The World Cup has been held by FIFA every four years since 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, and despite both Germany and Brazil being keen to host it. The final tournament phase is held in the host country – usually in May, June or July – with the qualification phase taking place over the
preceding two to three years.
FIFA was formed in 1904 as football increased in global popularity. They first tried to create an international football tournament and to hold it in Switzerland in 1906. This was recorded as a failure. In 1909, Sir Thomas Lipton held a self-titled tournament in Turin, Italy, to which the best professional club sides from Italy, Germany, Switzerland and England were invited. The English FA refused to send a team so England was represented by West Aukland, an amateur side from County Durham. West Aukland won the tournament and successfully defended their title two years later. They are still going strong in the Northern League.
FIFA were asked to run the football at the 1920, ’24 and ’28 Olympic Games and, buoyed by their success, again looked at creating an international tournament for professional footballers. The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay with 13 nations taking part. The difficulties of travel hampered participation in the first few tournaments.
By 1950 the UK had joined FIFA and all four of our nation’s teams took part in the contest.
Until 1982 16 teams made it through to the tournament stage at which point it increased to 24, rising to 32 in 1998 with yet another increase, to 48, due in 2026.
Only eight countries have won the World Cup to date, and Brazil is the only country to have played in every World Cup tournament stage.
So, following that potted history of the World Cup, we wish all the participating nations the very best of luck and trust we’ll have a spectacular month of football to enjoy.
Come on, England!
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