Here’s a quick post on how to explain the group stages of the 2014 World Cup Brasil to a casual Filipino sports fan.
Thirty-two teams from all if the world have topped their respective continents to qualify for the World Cup . They are divided to eight groups (A – H) with four teams each. Each team would have three games in the group stages.
Point System & Qualification
In the group stages, a win would automatically give the winning team three points while a loss would result to zero points for the losing team. A draw (or tie) means that both teams will share one point each. The top two teams with the most points will move on to the next round. The point system will only be used in the group stages.
In the event that the teams have the same number of points, ties are broken using this method:
1)Goal Difference (GD)- the difference between total goals scored and goals allowed by both teams in the group stages. The team with the higher GD advance.
2)Goal Scored (GS)– If both teams have the same GD, the team with more goals scored in the group stages advance.
3)Head-to-Head result (H2H)– if both teams have the same GD and GS. The team that won over the other advances. In case of a three (or four) way tie, the team with the most wins against other tied teams advances.
4)Head-to-Head Goal Difference (H2HGD)– If H2H results are the same, the team with the higher GD advances
5)Head-to-Head Goal Scored – If the teams have the same H2HGD, the team with more goals go through.
6)Drawing of Lots – In the unlikely event of five levels of tie break, lots are drawn to determine the team that will advance to the next round.
Last two group group games will played simultaneously
In order to maintain the intensity of the games and to prevent result manipulation, simultaneous kick-offs are done in the final group games. This will ensure that no teams will play Gods and purposely win or lose matches and/or slack off which is bad for patrons who paid big money to watch the games live.