If you haven’t heard already, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is starting soon! From June 12-July 13, 2014, all eyes will be on Brazil for the largest sporting event of the summer.

Whether you call it soccer or football, the World Cup celebrates what is likely the most popular sport in the world. Don’t agree? More than 200 countries tried out for the 2014 World Cup – it really is played everywhere!

Need more convincing that soccer is the best? Check out this blog post on the Bleacher Report.

The World Cup is played as follows: 32 teams compete in 8 groups – winners of each group advance to a knockout stage, then to quarter finals, semifinals and eventually a champion is named.

Check out the FIFA World Cup website to see match schedules, news stories, and interactive timelines of past World Cup tournaments: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/.

The FIFA World Cup brings an opportunity to celebrate diverse cultures coming together for one common purpose and mutual passion. One way this is expressed is through releasing an album for each tournament full of upbeat songs with international flair to accompany the games. This year’s album is titled “One Love, One Rhythm”. Listen to the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup song, “We are One (Ole Ola)” here.

One Love World Cup

The World Cup celebrations don’t end in Brazil – this year we have a variety of ways you can celebrate the event right here in East Lansing!

• Watch the game with friends at the International Center. Every game will be televised live on big screens in the Crossroads Food Court, with food options to enjoy in a family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of room.

• Try out your own soccer skills at a FREE Soccer Clinic organized by OISS! With coaching from MSU Men’s Soccer and the new Lansing United team, this clinic offers training and scrimmage opportunities for kids aged 5-12 and adults 18 and up. The clinic will be on Saturday, June 14th from Noon – 3pm right here on campus!

Find out more and register for this fun community event here.

We hope you join in the festivities and celebration this summer. Who will YOU be rooting for?

Joy WJoy Walteralter is the Community Outreach Coordinator for OISS. Her experiences growing up as a “third culture kid” in Bangladesh and Malaysia have instilled in her the idea that the world is a big place made much easier to understand through the valuable help of intercultural communication, education and outreach. She is passionate about getting international students off campus and engaged in the Greater Lansing community and loves finding the hidden spots around town that make Lansing great. She has also recently become an avid fútbol fan — she’ll see you at the big screen to catch all the action this summer!