FIFA, the global governing body of football, says that the world cup is “part and parcel of the World Cup” and it is “essential that the game of football remains a global, inclusive and democratic event”.
It adds: “The World Cup is a key pillar of the 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign and has been recognised as one of the most successful events in global sport, winning over 70 million fans across more than 60 countries around the world.”
The world cup, which is due to begin on 12 July in Brazil, will feature the world’s top two national football teams from each country and will be played in front of a national TV audience in a bid to attract viewers from around the globe.
The game of soccer has become an increasingly popular international sporting event, with more than two billion people tuning in to watch on television or online.
A total of 15.4 million people are expected to attend the world football championship, which will be broadcast on BBC One on Thursday.
The tournament, which has been won by the United States in the past, has also attracted an estimated $2.7bn in global commercial revenues.
The World Cup has seen a dramatic rise in ticket sales since it was first held in 1930, with last year’s event bringing in $3.6bn, according to the World Football League.
But a host of problems have faced the World Cups since they began in 1960.
FIFA’s governing body has admitted to a host