The FIFA World Cup is an international football competition where the men’s national football teams of FIFA affiliated countries take part. FIFA is the governing body of world football. The competition started in 1930 and has been held for four years now. The competition was not held in 1942 and 1948 due to World War II.
The competition is divided into two parts, the qualifying round and the final round. The participating teams have to take part in the qualifying round to select which team will play in the final round. The qualifying rounds are currently held three years before the main World Cup. According to the current type of competition, 32 national teams take part in the finals. The competition for this final episode has been going on for almost a month in the host country. The World Cup main event is the largest in the world in terms of the number of spectators. According to FIFA, the final match of the 2006 World Cup by about 715.1 million spectators.
Previous international competitions
Shortly after FIFA was founded in 1904, in 1906, FIFA hosted an international football tournament in Switzerland, different from the Olympics. The age of international football is still very young, which may be why this competition has been called a failure in the history of FIFA.
In addition to the Olympic amateur competition, Sir Thomas Lipton hosted the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy in Turin in 1909. It was a championship competition between different clubs (not national teams) from different countries. Each of these teams represented a different country, so many called the competition the First World Cup. But the Football Association of England refused to be involved in the competition and send a professional team. Lipton invited West Auckland, an amateur team from Durham County, to represent England. West Auckland won the competition and later retained the title in 1911. According to the rules of the competition, they are given the trophy forever.
In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognize the football competition at the Olympic Games as the “Amateur World Football Championship” and took over the competition’s management. Egypt (knocked out in the first game) and thirteen European teams took part in it. Belgium won the gold medal. Uruguay won gold at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic football competitions. In 1926, FIFA decided to hold its international competition outside the Olympics. Uruguay, the two-time world champion who celebrated the centenary of independence in 1930 (FIFA began its professional era in 1924), was selected by FIFA to host the first World Cup in 1930.