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The FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football
Football
Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s), compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month. The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight national teams. Brazil
Brazil
have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Germany
Germany
and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina
Argentina
and inaugural winner Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France
France
and Spain, with one title each. The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.[1][2][3][4]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Previous international competitions 1.2 World Cups before World War II 1.3 World Cups after World War II 1.4 Expansion to 32 teams 1.5 Expansion to 48 teams 1.6 2015 FIFA
FIFA
corruption case 1.7 Other FIFA
FIFA
tournaments

2 Trophy 3 Format

3.1 Qualification 3.2 Final tournament

4 Hosts

4.1 Selection process 4.2 Performances

5 Attendance 6 Broadcasting and promotion 7 Results

7.1 Teams reaching the top four 7.2 Best performances by continental zones

8 Awards 9 Records and statistics

9.1 Top goalscorers 9.2 All-time table for champions

10 See also 11 Notes and references 12 Bibliography 13 External links

History Main article: History of the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup Previous international competitions The world's first international football match was a challenge match played in Glasgow
Glasgow
in 1872 between Scotland and England,[5] which ended in a 0–0 draw. The first international tournament, the inaugural edition of the British Home Championship, took place in 1884.[6] As football grew in popularity in other parts of the world at the turn of the 20th century, it was held as a demonstration sport with no medals awarded at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics (however, the IOC has retroactively upgraded their status to official events), and at the 1906 Intercalated Games.[7] After FIFA
FIFA
was founded in 1904, it tried to arrange an international football tournament between nations outside the Olympic framework in Switzerland
Switzerland
in 1906. These were very early days for international football, and the official history of FIFA
FIFA
describes the competition as having been a failure.[8] At the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, football became an official competition. Planned by The Football Association
The Football Association
(FA), England's football governing body, the event was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a show rather than a competition. Great Britain (represented by the England
England
national amateur football team) won the gold medals. They repeated the feat in 1912 in Stockholm. With the Olympic event continuing to be contested only between amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton
Thomas Lipton
organised the Sir Thomas Lipton
Thomas Lipton
Trophy tournament in Turin
Turin
in 1909. The Lipton tournament was a championship between individual clubs (not national teams) from different nations, each one of which represented an entire nation. The competition is sometimes described as The First World Cup,[9] and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany
Germany
and Switzerland, but the FA of England
England
refused to be associated with the competition and declined the offer to send a professional team. Lipton invited West Auckland, an amateur side from County Durham, to represent England
England
instead. West Auckland won the tournament and returned in 1911 to successfully defend their title. In 1914, FIFA
FIFA
agreed to recognise the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took responsibility for managing the event.[10] This paved the way for the world's first intercontinental football competition, at the 1920 Summer Olympics, contested by Egypt and 13 European teams, and won by Belgium.[11] Uruguay
Uruguay
won the next two Olympic football tournaments in 1924 and 1928. Those were also the first two open world championships, as 1924 was the start of FIFA's professional era. World Cups before World War II

Estadio Centenario, the location of the first World Cup final in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay

