World Cup Soccer Jobs
The World Cup is the largest soccer tournament in the world. Held every four years since its conception in 1930 (except for two occasions in 1942 and 1946), the World Cup has garnered the attention of millions of fans in perhaps the most widely watched sporting event in the world.
Led and organized by FIFA, the most recent World Cup was held in 2010 in South Africa. It was the first World Cup to be held in Africa.
The tournament, which takes place over the course of a month, will next be held in Brazil in 2014. Teams all over the world will be participating in qualifying matches leading up to the World Cup.
For ticket information, tournament schedule, accommodations, Brazil travel information, team statistics and information on past tournaments, visit the 2014 FIFA World Cup homepage.
FIFA World Cup Jobs
It takes an army – or two armies – of people to put on the World Cup every four years. The South Africa tourism agency expected over 450,000 tourists over the span of six weeks before and during the tournament, creating a huge number of jobs in the tourism industry. The increase in tourism alone created thousands of jobs in hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related areas and as many as 80,000 additional jobs related directly to the 2010 World Cup. A majority of these jobs are given to local residents as construction, media, transportation, officiating, technology, and a wealth of other jobs are being resourced out of the host countries. Many FIFA officials, however, are also employed and working towards each World Cup. Check the FIFA website for 2014 World Cup job opportunities, especially for positions with FIFA.
Future World Cups
On December 2, 2010, FIFA announced that the 2018 World Cup would be held in Russia and the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.
World Cup Travel Info
Visit our partner FrugalMonkey.com for Brazil World Cup travel information. For the South Africa World Cup you could have tapped into resources provided by Cape Town travel writer Nicolene Van der Poll, who works in the South Africa travel industry. She shared excellent insights on what to see and do in S.A. during the World Cup. Her articles included:
- Pretoria Hotels for the World Cup
- East Coast South Africa Trips
- South Africa World Cup Accommodations
FrugalMonkey will provide similar information about the Brazil event too.
Volunteering for the World Cup
There was a great deal of information regarding becoming a volunteer for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The same will be true for Brazil.
Volunteers are needed in nearly every event planning and execution arena in order for the World Cup to be successful. Most of the volunteers will be assisting the tournament in each of the different host cities in transportation, accreditation, hospitality, information services and administration. All volunteers must have their applications in by a specified date (TBD) and will be informed of their official position in advance of the event. In order to be considered as a volunteer you must be older than 18 years old by a certain date (TBD). No independent applications are accepted because each volunteer needs to apply directly through the FIFA World Cup Volunteer’s webpage.
Volunteers began applying for South Africa in July 2009. Stay tuned for Brazil 2014 information.