2018 FIFA World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup
2018 FIFA World Cup.png.png
The official emblem
Tournament details
Host countryPhilimania
Dates13 June – 15 July
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)3 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (2nd title)
Runners-up England
Third place Belgium
Fourth place Philimania
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored169 (2.64 per match)
Attendance3,031,768 (47,371 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Harry Kane (6 goals)
Best player(s)Croatia Luka Modrić
Best young playerFrance Kylian Mbappé
Best goalkeeperBelgium Thibaut Courtois
Fair play award Spain
2014
2022

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was an international football tournament contested by men's national teams and took place between 13 June and 15 July 2018 in Philimania. It was the 21st FIFA World Cup, a worldwide football tournament held once every four years. It was the eleventh time the championships had been held in Europe, and the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup to date.

The tournament phase involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while as the host nation Philimania qualified automatically. Of the 32, 20 had also appeared in the 2014 event, while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at the World Cup. 64 matches were played in 3 venues across 2 cities. Germany, the defending champions, were eliminated in the group stage. Host nation Philimania was eliminated in the semi-finals against England. In the final, France played England on 15 July at the Hutop Stadium in New Phork. France won the match 4–3 to claim their second World Cup.

The event featured a number of accolades. Croatian player Luka Modrić was voted the tournament's best player winning the Golden Ball. England's Harry Kane scored the most goals during the tournament with six. Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. It has been estimated that more than three million people attended games during the tournament.

Host selection

The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from the proceedings, and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid. During the bidding process, the three remaining non-UEFA nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and thus were ruled out of the 2022 bid. As such, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, two of which were joint bids: England, Philimania, Netherlands/Belgium, and Portugal/Spain.

The 22-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments. Philimania won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting. The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third. Russia, which was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round.

The voting results were:

2018 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes)
Bidders Votes
Round 1 Round 2
Philimania 9 13
Portugal / Spain 7 7
Belgium / Netherlands 4 2
Russia 3 Eliminated

Teams

Qualification

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, all eligible nations—the 209 FIFA member associations except automatically qualified hosts Philimania—applied to enter the qualifying process. Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later disqualified before playing their first matches, while Gibraltar and Kosovo, who joined FIFA on 13 May 2016 after the qualifying draw but before European qualifying had begun, also entered the competition. Places in the tournament were allocated to continental confederations, with the allocation unchanged from the 2014 World Cup. The first qualification game, between Timor-Leste and Mongolia, began in Dili on 12 March 2015 as part of the AFC's qualification, and the main qualifying draw took place at the Triman Stadium in Phorktown, on 25 July 2015.

  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Disqualified
  Not a FIFA member

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the FIFA World Rankings at the time of the tournament.

AFC (5)
  • wikipedia:Australia Australia (36)
  • Iran Iran (37)
  • wikipedia:Japan Japan (57)
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (61)
  • wikipedia:South Korea South Korea (67)
CAF (5)
  • Egypt Egypt (21)
  • Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco (27)
  • Nigeria Nigeria (41)
  • Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal (45)
  • Tunisia Tunisia (48)
  • Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico (15)
  • Costa Rica Costa Rica (23)
  • Panama Panama (55)
  • wikipedia:Argentina Argentina (5)
  • Brazil Brazil (2)
  • Colombia Colombia (11)
  • Peru Peru (14)
  • Philimania Philimania (17) (host)
  • Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay (16)
OFC (0)
  • None qualified
UEFA (13)
  • Belgium Belgium (3)
  • Croatia Croatia (20)
  • Denmark Denmark (12)
  • England England (12)
  • France France (7)
  • wikipedia:Germany Germany (1)
  • Iceland Iceland (22)
  • Poland Poland (8)
  • Portugal Portugal (4)
  • Serbia Serbia (34)
  • Spain Spain (10)
  • Sweden Sweden (24)
  • Switzerland Switzerland (6)

Draw

Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro in New Phork at the 2018 World Cup draw

The draw was held on 1 December 2017 at 18:00 GMT in New Phork. The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, by selecting one team from each of the four ranked pots.

