Your Guide to the World Cup and the Gospel

Jun 3, 2018 | Sports Friends International

In 2014, over 3.2 billion people, almost half the world’s population, tuned in to watch the World Cup in Brazil. In many ways, sports are a universal language. They unite people across countries, languages, and cultures. Sporting events inspire us and many of us can quickly name off our sporting heroes. So, with the eyes of the world (and your neighbors) turning to the World Cup in Russia next week, how can we make the most of this opportunity for sharing the gospel? Here’s a selection of some great free resources we pulled together as you prayerfully consider how you might share Jesus with those around you who also love sports!

  1. Does God Care Who Wins?
  2. In Defense of Sports
  3. What does the Bible say about… sport?
  4. World Cup Resource Pack from Scripture Union

Think you know who’s going to win? Make your predictions on Fifa’s Bracket Challenge, and you could win some Sports Friends apparel!* Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Play Bracket Challenge”
  3. Register with a username and password
  4. Create your own bracket predictions
  5. Click “My  Brackets” then “Join a League” and enter the code 4bf132c1 to join the Sports Friends bracket

*All are welcome to join the bracket, but only U.S. participants are eligible to win apparel.