With a World Cup qualifier coming up, many of the country’s most popular soccer teams are looking to secure a spot on the field for next year’s tournament.
But the stakes for the likes of England, Russia, Brazil and even the U.S. are significantly higher than last year.
Here’s a look at some of the soccer teams competing in the event, which kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.1.
Argentina’s Argentinians will be the defending world champions for the first time in their history.
Argentina is currently the top-ranked team in the world in terms of points, and they have the chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as the only unbeaten team.
However, they’re not the only team vying for a spot in the tournament, as Argentina’s other semifinalists, Colombia and Ghana, are all looking to claim the top spot.2.
Germany, who lost their World Cup semifinal to Portugal in the group stage, is hoping to make the cut for the 2019 World Cup.
The Germans are also looking to extend their winning streak to six matches and claim their first ever World Cup title.3.
Germany has been one of the favorites for the right to host the 2019 FIFA World Champion for quite some time now.
The team was the host of the 2018 Confederations Cup, and won the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Monaco.
However a number of other European nations, including Portugal, Italy and Spain, have shown interest in hosting the tournament.4.
Portugal is looking to host next year.
The Portuguese national team will play host to the 2019 UEFA Champions Cup for the second straight year, but will be looking to prove their mettle once again with a 1-0 victory over Brazil in a World Championship qualifier at the Estadio do Maracanã on March 23.
The game will be a rematch of the last time Portugal hosted the tournament in the same stadium in 2018, where they came away with a 3-2 aggregate victory.5.
The Netherlands are looking for a second straight FIFA World Championship crown, but are now looking to repeat their 2018 performance with a win against Belgium in a friendly match on April 6 in San Antonio, Texas.
The match will be held in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 fans at the Alamodome.6.
Brazil is looking for its third consecutive World Cup crown.
The host nation is looking at an easy semifinal spot and will be hoping to qualify through the group stages, where the winner will face off against Germany and Portugal.
The next four teams will be seeded based on their FIFA rankings and form.7.
Colombia is looking forward to hosting the 2019 Fifa World Cup, but it’s not looking to go the traditional route of a World Club Championship.
Instead, the nation is aiming to take the World Cup to its home country of Colombia.
The country will be hosting the World Club Cup in 2019 in San Francisco, where Colombia will play its first home match in more than a decade.8.
Italy will be holding a World Soccer Cup qualifier against Croatia in April, with the game set to be played at the Arena del Ponte in the city of Pernambuco.
The two sides will face each other in a group stage match on the final day of the tournament to determine who advances to the knockout round.9.
Germany is looking toward a return to the World Championships after winning their last tournament.
The nation is hoping that they can earn a spot at the 2019 event and will hope to qualify as early as the second week of March.10.
France is looking towards the 2019 edition of the UEFA Champions, and the winner of the qualifying match against Spain will be awarded a spot to host an international friendly against the Netherlands on March 16 in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPN.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place from June 16 to June 18 in South Africa.
It’s not just the host nation that is looking ahead to the tournament and is looking on to the final tournament.
There are also a number international qualifiers in the works.
One of those is Brazil, which will be heading to the FIFA Women World Cup in 2018.
Here’s the complete list of all the soccer nations in the Americas participating in the 2019 Women’s FIFA World Cups.