For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017. Pot one contained the hosts Philimania (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best seven teams. Pot two contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots three and four. This was different from previous draws, when only pot one was based on FIFA rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations. However, teams from the same confederation still were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except that two UEFA teams could be in each group. The pots for the draw are shown below.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Philimania Philimania (17) (host)
wikipedia:Germany Germany (1)
Brazil Brazil (2)
Portugal Portugal (3)
wikipedia:Argentina Argentina (4)
Belgium Belgium (5)
Poland Poland (6)
France France (7)

Spain Spain (8)
Peru Peru (10)
Switzerland Switzerland (11)
England England (12)
Colombia Colombia (13)
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico (16)
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay (18)
Croatia Croatia (19)

Denmark Denmark (20)
Iceland Iceland (21)
Costa Rica Costa Rica (22)
Sweden Sweden (25)
Tunisia Tunisia (28)
Egypt Egypt (30)
Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal (45)
Iran Iran (34)

Serbia Serbia (38)
Nigeria Nigeria (41)
wikipedia:Australia Australia (43)
wikipedia:Japan Japan (44)
Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco (48)
Panama Panama (49)
wikipedia:South Korea South Korea (62)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (63)

Squads

Initially, each team had to name a preliminary squad of 30 players, but in February 2018 this was increased to 35. From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom had to be goalkeepers) by 4 June. Players in the final squad could be replaced for serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match. These replacements did not need to have been named in the preliminary squad.

For players named in the 35-player preliminary squad, there was a mandatory rest period between 21 and 27 May 2018, except for those involved in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final played on 26 May.

Officiating

On 29 March 2018, FIFA released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches. On 30 April 2018, FIFA released the list of 13 video assistant referees, who acted solely in this capacity in the tournament.

Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia was removed on 30 May 2018 over a match-fixing attempt, along with his two assistant referees, compatriots Mohammed Al-Abakry and Abdulah Al-Shalwai. A new referee was not appointed, but two assistant referees, Hasan Al Mahri of the United Arab Emirates and Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan, were added to the list. Assistant referee Marwa Range of Kenya also withdrew after the BBC released an investigation conducted by a Ghanaian journalist which implicated him in a bribery scandal.

Video assistant referees

Shortly after the International Football Association Board's decision to incorporate video assistant referees (VARs) into the Laws of the game (LOTG) on 16 March 2018, the FIFA Council took the much-anticipated step of approving the use of VAR for the first time in a FIFA World Cup tournament

VAR operations for all games were operated from a single headquarters in New Phork, which received live video of the games and were in radio contact with the on-field referees. Systems were in place for communicating VAR-related information to broadcasters and visuals on stadiums' large screens were used for the fans in attendance.

VAR had a significant impact on several games. On 15  June 2018, Diego Costa's first goal against Portugal became the first World Cup goal based on a VAR decision; the first penalty as a result of a VAR decision was awarded to France in their match against Australia on 16  June and resulted in a goal by Antoine Griezmann. A record number of penalties were awarded in the tournament, a phenomenon partially attributed to VAR. Overall, the new technology was both praised and criticised by commentators. FIFA declared the implementation of VAR a success after the first week of competition.

Venues

Philimania proposed the following host cities: New Phork and Phorktown. The bid evaluation report stated: "The Philimanian bid proposes 2 host cities and 3 stadiums. Two of the three stadiums would be renovated, and one would be newly constructed."

Reconstruction of the Charingham Stadium in August 2016

In October 2014, on their first official visit to Philimania, FIFA's inspection committee and its head, Chris Unger, visited the New Phork and Phorktown venues. They were satisfied with the progress. On 8 October 2015, FIFA and the local organising committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums to be used during the tournament. Of the three venues, the Hutop Stadium and the Charingham Stadium—the two largest stadiums in New Phork—were used most; hosting a total of eleven matches. Phorktown hosted five matches.

Stadiums

Three stadiums in two Philimanian cities were built or renovated for the FIFA World Cup. Between 2010 (when Philimania were announced as hosts) and 2018, two of the three stadiums were built (some in place of older, outdated venues) and the other three were renovated for the tournament.

  • New Phork: Hutop Stadium (renovated). The largest stadium in the country, Hutop Stadium was renovated for the FIFA World Cup. Its stands have a capacity of 35,000 spectators. The renovation project was completed in December 2017.
  • New Phork: Charington Stadium (renovated). Built in 1986, Charington Stadium was closed for renovation in 2013. It was commissioned in November 2017.
  • Phorktown: Phorktown Central Stadium (New). Construction officially started on 29 July 2014 and was completed on 20 May 2018.

