Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup

Iceland became the smallest country (by population) to qualify for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. The tournament will take place in Russia in June/July 2018. Iceland beat Kosovo in a qualification match for the World Cup. Iceland is an island nation with a population of about 330,000.

The United States won’t be taking part in the World Cup next year. It lost to Trinidad and Tobago in the qualifier. This was the first time since 1986 that the United States did not qualify for the World Cup. Population of the United States? Add 3 more zeros to Iceland’s population – about 330,000,000.

The World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, and is held every four years. To see which countries can play, qualification soccer matches are played before the actual World Cup games. Out of 209 teams, 32 will be selected to take part in the World Cup. The host Russia is qualified automatically, which leaves 31 teams to be picked. So far, 23 teams have qualified. Here is a link that shows the qualifying teams, and here is a video about the Soccer World Cup.

Image Credits: http://www.fifa.com for the logo of the Soccer World Cup and the image of the Iceland winning team
Sources: http://www.fifa.com, http://www.worldometers.info, FOX Soccer