FIFA will award $400M in prize money to the 32 teams who play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia as shown in this cascade (waterfall) chart. The championship winning team will receive $38M and the runners-up $28M. The third and fourth place World Cup teams will receive $24M and $22M, respectively, according to data provided by FIFA.
The rest of the prize money is allocated by groups of World Cup teams. The 5th to 8th place teams share $64M or $16M each. The 9th-16th place share $96M, $12M each. The bottom 16 teams share $128M, receiving $8M each.
How I Created the Cascade Chart
The data for the chart are relatively simple and easily accessible from the FIFA World Cup website. I wanted to show the size of the prize pool and the amounts going to each team, based on their results. I used the cascade as it allowed me to show single segment bars for the 5th-32nd place teams and a stacked bar for the top 4. I could use the segment labels to show the per team prize for the 5th-32nd place teams.
Here are the steps I took to create the chart:
- typed the data into the Mekko Graphics Data Editor with separate rows for each segment
- showed segment labels and values in each segment
- set number formats for bar totals and segment values to $M
- edited the labels for the first three segments to eliminate the values
- added the y axis title
- removed the axis lines and tick marks
- adjusted chart margins
- changed the series/segment colors to use shades of brown in the 1st-4th place bar and different colors in the other bars.
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