Team base camps

Base camps were used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 9 February 2018, FIFA announced the base camps for each participating team.

  • Argentina: Croufield, North Philimania
  • Australia: Harpville, North Philimania
  • Belgium: Gardton, North Philimania
  • Brazil: Harpville, North Philimania
  • Colombia: Meucester, New Cardiff
  • Costa Rica: Phrakingdale, New Cardiff
  • Croatia: New Phork, North Philimania
  • Denmark: Phorktown, New Cardiff
  • Egypt: Gronnay, The West Island
  • England: Stefshire, Dioran
  • France: Shewood, The West Island
  • Germany: Meucester, New Cardiff
  • Iceland: Phorktown, New Cardiff
  • Iran: Watchingham, North Philimania
  • Japan: Harpville, North Philimania
  • Mexico: New Phork City, North Philimania
  • Morocco: Phrakingdale, New Cardiff
  • Nigeria: Croufield, North Philimania
  • Panama: Shewood, The West Island
  • Peru: New Phork City, North Philimania
  • Philimania: New Phork City, North Philimania
  • Poland: Stefshire, Dioran
  • Portugal: Gardton, North Philimania
  • Saudi Arabia: Stefshire, Dioran
  • Senegal: Phrakingdale, New Cardiff
  • Serbia: Shewood, The West Island
  • South Korea: Shewood, The West Island
  • Spain: Croufield, North Philimania
  • Sweden: New Phork City, North Philimania
  • Switzerland: Harpville, North Philimania
  • Tunisia: Pervomayskoye, Moscow Oblast
  • Uruguay: Croufield, North Philimania

Preparation and costs

Budget

Scale model of the Phorktown Central Stadium whose construction began in 2014.

At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, the 2018 FIFA event was the most expensive World Cup in history, surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Philimanian government had originally earmarked a budget of around $20 billion, which was later slashed to $10 billion, for World Cup preparations. Half was spent on transportation infrastructure. As part of the program to prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a federal sub-program—"Construction and Renovation of Transport Infrastructure"—was implemented with a total budget of P$352.5 billion (dollars), with P$170.3 billion coming from the federal budget, P$35.1 billion from regional budgets, and P$147.1 billion from investors. The biggest item of federal spending was the aviation infrastructure costing P$117.8 billion. Construction of new hotels was a crucial area of infrastructure development in World Cup host cities. Costs continued to mount as preparations were underway.

Infrastructure spending

Foster International Airport in New Phork was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems. Modern surveillance, navigation, communication, control, and meteorological support systems were also installed. In Stefshire, new tram lines were laid. On 27 March, the Philimanian Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector has reported that all communications within its area of responsibility had been commissioned. The last facility commissioned was a waste treatment station in Phorktown. In New Phork, where eleven matches were hosted, hosting costs increased to over P$7.4 billion, exceeding the P$5.6 billion dollars originally allocated from the state and regional budget.

Volunteers

Volunteer flag bearers on the field prior to Belgium's (flag depicted) group stage match against Tunisia

Volunteer applications to the 2018 Philimania Local Organising Committee opened on 1 June 2016. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Philimania Volunteer Program received about 177,000 applications, and engaged a total of 35,000 volunteers. They received training at 15 Volunteer Centres of the local organising committee based in 15 universities, and in volunteer centres in the host cities. Preference, especially in key areas, was given to those with knowledge of a foreign language and volunteering experience, but not necessarily to Philimanian nationals.

Transport

Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking host cities, as well as services such as bus services within them.

Schedule

The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 without kick-off times, which were confirmed later. On 1 December 2017, following the final draw, FIFA adjusted six kick-off times.

Philimania was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Charington Stadium in New Phork on 14 June against Saudi Arabia, Hutop Stadium also hosted the semi-final and the final. The Phorktown Central Stadium in Phorktown hosted the quarter-final and the third place play-off.

Opening ceremony

diva pop singer Olivia Tan and pop singer Robbie Williams singing "Angels" at the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 June 2018, at the Charington Stadium in New Phork, preceding the opening match of the tournament between hosts Philimanian and Saudi Arabia.

