|Association||World Cup Committee|
|Established||World Cup 1|
|Number of teams||32|
|Current champions||Audioslavia (1st title)|
|Most successful team||Starblaydia, Valanora (5)|
The NationStates World Cup is NationStates' longest-running recurring sporting event, dating back to the first half of 2003. Nations from around the NS world at all sorts of different technology levels play football (also known as "soccer" or "association football") for the ultimate glory of becoming world champions. The reigning champions are Audioslavia with their 2-0 finals win over Starblaydia in the 63rd running.
Each World Cup since the third has begun with a qualifying stage including anywhere from approximately fifty to one hundred nations, with eighty being the customary number. These nations are typically divided into eight to fifteen qualifying groups of six to ten nations, depending on the exact number entered. Each nation in a qualifying group plays each other nation in that group once at home and once away (the exception to this rule was World Cup 5, where nations in the qualifiers played each other only once). After all matches have been played, thirty qualifiers are determined based on placement in their groups. The first criterion for placement is the number of points earned (three for a win, one for a draw, and zero for a loss). If this results in a tie, various tiebreakers such as goal difference, goals scored, and head-to-head matchups are used at the hosts' discretion. Sometimes, special playoff matches are used to break ties: this first occurred in World Cup 12 when Timway beat Liverpool England 2–1.) In other cases, playoffs are scheduled as part of the qualifying phase.
The thirty qualifiers in addition to the two host nations advance to play in the World Cup proper. The first round (or the group stage, as it is also known) is made up of eight groups of four nations. Routinely, four of these groups play in one host nation, while the other four groups compete in the second. Each nation in a group plays each other nation in that group once. The top two nations in each group advance to the second round, using the same rules as with qualifying. Beginning with the second round (also known as the round of sixteen), a single-elimination format is used. The exception to this is in the semifinals, as the two losing nations in the semifinals still move on to face off in the third-place playoff.
Results are determined by using a scorinator of some sort. In early times spreadsheets were the most common method. But beginning with the World Cup 14 use of Java program Leagion, created by Rejistania, dedicated programs have steadily increased in popularity. Contemporary choices include Vephrall's NSFS (latest version 3.0.1) and Commerce Heights's xkoranate, the latter of which offers three different formulas for results.
The primary influence on the results is the rank of each nation, though roleplay bonus can also have a moderate effect (the exact influence of each depends on the formula used and hence varies between World Cups).
- For more information, see 'Craziness Encouraged': An Unofficial History of the NationStates World Cup
Upon its institution by Ariddia, there was no qualifying stage and no ranking system, in the World Cup, and match results were determined merely by rolls of the dice. Minor alterations were made to the dice-rolling formula for the second World Cup in Alasdair I Frosticus. Total n Utter Insanity initiated the move away from dice in World Cup 3, and match results were now generated by Excel spreadsheets with, moreover, a qualifying stage appended to the system. This supplementation enabled more nations to participate at any given time, though to this day only thirty-two attain entrance to the World Cup proper. After qualifiers were introduced, the host(s) of the Cup, in addition to the few highest-ranked nations, automatically participated without need of qualification. Ensuing World Cup 7, this too was modified, and thus only the inherent qualification of the host nation(s) prevailed.
In World Cup 9, the RP-bonus was introduced.
The World Cup Committee
The World Cup Committee (WCC) elect the hosts of each World Cup, as well as nominate potential (E)WCC Presidents. So, following reforms proposed by Spaam and passed by the old World Cup Committee (now the Emergency World Cup Committee), all nations who have posted a squad (thereby demonstrating active interest in the Cup) in the two previous Cups earn a place on the WCC. Thus membership of the WCC needs to be 'earned' by a roster/team sheet and must be 'renewed' each cup by signing-up to the Cup and posting a squad for their nation.
For full information on the WCC, including Spaam's proposals, see the WCC article.
The WCC President
Current President: Aguazul
The WCC President acts as something of a figurehead for the World Cup Committee, and is elected from a list of nominees nominated by the WCC. The President calls for and collects the votes for World Cup Host, Cup of Harmony Host and WCC President votes. The President is usually a pillar of the World Cup community and is currently Aguazul.