Due to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA, with President Jules Rimet
Jules Rimet
as the driving force, again started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics. On 28 May 1928, the FIFA
FIFA
Congress in Amsterdam
Amsterdam
decided to stage a world championship itself.[12] With Uruguay
Uruguay
now two-time official football world champions and to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA
FIFA
named Uruguay
Uruguay
as the host country of the inaugural World Cup tournament. The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay
Uruguay
as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides. Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition. Rimet eventually persuaded teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia to make the trip. In total, 13 nations took part: seven from South America, four from Europe and two from North America. The first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously on 13 July 1930, and were won by France
France
and the USA, who defeated Mexico
Mexico
4–1 and Belgium 3–0 respectively. The first goal in World Cup history was scored by Lucien Laurent of France.[13] In the final, Uruguay defeated Argentina
Argentina
4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people in Montevideo, and in doing so became the first nation to win the World Cup.[14] After the creation of the World Cup, FIFA
FIFA
and the IOC disagreed over the status of amateur players, and so football was dropped from the 1932 Summer Olympics.[15] Olympic football returned at the 1936 Summer Olympics, but was now overshadowed by the more prestigious World Cup. The issues facing the early World Cup tournaments were the difficulties of intercontinental travel, and war. Few South American teams were willing to travel to Europe for the 1934 and all North and South American nations except Brazil
Brazil
and Cuba boycotted the 1938 tournament. Brazil
Brazil
were the only South American team to compete in both. The 1942 and 1946 competitions, which Germany
Germany
and Brazil
Brazil
sought to host,[16] were cancelled due to World War II
World War II
and its aftermath. World Cups after World War II The 1950 World Cup, held in Brazil, was the first to include British participants. British teams withdrew from FIFA
FIFA
in 1920, partly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against foreign influence on football,[17] but rejoined in 1946 following FIFA's invitation.[18] The tournament also saw the return of 1930 champions Uruguay, who had boycotted the previous two World Cups. Uruguay
Uruguay
won the tournament again after defeating the host nation Brazil, in the match called "Maracanazo" (Portuguese: Maracanaço). In the tournaments between 1934 and 1978, 16 teams competed in each tournament, except in 1938, when Austria was absorbed into Germany after qualifying, leaving the tournament with 15 teams, and in 1950, when India, Scotland, and Turkey withdrew, leaving the tournament with 13 teams.[19] Most of the participating nations were from Europe and South America, with a small minority from North America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. These teams were usually defeated easily by the European and South American teams. Until 1982, the only teams from outside Europe and South America to advance out of the first round were: USA, semi-finalists in 1930; Cuba, quarter-finalists in 1938; North Korea, quarter-finalists in 1966; and Mexico, quarter-finalists in 1970. Expansion to 32 teams The tournament was expanded to 24 teams in 1982,[20] and then to 32 in 1998,[21] also allowing more teams from Africa, Asia and North America to take part. Since then, teams from these regions have enjoyed more success, with several having reached the quarter-finals: Mexico, quarter-finalists in 1986; Cameroon, quarter-finalists in 1990; South Korea, finishing in fourth place in 2002; Senegal, along with USA, both quarter-finalists in 2002; Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010; and Costa Rica, quarter-finalists in 2014. Nevertheless, European and South American teams continue to dominate, e.g., the quarter-finalists in 1994, 1998, and 2006 were all from Europe or South America and so were the finalists of all tournaments so far. Two hundred teams entered the 2002 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualification rounds; 198 nations attempted to qualify for the 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, while a record 204 countries entered qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[22] Expansion to 48 teams In October 2013, Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter
spoke of guaranteeing the Caribbean Football
Football
Union's region a position in the World Cup.[23] In the 25 October 2013 edition of the FIFA
FIFA
Weekly Blatter wrote that: "From a purely sporting perspective, I would like to see globalisation finally taken seriously, and the African and Asian national associations accorded the status they deserve at the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup. It cannot be that the European and South American confederations lay claim to the majority of the berths at the World Cup."[24] Those two remarks suggested to commentators that Blatter could be putting himself forward for re-election to the FIFA
FIFA
Presidency.[25] Following the magazine's publication, Blatter's would-be opponent for the FIFA
FIFA
Presidency, UEFA
UEFA
President Michel Platini
Michel Platini
responded that he intended to extend the World Cup to 40 national associations, increasing the number of participants by eight. Platini said that he would allocate an additional berth to UEFA, two to Asia Football Confederation and Confederation of African Football, two shared between CONCACAF
CONCACAF
and CONMEBOL, and a guaranteed place for the Oceania Football
Football
Confederation.[26] Platini was clear about why he wanted to expand the World Cup. He said: "[The World Cup is] not based on the quality of the teams because you don't have the best 32 at the World Cup ... but it's a good compromise. ... It's a political matter so why not have more Africans? The competition is to bring all the people of all the world. If you don't give the possibility to participate, they don't improve."[26] In October 2016 FIFA
FIFA
president Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino
stated his support for a 48-team World Cup in 2026.[27] On 10 January 2017, FIFA
FIFA
confirmed the 2026 World Cup will have 48 finalist teams.[28] 2015 FIFA
FIFA
corruption case Main article: 2015 FIFA
FIFA
corruption case By May 2015, the games were under a particularly dark cloud because of the 2015 FIFA
FIFA
corruption case, allegations and criminal charges of bribery, fraud and money laundering to corrupt the issuing of media and marketing rights (rigged bids) for FIFA
FIFA
games,[29] with FIFA officials accused of taking bribes totaling more than $150 million over 24 years. In late May, the U.S. Justice Department announced a 47-count indictment with charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy against 14 people. Arrests of over a dozen FIFA officials were made since that time, particularly on May 29 and December 3.[30] By the end of May 2015, a total of nine FIFA
FIFA
officials and five executives of sports and broadcasting markets had already been charged on corruption. At the time, FIFA
FIFA
president Sepp Blatter announced he would relinquish his position in February 2016.[31] On 4 June 2015 Chuck Blazer
Chuck Blazer
while co-operating with the FBI
FBI
and the Swiss authorities admitted that he and the other members of FIFA's then-executive committee were bribed in order to promote the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.[32] On 10 June 2015 Swiss authorities seized computer data from the offices of Sepp Blatter.[33] The same day, FIFA postponed the bidding process for the 2026 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup in light of the allegations surrounding bribery in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Then-secretary general Jérôme Valcke
Jérôme Valcke
stated, "Due to the situation, I think it's nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being."[34] On 28 October 2015, Blatter and FIFA
FIFA
VP Michel Platini, a potential candidate for presidency, were suspended for 90 days; both maintained their innocence in statements made to the news media.[35] On 3 December 2015 two FIFA
FIFA
vice-presidents were arrested on suspicion of bribery in the same Zurich hotel where seven FIFA
FIFA
officials had been arrested in May.[36] An additional 16 indictments by the U.S. Department of Justice were announced on the same day.[37] Other FIFA
FIFA
tournaments An equivalent tournament for women's football, the FIFA
FIFA
Women's World Cup, was first held in 1991 in China.[38] The women's tournament is smaller in scale and profile than the men's, but is growing; the number of entrants for the 2007 tournament was 120, more than double that of 1991.[39] Men's football has been included in every Summer Olympic Games
Olympic Games
except 1896 and 1932. Unlike many other sports, the men's football tournament at the Olympics is not a top-level tournament, and since 1992, an under-23 tournament with each team allowed three over-age players.[40] Women's football made its Olympic debut in 1996. The FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup is a tournament held one year before the World Cup at the World Cup host nation(s) as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming World Cup. It is contested by the winners of each of the six FIFA
FIFA
confederation championships, along with the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup champion and the host country.[41] FIFA
FIFA
also organises international tournaments for youth football (FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA
FIFA
U-17 World Cup, FIFA
FIFA
U-20 Women's World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup), club football ( FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup), and football variants such as futsal ( FIFA
FIFA
Futsal
Futsal
World Cup) and beach soccer ( FIFA
FIFA
Beach Soccer World Cup). The latter three do not have a women's version, although a FIFA
FIFA
Women's Club World Cup has been proposed.[42] The FIFA
FIFA
U-20 Women's World Cup is held the year before each Women's World Cup and both tournaments are awarded in a single bidding process. The U-20 tournament serves as a dress rehearsal for the larger competition.[43] Trophy Main article: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup Trophy

FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

From 1930 to 1970, the Jules Rimet
Jules Rimet
Trophy was awarded to the World Cup winning team. It was originally simply known as the World Cup or Coupe du Monde, but in 1946 it was renamed after the FIFA
FIFA
president Jules Rimet who set up the first tournament. In 1970, Brazil's third victory in the tournament entitled them to keep the trophy permanently. However, the trophy was stolen in 1983 and has never been recovered, apparently melted down by the thieves.[44] After 1970, a new trophy, known as the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup Trophy, was designed. The experts of FIFA, coming from seven countries, evaluated the 53 presented models, finally opting for the work of the Italian designer Silvio Gazzaniga. The new trophy is 36 cm (14.2 in) high, made of solid 18 carat (75%) gold and weighs 6.175 kg (13.6 lb). The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite while the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved year and name of each FIFA
FIFA
World Cup winner since 1974. The description of the trophy by Gazzaniga was: "The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture rise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory."[45] This new trophy is not awarded to the winning nation permanently. World Cup winners retain the trophy only until the post-match celebration is finished. They are awarded a gold-plated replica rather than the solid gold original immediately afterwards.[46] Currently, all members (players, coaches, and managers) of the top three teams receive medals with an insignia of the World Cup Trophy; winners' (gold), runners-up' (silver), and third-place (bronze). In the 2002 edition, fourth-place medals were awarded to hosts South Korea. Before the 1978 tournament, medals were only awarded to the eleven players on the pitch at the end of the final and the third-place match. In November 2007, FIFA
FIFA
announced that all members of World Cup-winning squads between 1930 and 1974 were to be retroactively awarded winners' medals.[47][48][49] Format Qualification Main article: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup qualification Since the second World Cup in 1934, qualifying tournaments have been held to thin the field for the final tournament.[50] They are held within the six FIFA
FIFA
continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, and Europe), overseen by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA
FIFA
decides the number of places awarded to each of the continental zones beforehand, generally based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams. The qualification process can start as early as almost three years before the final tournament and last over a two-year period. The formats of the qualification tournaments differ between confederations. Usually, one or two places are awarded to winners of intercontinental play-offs. For example, the winner of the Oceanian zone and the fifth-placed team from the Asian zone entered a play-off for a spot in the 2010 World Cup.[51] From the 1938 World Cup onwards, host nations receive automatic qualification to the final tournament. This right was also granted to the defending champions between 1938 and 2002, but was withdrawn from the 2006 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup onward, requiring the champions to qualify. Brazil, winners in 2002, were the first defending champions to play qualifying matches.[52] Final tournament For the various formats used in previous tournaments, see History of the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup § Format of each final tournament. The current final tournament has been used since 1998 and features 32 national teams competing over the course of a month in the host nation(s). There are two stages: the group stage followed by the knockout stage.[53] In the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Eight teams are seeded, including the hosts, with the other seeded teams selected using a formula based on the FIFA
FIFA
World Rankings and/or performances in recent World Cups, and drawn to separate groups.[54] The other teams are assigned to different "pots", usually based on geographical criteria, and teams in each pot are drawn at random to the eight groups. Since 1998, constraints have been applied to the draw to ensure that no group contains more than two European teams or more than one team from any other confederation.[55] Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. This means that a total of six matches are played within a group. The last round of matches of each group is scheduled at the same time to preserve fairness among all four teams.[56] The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. Points are used to rank the teams within a group. Since 1994, three points have been awarded for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss (before, winners received two points). If one considers all possible outcomes (win, draw, loss) for all six matches in a group, there are 729 (= 36) outcome combinations possible. However, 207 of these combinations lead to ties between the second and third places. In such case, the ranking among these teams is determined as follows:[57]

Greatest combined goal difference in all group matches Greatest combined number of goals scored in all group matches If more than one team remain level after applying the above criteria, their ranking will be determined as follows:

Greatest number of points in head-to-head matches among those teams Greatest goal difference in head-to-head matches among those teams Greatest number of goals scored in head-to-head matches among those teams

If any of the teams above remain level after applying the above criteria, their ranking will be determined by the drawing of lots

The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament in which teams play each other in one-off matches, with extra time and penalty shootouts used to decide the winner if necessary. It begins with the round of 16 (or the second round) in which the winner of each group plays against the runner-up of another group. This is followed by the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the third-place match (contested by the losing semi-finalists), and the final.[53] On 10 January 2017, FIFA
FIFA
approved a new format, the 48-team World Cup (to accommodate more teams), which consists of 16 groups of three teams each, with two teams qualifying from each group, to form a round of 32 knockout stage, to be implemented by 2026.[58] Hosts Main article: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup hosts

Map of FIFA
FIFA
World Cup final hosts, 1930–2022. Green: once; dark green: twice; light green: planned

Selection process Early World Cups were given to countries at meetings of FIFA's congress. The locations were controversial because South America and Europe were by far the two centres of strength in football and travel between them required three weeks by boat. The decision to hold the first World Cup in Uruguay, for example, led to only four European nations competing.[59] The next two World Cups were both held in Europe. The decision to hold the second of these in France
France
was disputed, as the South American countries understood that the location would alternate between the two continents. Both Argentina
Argentina
and Uruguay thus boycotted the 1938 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup.[60] Since the 1958 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, to avoid future boycotts or controversy, FIFA
FIFA
began a pattern of alternating the hosts between the Americas and Europe, which continued until the 1998 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup. The 2002 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup, hosted jointly by South Korea
South Korea
and Japan, was the first one held in Asia, and the only tournament with multiple hosts.[61] South Africa
South Africa
became the first African nation to host the World Cup in 2010. The 2014 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup was hosted by Brazil, the first held in South America since Argentina
Argentina
1978,[62] and was the first occasion where consecutive World Cups were held outside Europe.