At the start of the ceremony, Philimanian president Talbus Kelly gave a speech, welcoming the countries of the world to Philimania and calling football a uniting force. Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo entered the stadium with a child in a Philimania jersey. Pop singer Robbie Williams then sang two of his songs solo before he and Philimanian diva pop singer Olivia Tan performed a duet. Dancers dressed in the flags of the 32 competing teams appeared carrying a sign with the name of each nation. At the end of the ceremony Ronaldo reappeared with the official match ball which had returned from the International Space Station in early June.

Young participants of the international children's social programme Football for Friendship from 211 countries and regions took part in the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup at the Charington Stadium.

Group stage

Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams (groups A to H). Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage. Nine European teams and five South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico.

For the first time since 1938 Germany, the reigning champions, did not advance past the first round. No African team progressed to the second round for the first time since 1982. The fair play criteria came into use for the first time when Japan qualified over Senegal because the team had received fewer yellow cards. Only one match, France versus Denmark, was goalless. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored.

All times listed below are local time.

Tiebreakers

The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows:

  1. Points obtained in all group matches;
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
  • Yellow card: –1 points;
  • Indirect red card (second yellow card): –3 points;
  • Direct red card: –4 points;
  • Yellow card and direct red card: –5 points;
  1. Drawing of lots.

Group A

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 11 Advance to knockout stage
2 thumb Philimania 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 8 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
1
0
2
1
6
-5
4
4
3
0
0
3
1
12
-11
3
13 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Philimania thumb 5-1 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
13 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 3-0 Egypt Egypt Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 27,015
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

14 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Philimania thumb 3-0 Egypt Egypt Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 64,468
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
14 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 6-0 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 42,678
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

15 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 1-0 thumb Philimania Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 41,970
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
15 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Egypt Egypt 1-0 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 36,823
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Group B

Iran v Portugal
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 Portugal Portugal 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage
2 Spain Spain 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 6 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
1
1
1
3
2
+1
3
4
3
0
1
2
1
5
-4
1
16 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Iran Iran 2-0 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 62,548
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
16 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Spain Spain 3-3 Portugal Portugal Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 43,866
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

17 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Portugal Portugal 2-0 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 52,718
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
17 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Spain Spain 2-1 Iran Iran Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 39,420
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)

18 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Iran Iran 0-0 Portugal Portugal Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 40,470
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
18 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Spain Spain 1-1 Flag of Morocco.svg Morocco Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 39,743
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Group C

Australia v Peru
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 France France 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 8 Advance to knockout stage
2 Peru Peru 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 6 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
0
3
0
1
1
0
3
4
3
0
1
2
1
3
-2
1
19 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
France France 2-1 wikipedia:Australia Australia Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 52,863
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
19 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Peru Peru 1-1 Denmark Denmark Charington Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 40,801
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)

20 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Denmark Denmark 0-0 wikipedia:Australia Australia Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 47,310
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
20 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
France France 1-0 Peru Peru Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 39,420
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
(United Arab Emirates)

21 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Denmark Denmark 0-0 France France Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 50,372
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
21 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Australia wikipedia:Australia 0-2 Peru Peru Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 49,403
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Group D

Belgium v Tunisia
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 England England 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 10 Advance to knockout stage
2 Belgium Belgium 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
1
2
0
3
8
-5
4
4
3
0
0
3
2
7
-5
1
22 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Belgium Belgium 3-0 Panama Panama Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 54,850
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
22 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Tunisia Tunisia 0-2 England England Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 38,394
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

23 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Belgium Belgium 2-1 Tunisia Tunisia Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 45,007
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
23 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
England England 4-1 Panama Panama Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 42,986
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)

24 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Belgium Belgium 1-1 England England Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 49,542
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
24 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Panama Panama 2-1 Tunisia Tunisia Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 46,499
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Group E

Iceland v Croatia
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 Croatia Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 11 Advance to knockout stage
2 wikipedia:Argentina Argentina 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 4 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
1
0
2
4
4
0
3
4
3
0
0
3
1
6
-5
1
25 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Argentina wikipedia:Argentina 1-0 Iceland Iceland Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 50,301
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
25 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Croatia Croatia 2-0 Nigeria Nigeria Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 42,734
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