WCC Presidents are elected every three cups.
The Executive World Cup Committee
The Executive (formerly Emergency) World Cup Committee (EWCC) is made up of representatives from all nations that have hosted a World Cup at some point in the past. Voting privileges are restricted to EWCC members who had at least one nation compete in the most recent World Cup.
As a lot of these experienced nations hang around in #nssport, they provide most of the discussion and ideas for World Cup reform. As such they are consulted in 'Emergency' situations when fast decisions are needed. They also constitute the old 'Host Selection Committee' to decide the hosts of the Cup of Harmony and Baptism of Fire.
Summary by edition
Summary by nation
- Main article: World Cup performance by nation
This summary of the most successful nations in World Cup history, based on number of Cups won, has been updated through World Cup 62.
|Valanora||5||40, 42, 43, 52, 61||47, 51|
|Starblaydia||5||25, 28, 41, 44, 47||30, 63|
|Bedistan||4||21, 26, 27, 30||8, 16, 28|
|Rejistania||4||12, 17, 18, 23||14, 25|
|Aguazul||4||54, 57, 58, 59|
|The Holy Empire||3||48, 60, 62||45, 49, 56, 57|
|Ariddia||3||32, 34, 36||35|
|Liverpool England||2||8, 24||26, 27|
|Europa Brittania||2||9, 11||1|
|Capitalizt SLANI||2||15, 39||41|
|Candelaria And Marquez||2||45, 49||48|
|Sorthern Northland||2||55, 56|
By defeating Liverpool England in the semifinal of World Cup 17, Dance 2 Revolution became the first Post-KPB team (a nation that has only competed in the World Cup since the official use of KPB ranks began in World Cup 12) to make the final. Dance 2 Revolution became the first Post-KPB team to finish in the top 3 in two separate cups by beating Total n Utter Insanity in the World Cup 19 3rd-Placing Match. Dance 2 Revolution's World Cup 19 spotlight was quickly stolen by Crystilakere, who went down in history as the first Post-KPB nation to unseat the veterans and win the World Cup.
Starblaydia and Valanora hold the record for most World Cups won (five), while Bedistan, Starblaydia, Valanora and The Holy Empire have the most final appearances (seven). Capitalizt SLANI claims to inherit Bedistan’s record (after the destruction of Bedistan's football association but before the nation ceased to exist, Bedistani footballers played for Capitalizt SLANI), and thus has won six World Cups, but this is not generally recognized. Audioslavia and The Holy Empire currently hold the record for most losses in the final match, having lost four times (WC12, WC19, WC20, WC29 for Audioslavia and WC45, WC49, WC56, WC7 for The Holy Empire). Many nations have made an appearance in the final more than once; of those, five have never won it: Spaam, Milchama, Demot, The Babbage Islands and Bears Armed.
The World Cup 22 final was one of the earliest unexpected finals, with both nations outside the top 10 in rankings prior to the final. But the most unlikely final in World Cup history may well have been in World Cup 63, where Audioslavia (ranked 39th) defeated Starblaydia (ranked 35th). Another notable case which was almost as unexpected was World Cup 53's , where Dorian and Sonya (ranked 39th) defeated Albundania (ranked 29th).
Rejistania's victory in the final of WC23 ended a run of four consecutive victories for sides from the Atlantian Oceania region (Crystilakere - WC19, Vilita - WC20, Bedistan - WC21, Sarzonia, WC22), though AO was back on top again in World Cup 25 with Starblaydia. There had not been a final without an AO nation appearing in it since World Cup 18 until WC31, when Squornshelous and New Montreal States competed in the final. This also broke a six World Cup winning streak for Atlantian Oceania.
Squornshelous currently holds the record for the most cups participated in: 37 qualification attempts, with 36 finals appearances. Capitalizt SLANI have also made 37 qualification attempts, though with 34 qualifications. The Total n Utter Insanity team, never having lifted the cup, are the team with the most appearances without a World Cup Championship.