Russian delegates celebrate being chosen as the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The host country is now chosen in a vote by FIFA's Council. This is done under an exhaustive ballot system. The national football association of a country desiring to host the event receives a "Hosting Agreement" from FIFA, which explains the steps and requirements that are expected from a strong bid. The bidding association also receives a form, the submission of which represents the official confirmation of the candidacy. After this, a FIFA designated group of inspectors visit the country to identify that the country meets the requirements needed to host the event and a report on the country is produced. The decision on who will host the World Cup is usually made six or seven years in advance of the tournament. However, there have been occasions where the hosts of multiple future tournaments were announced at the same time, as was the case for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia
Russia
and Qatar, with Qatar
Qatar
becoming the first Middle Eastern country to host the tournament.[63][64] For the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the final tournament is rotated between confederations, allowing only countries from the chosen confederation (Africa in 2010, South America in 2014) to bid to host the tournament. The rotation policy was introduced after the controversy surrounding Germany's victory over South Africa
South Africa
in the vote to host the 2006 tournament. However, the policy of continental rotation will not continue beyond 2014, so any country, except those belonging to confederations that hosted the two preceding tournaments, can apply as hosts for World Cups starting from 2018.[65] This is partly to avoid a similar scenario to the bidding process for the 2014 tournament, where Brazil
Brazil
was the only official bidder. Performances See also: Results of host nations in the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup Six of the eight champions have won one of their titles while playing in their own homeland, the exceptions being Brazil, who finished as runners-up after losing the deciding match on home soil in 1950 and lost their semifinal against Germany
Germany
in 2014, and Spain, which reached the second round on home soil in 1982. England
England
(1966) and France (1998) won their only titles while playing as host nations. Uruguay (1930), Italy
Italy
(1934) and Argentina
Argentina
(1978) won their first titles as host nations but have gone on to win again, while Germany
Germany
(1974) won their second title on home soil.[66] Other nations have also been successful when hosting the tournament. Switzerland
Switzerland
(quarter-finals 1954), Sweden
Sweden
(runners-up in 1958), Chile (third place in 1962), South Korea
South Korea
(fourth place in 2002), and Mexico (quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986) all have their best results when serving as hosts. So far, South Africa
South Africa
(2010) has been the only host nation to fail to advance beyond the first round.[67] Attendance See also: List of sports attendance figures

Year Host country Venues/ Cities Total attendance Matches Average attendance Highest attendances

Highest attendance † Venue of best-attended game(s) † Best attended game(s) †

1930  Uruguay 3/1 590,549 18 32,808 93,000 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo Uruguay
Uruguay
6–1 Yugoslavia, Semi-final

1934  Italy 8/8 363,000 17 21,353 55,000 Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome Italy
Italy
2–1 Czechoslovakia, Final

1938  France 10/9 375,700 18 20,872 58,455 Olympique de Colombes, Paris France
France
1–3 Italy, Quarter-final

1950  Brazil 6/6 1,045,246 22 47,511 171,772 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Brazil
1–2 Uruguay, Deciding match

1954   Switzerland 6/6 768,607 26 29,562 63,000 Wankdorf Stadium, Bern West Germany
Germany
3–2 Hungary, Final

1958  Sweden 12/12 819,810 35 23,423 50,928 Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg Brazil
Brazil
2–0 Soviet Union, Group stage

1962  Chile 4/4 893,172 32 27,912 68,679 Estadio Nacional, Santiago Brazil
Brazil
4–2 Chile, Semi-final

1966  England 8/7 1,563,135 32 48,848 98,270 Wembley Stadium, London England
England
4–2 West Germany, Final

1970  Mexico 5/5 1,603,975 32 50,124 108,192 Estadio Azteca, Mexico
Mexico
City Mexico
Mexico
1–0 Belgium, Group stage

1974  West Germany 9/9 1,865,753 38 49,099 83,168 Olympiastadion, West Berlin West Germany
Germany
1–0 Chile, Group stage

1978  Argentina 6/5 1,545,791 38 40,679 71,712 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires Italy
Italy
1–0 Argentina, Group stage

1982  Spain 17/14 2,109,723 52 40,572 95,500 Camp Nou, Barcelona Argentina
Argentina
0–1 Belgium, Opening match

1986  Mexico 12/11 2,394,031 52 46,039 114,600 Estadio Azteca, Mexico
Mexico
City Mexico
Mexico
1–1 Paraguay, Group stage Argentina
Argentina
3–2 West Germany, Final

1990  Italy 12/12 2,516,215 52 48,389 74,765 San Siro, Milan West Germany
Germany
4–1 Yugoslavia, Group stage

1994  United States 9/9 3,587,538 52 68,991 94,194 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California Brazil
Brazil
0(3)–(2)0 Italy, Final

1998  France 10/10 2,785,100 64 43,517 80,000 Stade de France, Saint-Denis Brazil
Brazil
0–3 France, Final

2002  South Korea  Japan 10/10 10/10 2,705,197 64 42,269 69,029 International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan Brazil
Brazil
2–0 Germany, Final

2006  Germany 12/12 3,359,439 64 52,491 72,000 Olympiastadion, Berlin Germany
Germany
1(4)–(2)1 Argentina, Quarter-final

2010  South Africa 10/9 3,178,856 64 49,670 84,490 Soccer City, Johannesburg Spain
Spain
1–0 Netherlands, Final

2014  Brazil 12/12 3,429,873 64 53,592 74,738 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Germany
Germany
1–0 Argentina, Final

2018  Russia 12/11

64

2022  Qatar 8/6

64

Overall 37,500,710 836 44,857 171,772 Maracanã Stadium, Rio (1950)

The best-attended single match, shown in the last three columns, has been the final in half of the 20 World Cups as of 2014. Another match or matches drew more attendance than the final in 1930, 1938, 1958, 1962, 1970–1982, 1990 and 2006.

