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 2014 in Brazil.
The tournament, which takes place over the course of a month, will next be held in Russia in 2018. Teams all over the world will be participating in qualifying matches leading up to the World Cup.
For ticket information, tournament schedule, accommodations, Russia travel information, team statistics and information on past tournaments, visit the 2018 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 Brazilian tourism agency expected over 480,000 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 70,000 additional jobs related directly to the 2014 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 2018 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.
Volunteering for the World Cup
There was a great deal of information regarding becoming a volunteer for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The same will be true for Qatar.
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.