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2006
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3 − 16
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Best with 6 players
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10 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
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8 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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The World Cup Game
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The World Cup Game: History of the greatest football tournament
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The World Cup Game is a football (soccer) game that is like no other soccer game. This is the first of its kind that closely resembles the current genre of German-style boardgames that have become so popular in recent years.
It is not a quiz game and it is not a single match style soccer game, but it covers two complete tournaments - the 1930 tournament in Uruguay and the 2002 tournament in Korea and Japan. Two games in one box. The 1930 game takes around an hour to play, while the 2002 game takes around 3 hours to play.

The box is weighty, coming in at just under 2kg, so you get a lot for your money. The components are 2 large boards, 74 National flag tiles, 182 Action tiles, 87 Action cards, 36 Plastic footballs, 4 'blob'dice, 3 score sheets, a rulebook and the box!

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Cardgame version:
The World Cup Card Game 2010

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Playing the game:
All participating national teams are allocated randomly to each player. Each player is dealt three cards. You never have more or less than 3 (except for 9+ players in one game). The play is quite simple - play a card, take an action, then replace the card from the stack.
The cards include various numbers of goals, penalties, attack, defense, foul and offside. Each goal, attack, defense and penalty card has a corresponding Action tile . You play the card and place the corresponding tile onto the board against the team that you wish to score the goal or 1/2 goal (in the case of attack) or defense, etc. These are usually your own teams. However, it is not that simple. Each team has a number of 'playing squares' from two to four which are the squares used for placing the Action tiles. The number of squares determines how each team is ranked e.g. In the 1930 game Uruguay have 4 playing squares as they won the real 1930 World Cup. In the 2002 game England have 3 playing squares as they did reasonably well, getting to the quarter-finals. The rankings are based on how each team actually performed during that particular World Cup tournament.
In order to facilitate the ranking, a color code is applied to each team from Black through Red, Blue, Green, Yellow to Grey.

Players must always keep the points each of their teams have accrued in mind as this is crucial to getting into a position to progress to the next round. With a lot of teams in the 2002 World Cup, this can be quite taxing. You may ignore some of your weak teams in order to concentrate on your stronger teams but, other players may like to see some of the opponents weaker teams do well as they would prefer to meet low class opposition in future rounds. In this case you may find goals appearing on your weaker teams from some of your 'friendly' opponents!
The subtle strategies that can be adopted are as follows:
1. Filling in your opponents 'playing squares' with defense tiles to stop them scoring so many goals.
2. Keeping your best cards in hand to use when you really need them. (Using your '3 goal' card to trounce the opposition may be regretted in the next round with a hand full of defense cards)
3. Adding goals to weak opposition in groups where you have no team involved. "Well, do you really want to meet Brazil in the next round?"
4. Leaving your strong teams in drawn matches at the end of a round as the modifying dice give you an odds on chance of an extra goal.
I haven't mentioned the modifying dice before. Basically these are used at the end of each round to add 1/2 goals where applicable. Each dice have a different colored 'blob' face, but there are more Black than Red than Blue, etc. These are rolled for each group in the Group stages or for all matches in the knock-out stages. Each colored face adds 1/2 goal to any team that is that color. This could possibly add a goal to some teams (injury time winners or equalizers!)

The same format is played each round with a diminishing set of cards until two teams get through to the final. The winner of the Final is the winner of the game.

Drawn games in the 1930 tournament are replayed until a winner emerges. In the 2002 tournament, penalties divide the teams. This causes quite a lot of tension and excitement despite being decided on die rolls.

If you like playing grand sweeping tournaments in less than 3 hours, and love following the World Cup on your 'fill-in' wallchart, then this is the game for you!

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The World Cup Game
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Games for the World Edition
Publisher: Games for the World
Artist: Shaun Derrick, Jan Derrick, Martin Whelan
Year: 2006
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Size: 12.50 x 10.25 x 2.38 inches
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0 Copa America 2007 - 3 player tournament
Updated to add some minor info and to correct a small error in the earlier file.
English
2014-06-18
0 3-player tournament
A conversion of a previous 2-player competition into a 3-player. "Wallcharts", scoresheet and rules included. Handy to play during half-time of acurrent World Cup match.
English
2014-06-17
0 Gold Cup 2007 - 2-4 player tournament
Primarily a 2-player tournament, this 12 team competition (won by the USA) has three groups of four and also makes a good 3- and 4-player game. "Wallcharts", scoresheets, rules all included in this file. Enjoy.
English
2014-06-17
8 2014 World Cup Group Stage Board
Another version of the group stage board for 2014. 4 8-1/2 x 11 pages.
English
2014-05-25
4 World Cup 2014 - Scoresheet (one page)
One page scoresheet for the World Cup 2014. Group stages and second stage on a single 8.5x11 layout.
English
2014-05-22
4 2014 World Cup Flag Tiles
Flag tiles for use in the 2014 World Cup. Two copies of each flag.
English
2014-05-21
12 2014 World Cup Board
I used the team colors based on the spreadsheet recently updated and made a printout to play on the table. Four pages for the group phases, then move to the real board for the Knockout phases.
English
2014-05-20
6 Scoresheet - Brazil 2014
Here is a scoresheet for Brazil 2014 you will need to use the universal expansion or my excel spreadsheet available from the files page.
English
2014-05-19
4 Excel 2014 Game Board for the World Cup Game
Play the World Cup game with the 2014 teams. Use on big screen TV or projection screen.
English
2014-05-18
8 Excel 2010 Game Board for the World Cup Game
Use a projection screen or hook up to your big screen TV to play using excel. Worksheet automatically calculates each teams points as scores change. This file is setup to play with 2010 teams but could easily be modified to use with any World Cup. I am anxious to hear Shaun's rankings of 2014 to create a version for the upcoming World Cup!
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2014-02-18
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