Cascade/waterfall chart shows prize money for the 32 teams competing in the FIFA 2018 World Cup

FIFA 2018 World Cup Prize Money

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.

Cascade/Waterfall Chart

Cascade/waterfall chart shows prize money for the 32 teams competing in the FIFA 2018 World Cup

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.

Take This Chart and Make It Your Own

Download this chart and edit it using Mekko Graphics.  Learn more about how to use Cascade charts.

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