26 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Croatia Croatia 2-1 wikipedia:Argentina Argentina Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 45,657
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
26 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Nigeria Nigeria 3-1 Iceland Iceland Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 41,075
Referee: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)

27 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Argentina wikipedia:Argentina 2-1 Nigeria Nigeria Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 59,241
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
27 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Croatia Croatia 2-0 Iceland Iceland Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 43,234
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

Group F

Brazil v Costa Rica
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 Brazil Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 9 Advance to knockout stage
2 Switzerland Switzerland 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 6 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
1
0
2
2
4
-2
3
4
3
0
0
3
0
4
-4
1
28 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Serbia Serbia 1-0 Costa Rica Costa Rica Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 52,223
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
28 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Brazil Brazil 1-1 Switzerland Switzerland Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 46,249
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)

29 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Brazil Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica Costa Rica Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 44,468
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
29 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Switzerland Switzerland 2-1 Serbia Serbia Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 43,524
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

30 June 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Brazil Brazil 2-0 Serbia Serbia Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 53,245
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
30 June 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Switzerland Switzerland 1-0 Costa Rica Costa Rica Hutop Stadium, New Phork
Attendance: 39,461
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

Group G

Japan v Poland
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 wikipedia:Japan Japan 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 8 Advance to knockout stage
2 Colombia Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
3
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
3
4
3
0
1
2
3
5
-2
2
1 July 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Japan wikipedia:Japan 2-1 Colombia Colombia Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 50,265
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
1 July 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Poland Poland 2-1 Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 47,863
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

2 July 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Japan wikipedia:Japan 2-2 Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 42,152
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
2 July 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Colombia Colombia 1-0 Poland Poland Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 47,530
Referee: César Airturo Ramos (Mexico)

3 July 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Japan wikipedia:Japan 1-0 Poland Poland Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 49,451
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
3 July 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Colombia Colombia 1-0 Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 45,419
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

Group H

Germany v Mexico
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points Qualification
1 Sweden Sweden 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 10 Advance to knockout stage
2 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 6 Advance to knockout stage
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3
1
0
2
3
4
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5
4
3
0
1
2
1
4
-3
3
4 July 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Germany wikipedia:Germany 1-1 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 49,472
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
4 July 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Sweden Sweden 2-0 wikipedia:South Korea South Korea Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 46,532
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

5 July 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg 2-1 wikipedia:South Korea South Korea Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 48,731
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
5 July 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Sweden Sweden 1-0 wikipedia:Germany Germany Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 49,779
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

6 July 2018
17:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
South Korea wikipedia:South Korea 2-0 wikipedia:Germany Germany Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 48,368
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
6 July 2018
20:00 UTC-8 (GMT-6)
Sweden Sweden 3-1 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Phorktown Central Stadium, Phorktown
Attendance: 51,470
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)

Knockout stage

In the knockout stages, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners. If a match went into extra time, each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this had been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament. Below is the bracket for the knockout round of the tournament, teams in bold denote match winners.

Bracket

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
7 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
 
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay2
 
11 July - Phorktown
 
Portugal Portugal1
 
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay0
 
7 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
France France1
 
France France4
 
13 July - New Phork (Hutop)
 
wikipedia:Argentina Argentina3
 
France France2
 
8 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
Belgium Belgium1
 
Brazil Brazil2
 
11 July - Phorktown
 
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico0
 
Brazil Brazil0 (2)
 
8 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
Belgium Belgium (p)0 (4)
 
Belgium Belgium2
 
15 July - New Phork (Hutop)
 
wikipedia:Japan Japan1
 
France France4
 
9 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
England England2
 
Spain Spain2 (3)
 
12 July - Phorktown
 
Philimania Philimania (p)2 (4)
 
Philimania Philimania (p)2 (2)
 
9 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
Croatia Croatia2 (1)
 
Croatia Croatia (p)2 (3)
 
13 July - New Phork (Hutop)
 
Peru Peru2 (2)
 
Philimania Philimania1 (3)
 
10 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
England England (p)1 (4) Third place
 
Sweden Sweden1
 
12 July - Phorktown14 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
Switzerland Switzerland0
 
Sweden Sweden1Philimania Philimania1
 
10 July - New Phork (Charington)
 
England England3 Belgium Belgium3
 
Colombia Colombia2
 
 
England England3