The record for the most goals in a World Cup match (qualifying or finals) is 15, in Bedistan's 8-7 defeat of Vilita in World Cup 21. The record for highest number of goals scored in penalty kicks during a finals match was an astounding 25 PKs, with Ariddia scoring 13 to Bazalonia's 12 in World Cup 31. The record winning margin in a World Cup match is 12, in Delaclava's 12-0 win over Mossulia in World Cup 53 qualification. This broke the previous record of 11, in Elves Security Forces' 11-0 defeat of Keyne Island in World Cup 35 qualification. Ravea has a rather more dubious record, the worst qualification record in history. They lost every game in qualification - a feat almost attained in World Cup 12 by Hash n Beans, who won their last match having lost the preceding thirteen - and while Mikele and Vorpal Bunnies held the same dubious distinction, neither had such an abysmal goal difference and they have been almost entirely forgotten. Indeed, Ravea are often wrongly believed to be the only team in history to lose every match in World Cup qualification.
The final top-three finishing nations in World Cup 27 were also the three previous Cup Winners: Bedistan (World Cup 26 champions), Liverpool England (World Cup 24 champions) and Starblaydia (World Cup 25 champions). These were, coincidentally, also the top three finishers in World Cup 28 and World Cup 30. None of these teams, however, got past the quarter-finals at World Cup 29.
The Empire of Vilita became the first to control two nations inside the top 10 of the KPB rankings at the conclusion of World Cup 19. The Emirate of Turori, a colony of Vilita, lost in the quarterfinals of World Cup 19 to eventual runners-up Audioslavia, but their performance as first time hosts earned them a place in the top 10 for the first time, joining their rulers, Vilita. After Vilita won World Cup 20 and Turori made the quarterfinals, the two remained in the top 10 for their third and second consecutive cups respectively, eventually doing one better as both nations found themselves ranked in the top 5, at 2nd and 4th in the list. After World Cup 34, Elves Security Forces were ranked fifth and their puppet Demot tenth; they were ranked first and second after facing each other in the World Cup 43 final (by which time Elves Security Forces were known as Valanora).
In World Cup 43, Valanora and Demot became the first pair of nations controlled by the same user to face each other in a final, while Valanora's eight consecutive Semi-Final appearances (from World Cups 38 to 45 is a record.
With their World Cup 59 win Aguazul became the only nation to win three consecutive World Cups.
With their win in World Cup 63, Audioslavia became the nation to have won the world cup the fartest from their first attempt (WC4 - WC63) with no less than 60, beating The Holy Empire's previous record (WC1 - WC48) of 48.
|Official World Top Ten (KPB)|
|2||The Babbage Islands||46.66|
|5||The Holy Empire||41.31|
|7||Andossa Se Mitrin Vega||39.75|
|Ranks have been updated to pre-WC 60.|
Originally, the NSWC rankings were determined purely on finishing position in the previous Cup. The defending champions would be ranked #1, the team with the best record in qualifying that failed to qualify would be #33, etc. During World Cup 9, the WCC determined that a new ranking system was needed, but it took a while to come to a consensus. World Cup 11 used the RPR system. The majority of the World Cup community disliked that approach, mainly because Total n Utter Insanity failed to explain it and because its implementation tended to have discouraging effects for new nations. Starting with World Cup 12, the KPB ranking system developed by Kaze Progressa with modifications from Bedistan was officially incorporated. The KPB ranking system takes into account the past three World Cups and associated tournaments Cup of Harmony and Baptism of Fire.
The latest rankings are available here.
|NationStates World Cup|
|Editions: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63|
|Affiliated tournaments: Baptism of Fire | Cup of Harmony | Under-21 World Cup / Di Bradini Cup|
|Scorinating: KPB ranking system | Leagion | NSFootySim | Role play ranks (RPR) | Style modifiers|
|Related articles: World Cup Committee | FAQs | Player Hall of Fame | Nation Hall of Fame | "Craziness Encouraged" | Football|