The FIFA 2010 World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men’s national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international governing body of association football, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals. The matches were played in 10 stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These 16 teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.
The 2010 world cup important to the future
The FIFA 2010 World Cup was a landmark event; it was the first time that South Africa had hosted the event and therefore became the first African nation to host a world cup of any kind and also became one of only four countries around the world (the other three being Brazil, China, and Italy) to host either a men’s or women’s World Cup before 2020. Because this is an international soccer match, it is an example of globalisation.
The fans’ impact on 2010 WORLD CUP
The 2010 FIFA World Cup, which came to be referred to as “the greatest football party on earth”, was hosted by South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. By the time it was over, it had become a resounding success with records broken for ticket sales and television ratings. The tournament saw an average of nearly 3 million spectators per match, beating all previous records for attendances at a FIFA World Cup tournament; while 552,695 tickets were sold during the first phase of sales – 35 per cent more than the 2006 total sales. Of those nearly half a million tickets sold in the first phase, 76 per cent went to Africans and 23 per cent went to fans in the Americas. An estimated additional 18,000 people bought tickets for matches that involved either Brazilian or Argentine teams; FIFA indicated that there was no evidence to suggest that these sales were linked to match-fixing in any way.
2010 world cup affect the economy
Aside from being a multi-billion dollar industry, soccer is also a sport that brings people together. In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup. It was not only the first time that an African country had been selected to host this prestigious international event but it was also one of the first times that South Africa as a country had been recognized on such a global scale. With over 86,000 individuals coming into South Africa for the competition and over 3 million South Africans tuning in to watch matches throughout, it’s clear how much of a positive impact sport can have on a nation’s economy. The influx of tourism dollars alone will no doubt result in tremendous growth for South Africa and the surrounding regions and has many saying that this World Cup will go down in history as one of the most significant events ever to be hosted on African soil.