When someone mentions “The World Cup” many think of the the international sporting event for football (soccer) that engulfs the world in face paint, unfurled flags, chants and national pride. That’s because the World Cup is the largest football competition and has used the name, that it’s now synonymous with the brand.
Officially, the FIFA World Cup is a month-long football tournament that brings together dozens of nations every four years to compete in a worldwide round-robin tournament.
But did you know there are other World Cups? In fact there are nearly 150 World Cup designations across several sports. From baseball to basketball, roller derby to fencing, Equestrian to chess, check out this list from Wikipedia to browse the numerous World Cups.
And with the major World Cups, including FIFA’s and FIBA, there are two stages. The first stage being the round robin, group stage of the tournament where teams play against their group. Those that fare the best in that stage will advance on to the Knockout Stage of the bracket. In the Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cup, the ‘Knockout’ has a field of 16 teams.
Upcoming World Cup Tournament + Brackets
Despite there being dozens of tournaments that use the name “World Cup” only a dozen qualify as an international sporting events in that they’re viewership, participation, funding and are run by large organization committees. Here’a a list of the upcoming World Cup tournaments.
|ICC||Cricket||Cricket World Cup||May-Jul||2019|
|FIFA||Football||Women's World Cup||Jun-Jul||2019||View|
|CONCACAF||Football||Men's Gold Cup||Jun-Jul||2019|
|FIBA||Basketball||Men's U19 FIBA World Cup||July||2019||Live|
|INF||Netball||Netball World Cup||July||2019||Here|
|FIBA||Basketball||Men's FIBA World Cup||Aug-Sep||2019||Here|
|FIBA||Basketball||Women's World Cup||Sep||2022||N/A|
|FIFA||Football||Men's World Cup||Nov-Dec||2022||N/A|
The World Cup is usually associated with the sport of football and FIFA, the international organization that oversees the both the men’s and women’s World Cup tournament. The FIBA World Cup is the basketball-equivalent of the tournament and for the first 60 years of that competition (1950-2010) it was officially known as the FIBA World Championship. In 2011, the organizing body decided to align it with the popular World Cup brand.