10 Fast Facts about World Cup Supply Chain and Logistics

10 Fast Facts about World Cup Supply Chain and Logistics

It’s the world’s most viewed sporting event, with an estimated 3.5 billion people tuning in to the action. Russia 2018 is set to take the world by storm in June, with 32 teams from around the world fighting it out on the pitch for global domination.

The World Cup is a carnival of emotion that takes viewers on a rollercoaster over five long weeks. But the figures behind the World Cup go far beyond just the players. Here are 10 World Cup supply chain and logistics facts that really show how big the event is.

The media magic requires 2,000 km of cable

Video coverage is a big deal at the World Cup, with billions of dollars of sponsorship money based on World Cup coverage rights. Ensuring you have the right facilities means a lot of forward planning. It’s estimated the World Cup 2014 utilised 2,240 kilometres of cable to wire up broadcasting studios. That’s enough to stretch from KL to Ho Chi Minh City and back.

16,746 members of the media need mentioned

Brazil 2014 meant sourcing the materials and facilities to print  media accreditations. That means there were roughly 261 members of the media for each of the 64 games. Too many perhaps? Well that’s only 1 for every 200,000 viewers.

You need 3,240 balls to hold a World Cup

The World Cup requires a total of 3,240 uniquely branded footballs. These footballs must be crafted to exacting specifications, with only 13% of the world’s footballs meeting International Match Standards.

Pakistan provides the balls

It might not be represented by a team, but Pakistan takes pride of place on the pitch. The town of Sialkot in Pakistan will be responsible for manufacturing all balls used in Russia 2018. In fact this town is an essential lynchpin in the global football supply chain, producing around 70% of the world’s footballs.

Brazil had a 280,000 km long player supply chain

Players and their possessions had to fly 280,000 km during the World Cup 2014 tournament in Brazil, creating an interlinked national supply chain with a combined distance that could have circled the world seven times over.

Millions of fans means millions of meals

Food and beverage supplies had to be secured to supply over 3.1 million transactions within stadiums over the course of the 2014 competition. That’s not even bringing in the greater supply needs of local hospitality outside the stadiums.

World Cups recycle a tonne of waste

Over 420 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected from stadiums and facilities during the tournament in Brazil. Ensuring this waste was recycled formed a core part of attempts to maintain a sustainable supply chain cycle at the tournament.

But they make a tonne more

Waste management for the FIFA World Cup 2014 had to handle over 2.3 billion tonnes of waste across all matches and associated events. Only 775.7 million tonnes of that waste was recyclable, making for a challenging overall supply chain footprint!

A fleet of vehicles requires a lot of fuel

The World Cup 2014 vehicle fleet had thousands of vehicles driven by over 2,000 drivers to ferry players and officials to and from matches and events. The total fuel use of the World Cup 2014 fleet amounted to over 773,000 litres of fuel. Keeping that fleet going requires some smart fuel procurement.

Good procurement makes an affordable tournament

Finally to World Cup Russia 2018, where the most recent estimate of costs are set to overrun by US$600 million. Many analysts point to the escalating costs of stadiums and lack of transparency around construction as the major factor.

Of course transparency and improved efficiency are what e-procurement is all about! It’s too late for Russia 2018 to take advantage, but no matter what happens off the pitch, we’re sure the action on it will be amazing to watch.