Source: FIFA[68]

Broadcasting and promotion See also: List of FIFA
FIFA
World Cup broadcasters

Adidas Teamgeist
Adidas Teamgeist
football, commissioned for the 2006 World Cup

The World Cup was first televised in 1954 and is now the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world. The cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 World Cup is estimated to be 26.29 billion.[1] 715.1 million individuals watched the final match of this tournament (a ninth of the entire population of the planet). The 2006 World Cup draw, which decided the distribution of teams into groups, was watched by 300 million viewers.[69] The World Cup attracts many sponsors such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's
McDonald's
and Adidas. For these companies and many more, being a sponsor strongly impacts their global brands. Host countries typically experience a multimillion-dollar revenue increase from the month-long event. The governing body of the sport, FIFA, generated $4.8 billion in revenue from the 2014 tournament.[70] Each FIFA
FIFA
World Cup since 1966 has its own mascot or logo. World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 competition, was the first World Cup mascot.[71] Recent World Cups have also featured official match balls specially designed for each World Cup. The World Cup even has a statistically significant effect on birth rates, the male/female sex ratio of newborns, and heart attacks in nations whose national teams are competing.[72][73][74] Hosting the World Cup or a home team's win tends to increase male births and total birth rate, and heart attacks are more common when home teams are on the field. Results See also: List of FIFA
FIFA
World Cup finals

Year Hosts

Winners Score Runners-up

Third Place Score Fourth Place

Number of Teams

1930 Details  Uruguay

Uruguay 4–2

Argentina

United States [note 1]

Yugoslavia 13

1934 Details  Italy

Italy 2–1 (a.e.t.)

Czechoslovakia

Germany 3–2

Austria 16

1938 Details  France

Italy 4–2

Hungary

Brazil 4–2

Sweden 16/15 [note 2]

1950 Details  Brazil

Uruguay [note 3] 2–1

Brazil

Sweden [note 3]

Spain 16/13 [note 4]

1954 Details   Switzerland

West Germany 3–2

Hungary

Austria 3–1

Uruguay 16

1958 Details  Sweden

Brazil 5–2

Sweden

France 6–3

West Germany 16

1962 Details  Chile

Brazil 3–1

Czechoslovakia

Chile 1–0

Yugoslavia 16

1966 Details  England

England 4–2 (a.e.t.)

West Germany

Portugal 2–1

Soviet Union 16

1970 Details  Mexico

Brazil 4–1

Italy

West Germany 1–0

Uruguay 16

1974 Details  West Germany

West Germany 2–1

Netherlands

Poland 1–0

Brazil 16

1978 Details  Argentina

Argentina 3–1 (a.e.t.)

Netherlands

Brazil 2–1

Italy 16

1982 Details  Spain

Italy 3–1

West Germany

Poland 3–2

France 24

1986 Details  Mexico

Argentina 3–2

West Germany

France 4–2 (a.e.t.)

Belgium 24

1990 Details  Italy

West Germany 1–0

Argentina

Italy 2–1

England 24

1994 Details  United States

Brazil 0–0 (a.e.t.) (3–2 PSO)

Italy

Sweden 4–0

Bulgaria 24

1998 Details  France

France 3–0

Brazil

Croatia 2–1

Netherlands 32

2002 Details  South Korea &  Japan

Brazil 2–0

Germany

Turkey 3–2

South Korea 32

2006 Details  Germany

Italy 1–1 (a.e.t.) (5–3 PSO)

France

Germany 3–1

Portugal 32

2010 Details  South Africa

Spain 1–0 (a.e.t.)

Netherlands

Germany 3–2

Uruguay 32

2014 Details  Brazil

Germany 1–0 (a.e.t.)

Argentina

Netherlands 3–0

Brazil 32

2018 Details  Russia

32

2022 Details  Qatar

32

a.e.t.: after extra time p: after penalty shoot-out

Notes

^ There was no official World Cup Third Place match in 1930; The United States
United States
and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. FIFA
FIFA
now recognises the United States
United States
as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the tournament.[75] ^ Austria withdrew after the draw as a result of the Anschluss
Anschluss
with Germany: some Austrian players subsequently joined the German squad, leaving the tournament with 15 teams. ^ a b There was no official World Cup final match in 1950.[76] The tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). Coincidentally, one of the last two matches of the tournament pitted the two top ranked teams against each other, with Uruguay's 2–1 victory over Brazil
Brazil
thus often being considered as the de facto final of the 1950 World Cup.[77] Likewise, the game between the lowest ranked teams, played at the same time as Uruguay
Uruguay
vs Brazil, can be considered equal to a Third Place match, with Sweden's 3–1 victory over Spain ensuring that they finished third. ^ Only 13 teams played the 1950 FIFA
FIFA
World Cup.[76] 16 teams entered the seeding groups draw. However, Turkey and Scotland both withdrew before the draw; France
France
(eliminated in qualifying) was invited as a replacement, leaving the tournament to be held with 15 teams. After the draw, India and France
France
both withdrew, so only 13 teams participated in the tournament.

