Whether you’re a soccer neophyte or seasoned veteran, Mashable has put together an essential hub for all of your 2010 World Cup needs.
Mashable will be covering the tournament with essential social media resources, news, stats and features including the best World Cup goals of all time and which team has the most passionate fans (according to Facebook).
Aside from some soccer rule refreshers and tournament details on both the group stage and knockout stage, be sure to check back to this post for recent match scores and all of Mashable’s 2010 World Cup coverage. We’ll be updating this post continuously throughout the tournament with links to our World Cup social media coverage.
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Rules of the Tournament
The tournament is largely structured into two parts: a group stage and a knockout stage. The group stage is essentially a round robin organized by team ranking. All World Cup teams were divided into eight groups of four. Each set of four teams play each other during the group stage, the top two teams from each group move on to the knockout stage.
The knockout stage plays like a single-elimination tournament. Teams are seeded into a bracket based on their performance during the group stage. It’s single-game elimination so one loss in the knockout stage is enough to send a team home.
All standard soccer rules apply (no using your hands, 11 players on the field including a goalie, 23 players in total per team). Games are 90 minutes long. If the game is tied after regulation two 15-minute sudden-death overtimes are played. If it’s still tied, the teams go to a heart-pounding, nerve-shredding shoot-out.
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