The 2018 World CUP will be the second to feature a three-game knockout format and it is the most anticipated World Cup ever.

Here is what you need to know ahead of the start of the tournament. 

The World Cup starts on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Brisbane, Australia, with the opening round of matches being played on Wednesday, June 13, and the second round on Thursday, June 14. 

If there is no final on June 13 or 14, the second leg will be scheduled for June 15 in Sydney, Australia. 

This year, the format of the competition has been adjusted to allow for a higher number of teams to compete, but it is still unlikely the hosts will qualify. 

A total of 22 teams have been announced as finalists for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

England, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, the United States and Uzbekistan are among those teams that have been named. 

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There are more than 2,300 registered players from all over the world who are set to play for the 2022 World Cup host country. 

These are some of the best players in the world, but they are also the most likely to have injuries, so it is a delicate balance that will need to be kept in mind. 

“We’re still in a transitional phase and a lot of things have to go right for us to qualify,” said England manager Roy Hodgson on Tuesday. 

While Hodgson’s England will be aiming to get to the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time, there will be plenty of pressure on them to perform in their home matches. 

Germany and Argentina are the only teams who have qualified for the knockout stages of the past four editions of the FIFA World Cups. 

In 2019, Germany and Argentina reached the semifinals of the 2019 FIFA World Club Championship, while Argentina will play host to Uruguay on June 15. 

Brazil has qualified for five World Cups, and only two of those tournaments have been played in the United Kingdom. 

With a record of 16 wins from the previous eight World Cups in a row, Brazil’s qualification for the tournament in 2021 will be an important one for the hosts. 

Should England qualify, they will join the likes of Argentina, Portugal and Uruguay in the group stages of next year’s tournament.

The four teams that will be fighting for their place in the knockout phase will be drawn in a group with Russia, Chile and Nigeria, with Brazil and Mexico in the final group. 

Following their semifinal round against France in 2018, England will face the Netherlands on June 23, and will face France in the second group stage. 

Australia has qualified to the FIFA Club World Cup in the past two editions, and is expected to make it through the knockout round of the 2018 tournament.

There are no guarantees for Australia, but if they get through the tournament, the country will be among the favorites for qualification for 2019. 

As expected, the winner of the 2022 FIFA World Football Cup will earn their place on the list of teams who will qualify for the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar. 

More to come…