In all, 77 nations have played in at least one World Cup.[78] Of these, eight national teams have won the World Cup, and they have added stars to their badges, with each star representing a World Cup victory. (Uruguay, however, choose to display four stars on their badge, representing their two gold medals at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and their two World Cup titles in 1930 and 1950). With five titles, Brazil
Brazil
are the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have played in every World Cup (20) to date.[79] Brazil
Brazil
were also the first team to win the World Cup for the third (1970), fourth (1994) and fifth (2002) time. Italy
Italy
(1934 and 1938) and Brazil
Brazil
(1958 and 1962) are the only nations to have won consecutive titles. West Germany
Germany
(1982–1990) and Brazil (1994–2002) are the only nations to appear in three consecutive World Cup finals. Germany
Germany
has made the most top-four finishes (13), medals (12), as well as the most finals (8).

Map of countries' best results

Teams reaching the top four See also: National team appearances in the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup § Comprehensive team results by tournament

Team Titles Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Top 4 Finishes Top 3 Finishes Top 2 Finishes

 Brazil 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 2 (1950*, 1998) 2 (1938, 1978) 2 (1974, 2014*) 11 9 7

 Germany^ 4 (1954, 1974*, 1990, 2014) 4 (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002) 4 (1934, 1970, 2006*, 2010) 1 (1958) 13 12 8

 Italy 4 (1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006) 2 (1970, 1994) 1 (1990*) 1 (1978) 8 7 6

 Argentina 2 (1978*, 1986) 3 (1930, 1990, 2014) & —

& —

5 5 5

 Uruguay 2 (1930*, 1950) & —

& —

3 (1954, 1970, 2010) 5 2 2

 France 1 (1998*) 1 (2006) 2 (1958, 1986) 1 (1982) 5 4 2

 England 1 (1966*) & —

& —

1 (1990) 2 1 1

 Spain 1 (2010) & —

& —

1 (1950) 2 1 1

 Netherlands & —

3 (1974, 1978, 2010) 1 (2014) 1 (1998) 5 4 3

 Hungary & —

2 (1938, 1954) & —

& —

2 2 2

 Czechoslovakia# & —

2 (1934, 1962) & —

& —

2 2 2

 Sweden & —

1 (1958*) 2 (1950, 1994) 1 (1938) 4 3 1

 Poland & —

& —

2 (1974, 1982) & —

2 2 & —

 Austria & —

& —

1 (1954) 1 (1934) 2 1 & —

 Portugal & —

& —

1 (1966) 1 (2006) 2 1 & —

 United States & —

& —

1 (1930) & —

1 1 & —

 Chile & —

& —

1 (1962*) & —

1 1 & —

 Croatia & —

& —

1 (1998) & —

1 1 & —

 Turkey & —

& —

1 (2002) & —

1 1 & —

 Yugoslavia# & —

& —

& —

2 (1930, 1962) 2 & —

& —

 Soviet Union# & —

& —

& —

1 (1966) 1 & —

& —

 Belgium & —

& —

& —

1 (1986) 1 & —

& —

 Bulgaria & —

& —

& —

1 (1994) 1 & —

& —

 South Korea & —

& —

& —

1 (2002*) 1 & —

& —

* = hosts

^ = includes results representing West Germany
Germany
between 1954 and 1990

# = states that have since split into two or more independent nations[78]

Best performances by continental zones See also: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup results by confederation To date, the final of the World Cup has only been contested by teams from the UEFA
UEFA
(Europe) and CONMEBOL
CONMEBOL
(South America) confederations. European nations have won eleven titles, while South American have won nine. Only two teams from outside these two continents have ever reached the semi-finals of the competition: USA (North, Central America and Caribbean) in 1930 and South Korea
South Korea
(Asia) in 2002. The best result of an African team is reaching the quarter-finals: Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010. Only one Oceanian qualifier, Australia in 2006, has advanced to the second round.[80] Brazil, Argentina, Spain
Spain
and Germany
Germany
are the only teams to win a World Cup outside their continental confederation; Brazil
Brazil
came out victorious in Europe (1958), North America (1970 and 1994) and Asia (2002), Argentina
Argentina
won a World Cup in North America in 1986, while Spain
Spain
won a World Cup in Africa in 2010. Germany
Germany
was the first European team to win in South America in 2014. Only on four occasions have consecutive World Cups been won by teams from the same continent, and currently it is the first time with three champions in a row from the same continental confederation. Italy
Italy
and Brazil
Brazil
successfully defended their titles in 1938 and 1962 respectively, while Italy's triumph in 2006 has been followed by Spain's in 2010 and Germany's in 2014. Currently, it is also the first time that one of the currently winning continents (Europe) is ahead of the other (South America) by two championships.

Total times teams qualified by confederation

AFC CAF CONCACAF CONMEBOL OFC UEFA Total

Teams 32 39 39 80 4 231 425

Top 16 5 9 13 31 1 81 140[81]

Top 8 2 3 5 32 0 94 136[81]

Top 4 1 0 1 22 0 56 80

Top 2 0 0 0 14 0 26 40

1st 0 0 0 9 0 11 20

2nd 0 0 0 5 0 15 20

3rd 0 0 1 3 0 16 20

4th 1 0 0 5 0 14 20

Awards Main article: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup awards At the end of each World Cup, awards are presented to the players and teams for accomplishments other than their final team positions in the tournament. There are currently six awards:[82]

