First, this is for fans of Soccer and for those who are interested in learning but may now know. If you only have asshat comments, do not post.
The way the World Cup works, each team was drawn 'semi-randomly" in a partial blind manner...somewhat skewed system but it is what it is.
Most locations for matches in Brazil is, I believe, -1 and -2 hours from EST so local Brazil time of 1500 is 1400/1300 here.
The first stage now that qualifying is over:
Link to full match schedules
Initial Matches, each person in a group- plays each other.
A win = 3 points, draw=1pt for each team, a loss=0 points.
The two teams with the most points advance, in the event of a tie between two teams, goal differential is the first tie-breaker. Second tie-breaker is total goals scored. Third through fifth is head to head matchup.
As I said, the two teams with the most points advance to the more commonly understood "playoff" system.
Round of 16:
The top 2 teams from each group will be paired and will play
here is a link to the way in which it will be grouped
Below are the groupings...the "Group of Death" (most difficult to advance from) is in some debate between Group D and Gm depending on who you ask.
Personally, I see Germany and Portugal as far more difficult teams than England/Italy/Uruguay
- Cote d'ivoire
- Costa Rica
- Korea republic
If you have questions, please post them! Again, mods please
keep the trolls from freeing themselves like usual in soccer threads.