The World Cup of Soccer has become one of the most popular sporting events in the world. This exciting sporting event is a huge draw for fans from all over the globe. Between 11 June and 11 Jul 2010, the next FIFA World Cup of Soccer will be held in South Africa. This is the 19th World Cup of Soccer and the first African-based event. Uruguay hosted the first World Cup of Soccer in 1930. In 2002, Korea/Japan hosted the first World Cup outside of Europe and the Americas.

In August 2007, more than 200 teams competed for the right to enter the finals in South Africa.The World Cup has a similar number of participants to the 2008 Olympics. In South Africa, there will be 31 teams competing for the Cup. South Africa, the host nation, is the only one guaranteed to play in the finals. Italy will be the tournament’s defending champions. The games will be viewed by more than one billion people worldwide.

Since its inception, only seven countries have held the Cup. Brazil has been the champion five times; Italy four; Federal Republic of Germany three; Argentina and spbo Uruguay two each, respectively, and England, France and France one. Six geographic regions are divided into the world of soccer, with each area being given a specific number of finals spots. These areas include Africa with fifty-three teams competing for 5 spots; Asia with forty-three team for 4.5; Europe, fifty three teams for 13 places; North, Central America, and Caribbean, 35 teams each for 3.5 places; Oceania with ten teams, for.5 place; South America with ten teams, for 4.5; and North, Central America, and Caribbean, 33 teams each for 3.5 places.

Ten stadiums will host 64 games in nine South African cities. These games will have three million tickets available. The opening and last games are scheduled for Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg. It has a capacity for 94,500 and is the third-largest stadium in Africa. The stadium is located within 100m of the action and offers unobstructed views. The other venues are Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruitt, and Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

For the 2010 Games, constructions are underway at Green Point Stadium and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Gautrain, a commuter train that runs between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and OR Tambo International Airport, is being constructed. Zakumi, a green-haired leopard that is the mascot of the series, can be translated loosely to “South Africa Ten”. The South African team’s colors are yellow and green.