The Golden Ball for the best player, determined by a vote of media members (first awarded in 1982); the Silver Ball and the Bronze Ball are awarded to the players finishing second and third in the voting respectively;[83] The Golden Boot (sometimes called the Golden Shoe) for the top goalscorer (first awarded in 1982, but retrospectively applied to all tournaments from 1930); most recently, the Silver Boot and the Bronze Boot have been awarded to the second and third top goalscorers respectively;[84] The Golden Glove Award (formerly the Yashin Award) for the best goalkeeper, decided by the FIFA
FIFA
Technical Study Group (first awarded in 1994);[85] The Best Young Player Award for the best player aged 21 or younger at the start of the calendar year, decided by the FIFA
FIFA
Technical Study Group (first awarded in 2006);[86] The FIFA
FIFA
Fair Play Trophy for the team with the best record of fair play, according to the points system and criteria established by the FIFA
FIFA
Fair Play Committee (first awarded in 1978);[86] The Most Entertaining Team for the team that has entertained the public the most during the World Cup, determined by a poll of the general public (first awarded in 1994);[86]

An All-Star Team consisting of the best players of the tournament has also been announced for each tournament since 1998. Records and statistics Main article: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup records See also: List of FIFA
FIFA
World Cup winners

Lothar Matthäus
Lothar Matthäus
played a record 25 World Cup matches across a joint record five tournaments

Two players share the record for playing in the most World Cups; Mexico's Antonio Carbajal (1950–1966) and Germany's Lothar Matthäus (1982–1998) both played in five tournaments.[87] Matthäus has played the most World Cup matches overall, with 25 appearances.[88] Brazil's Djalma Santos
Djalma Santos
(1954–1962), West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer (1966–1974) and Germany's Philipp Lahm
Philipp Lahm
(2006–2014) are the only players to be named to three Finals All-Star Teams.[89] Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
of Germany
Germany
(2002–2014) is the all-time top scorer at the finals, with 16 goals. He broke Ronaldo of Brazil's record of 15 goals (1998–2006) during 2014 semi-final match against Brazil. West Germany's Gerd Müller
Gerd Müller
(1970–1974) is third, with 14 goals.[90] The fourth placed goalscorer, France's Just Fontaine, holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup; all his 13 goals were scored in the 1958 tournament.[91] In November 2007, FIFA
FIFA
announced that all members of World Cup-winning squads between 1930 and 1974 were to be retroactively awarded winners' medals.[47] This made Brazil's Pelé
Pelé
the only player to have won three World Cup winners' medals (1958, 1962, and 1970, although he did not play in the 1962 final due to injury),[92] with 20 other players who have won two winners' medals. Seven players have collected all three types of World Cup medals (winners', runner- ups', and third-place); five players were from West Germany's squad of 1966–1974 including Franz Beckenbauer, Jürgen Grabowski, Horst-Dieter Höttges, Sepp Maier and Wolfgang Overath
Wolfgang Overath
(1966–1974), Italy's Franco Baresi
Franco Baresi
(1982, 1990, 1994) and the most recent has been Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
of Germany (2002–2014) with four consecutive medals. Brazil's Mário Zagallo
Mário Zagallo
and West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer
are the only people to date to win the World Cup as both player and head coach. Zagallo won in 1958 and 1962 as a player and in 1970 as head coach.[93] Beckenbauer won in 1974 as captain and in 1990 as head coach.[94] Italy's Vittorio Pozzo
Vittorio Pozzo
is the only head coach to ever win two World Cups (1934 and 1938).[95] All World Cup winning head coaches were natives of the country they coached to victory. Among the national teams, Germany
Germany
has played the most World Cup matches (106) and appeared in the most finals (8), semi-finals (13), quarter-finals (16) as well as scoring the most World Cup goals (224), while Brazil
Brazil
has appeared in the most World Cups (20).[96] The two teams have played each other twice in the World Cup, in the 2002 final and in the 2014 semi-final. Top goalscorers Main article: FIFA
FIFA
World Cup top goalscorers

Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
scored a record 16 goals across four World Cups

Players with more than 10 goals at World Cup tournaments

Rank Nation Player Goals scored

1

Miroslav Klose 16

2

Ronaldo 15

3

Gerd Müller 14

4

Just Fontaine 13

5

Pelé 12

6

Jürgen Klinsmann 11

Sándor Kocsis 11

All-time table for champions Main article: All-time table of the FIFA
FIFA
World Cup

Position Name of Team Participations Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg Pts Trophies

1  Brazil 20 104 70 17 17 221 102 119 227 2.18 5

2  Germany[97] 18 106 66 20 20 224 121 103 218 2.06 4

3  Italy 18 83 45 21 17 128 77 51 156 1.88 4

4  Argentina 16 77 42 14 21 131 84 47 140 1.82 2

5  Spain 14 59 29 12 18 92 66 26 99 1.68 1

6  England 14 62 26 20 16 79 56 23 98 1.58 1

7  France 14 59 28 12 19 106 71 35 96 1.63 1

8  Uruguay 12 51 20 12 19 80 71 9 72 1.41 2

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1930 1934 1938 1950 1954 1958 1962 1966 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018

Squads

1930 1934 1938 1950 1954 1958 1962 1966 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018

Seedings

1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018

Broadcasters

1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018

Bids

2014 2018 and 2022 2026 2030

Records and statistics

All-time table Goalscorers

top goalscorers finals goalscorers hat-tricks own goals

Penalty shoot-outs Player appearances Red cards Referees Team appearances Teams with no appearances

Miscellaneous

Awards Balls Economics Final draw History Hosts Mascots Official films Official songs Organisers Trophy Video games

Notes: There was no qualification for the 1930 World Cup as places were given by invitation only. In 1950, there was no final; the article is about the decisive match of the final group stage.

