world, for various organisations including companies, federations, and governments. He tweets via @Prof_Chadwick