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FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasting model uses ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) — a system that combines game- and player-based ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level — to calculate odds of each country’s performance during the two stages of the World Cup. The probabilities are based on 10,000 simulations and will be updated at the end of each match.
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Ritchie King is senior editor for data visualization at FiveThirtyEight.

Allison McCann is a visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Matthew Conlen is a computational journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

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