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Official songs

1962: "El Rock del Mundial" 1966: "World Cup Willie (Where in this World are We Going)" 1970: "Fútbol México 70" 1974: "Futbol" 1978: "Anthem" 1982: "Mundial '82" 1986: "Hot Hot Hot" 1990: "Un'estate italiana" 1994: "Gloryland" 1998: "The Cup of Life" 2002: "Boom" 2006: "Celebrate the Day" 2010: "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" 2014: "We Are One (Ole Ola)" 2018: "Colors" ( Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
anthem)

Mascots

1966: World Cup Willie 1970: Juanito 1974: Tip and Tap 1978: Gauchito 1982: Naranjito 1986: Pique 1990: Ciao 1994: Striker, the World Cup Pup 1998: Footix 2002: Ato, Kaz, and Nik 2006: Goleo VI and Pille 2010: Zakumi 2014: Fuleco 2018: Zabivaka

Balls

1970: Telstar 1974: Telstar Durlast 1978: Tango Durlast 1982: Tango España 1986: Azteca 1990: Etrusco Unico 1994: Questra 1998: Tricolore 2002: Fevernova 2006: +Teamgeist 2010: Jabulani 2014: Brazuca 2018: Telstar 18

Video games

1986: World Cup Carnival 1990: World Cup Soccer: Italia '90 · World Cup Italia '90 1994: World Cup USA '94 1998: World Cup 98 · Jikkyou World Soccer: World Cup France
France
'98 · World Soccer Jikkyou Winning Eleven 3: World Cup France
France
'98 2002: 2002 FIFA
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World Cup 2006: 2006 FIFA
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World Cup 2010: 2010 FIFA
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World Cup South Africa 2014: 2014 FIFA
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World Cup Brazil

Albums

1994: Gloryland 1998: Allez! Ola! Ole! 2002: The Official Album 2006: Voices 2010: Listen Up! 2014: One Love, One Rhythm

Instruments

2010: Vuvuzela 2014: Caxirola

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1930:  Uruguay 1934:  Italy 1938:  France 1950:  Brazil 1954:  Switzerland 1958:  Sweden 1962:  Chile 1966:  England 1970:  Mexico 1974:  West Germany 1978:  Argentina 1982:  Spain 1986:  Mexico 1990:  Italy 1994:  United States 1998:  France 2002:   South Korea
South Korea
&  Japan 2006:  Germany 2010:  South Africa 2014:  Brazil 2018:  Russia 2022:  Qatar

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Confederations

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Youth Cup

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Other tournaments

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Presidents

Robert Guérin
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(2015–2016, acting) Gianni Infantino
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(2016–present)

General Secretaries

Louis Muhlinghaus (1904–1906) Wilhelm Hirschman (1906–1931) Ivo Schricker (1932–1951) Kurt Gassmann
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(1951–1960) Helmut Käser (1961–1981) Sepp Blatter
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(1981–1998) Michel Zen-Ruffinen (1998–2002) Urs Linsi
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(2002–2007) Jérôme Valcke
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(2007–2015) Markus Kattner (2015–2016, acting) Fatma Samoura
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(2016–present)

Awards

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Awards

Rankings

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World Ranking system (1999–2006) FIFA
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Congresses

51st (Paris 1998) 53rd (Seoul 2002) 61st (Zürich 2011) 65th (Zürich 2015) Extraordinary (Zürich 2016)

Corruption

"FIFA's Dirty Secrets" Garcia Report 2015 FIFA
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Others

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Women

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Club

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Asia

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Europe

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U-21 U-19 U-17

Nations League

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Regional (CFU, UNCAF)

Oceania

OFC – Nations Cup

U-20 U-17

South America

CONMEBOL
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– Copa América

U-20 U-17 U-15

Non-FIFA

NF-Board – Viva World Cup CONIFA – ConIFA World Football
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Cup ConIFA European Football
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Cup IIGA – Island Games

Games

African Games Asian Games Central America Central America and Caribbean East Asian Games Francophonie Games Indian Ocean Island Lusophony Games Mediterranean Games Pan American Games Pan Arab Games Pacific Games South Asian Games Southeast Asian Games West Asian Games

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Euro

AFC

Afghanistan Australia Bahrain Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Darussalam Cambodia China
China
PR Chinese Taipei Guam Hong Kong India Indonesia IR Iran Iraq Japan Jordan Korea DPR Korea Republic Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Macau Malaysia Maldives Mongolia Myanmar Nepal Northern Mariana Islands Oman Pakistan Palestine Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore Sri Lanka Syria Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen

CAF

Algeria Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo Congo DR Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Réunion Rwanda São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Zambia Zanzibar Zimbabwe

CONCACAF

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Aruba Bahamas Barbados Belize Bermuda Bonaire British Virgin Islands Canada Cayman Islands Costa Rica Cuba Curaçao Dominica Dominican Republic El Salvador French Guiana Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras Jamaica Martinique Mexico Montserrat Nicaragua Panama Puerto Rico Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sint Maarten Suriname Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos Islands United States U.S. Virgin Islands

CONMEBOL

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela

OFC

American Samoa Cook Islands Fiji Kiribati* New Caledonia New Zealand Niue* Palau* Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tahiti Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu

UEFA

Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia-Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Faroe Islands Finland France Georgia Germany Gibraltar Greece Hungary Iceland Israel Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg FYR Macedonia Malta Moldova Montenegro Netherlands Northern Ireland Norway Poland Portugal Republic of Ireland Romania Russia San Marino Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine Wales

Defunct

Czechoslovakia Saar West Germany East Germany Ireland Tanganyika North Vietnam South Vietnam North Yemen South Yemen United Arab Republic Soviet Union CIS Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro Netherlands Antilles

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Golf

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Nine-ball Pitch and putt Rowing Motorsport

enduro

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men women

Rugby league

men women

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men women sevens

Quidditch Sepaktakraw Snooker Softball Tennis

men women mixed

Touch football Volleyball

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Water polo

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Individual

Archery Canoe slalom Chess Cyclo-cross Diving Equestrian dressage Gymnastics

artistic rhythmic

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summer winter

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men women

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