FIFA World Cup Rules: Points, Goal Difference, Head to head, Fairplay record – Check how teams can qualify for Round 16

FIFA World Cup Rules: With the final round of group stages underway, 27 teams are set to fight out over the next…

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FIFA World Cup Rules: With the final round of group stages underway, 27 teams are set to fight out over the next few days to make it to the knockout stages. France, Portugal and Brazil qualified for the next round, while Qatar and Canada are ruled out. With little to choose from, teams could finish level on points, where tiebreakers could come into action. Here’s a look at the FIFA rules for such an instance. Watch FIFA WC LIVE Streaming on JioCinema & Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE updates on Insidesport.IN

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FIFA World Cup Rules: Points, Goal Difference, Head to head, Fairplay record – Check how teams can qualify for Round 16

1. Points: The first way is the team with the highest number of points. Each nation gets three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a defeat. In the event of two or more teams end the group stage with the same points, then the authorities will look at the second rule, which is the goal difference.

2. Goal difference: If the teams are level on points, the one with a superior goal difference – the total of goals scored minus goals conceded – will go through. The last team to face the consequences was Portugal in 2014 when they finished behind the US for second place in their group. If nothing separates the teams after rules 1 and 2, the third criterion will be looked at.

3. Goals scored: This rule was most famously enforced in 1982, when Italy and Cameroon were locked on points and goal difference, but the European side advanced because they had scored one more goal. Italy went on to win that World Cup. Another memorable instance was in 1994, when Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Norway finished with the same number of points (4 each) and goal difference (0). Mexico won that group because they scored more goals (3) than the rest.

FIFA World Cup Rules: Points, Goal Difference, Head to head, Fairplay record – Check how teams can qualify for Round 16

FIFA World Cup Rules: Points, Goal Difference, Head to head, Fairplay record - Check how teams can qualify for Round 16

4. Head-to-head: If the teams are tied after the first three rules, the next step will be to look at the points total in the head-to-head matches between the teams involved. Three things are looked at here (in this order): points won in head-to-head matches, goal difference and goals scored. The team with a superior record will advance.

5. Fair play record: If the teams still can’t be separated, then the fair play record is looked at. Each team is given a ‘conduct score’, wherein a point is deducted for each yellow card they receive, two points for a red card received after two bookings and four points for a straight red. The team with a lower score progresses into the knockout round.

At the 2018 World Cup, Japan edged out Senegal based on this rule. The two teams could not be separated on any of the above criteria. Japan’s fair play score of -4 was better than Senegal’s, who tallied -6.

6. Draw of lots: The last way to determine who progresses is by luck of the draw. No team has been axed from the World Cup by this method so far.

FIFA World Cup Rules: Points, Goal Difference, Head to head, Fairplay record – Check how teams can qualify for Round 16

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