FIFA World Cup
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Founded 1930
Region Worldwide
Tournament information
Current champions  France (2nd title)
Number of teams 32 (finals)
209 (eligible to enter qualification)
Most successful club  Brazil (5 titles)
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Website Official website

The FIFA World Cup (also called the Football World Cup, the Soccer World Cup, or simply the World Cup) is an international football competition contested by members of the International Federation of Association Football, better known as FIFA. It has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was canceled due to the Second World War.

Format

The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament. The hosts of the tournament qualify automatically.

For the final tournament the qualified 32 teams are split into eight groups, this is known as the Group 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. Each group plays a round-robin tournament, in which each team is scheduled for three matches against other teams in the same group. The last round of matches of each group is scheduled at the same time to preserve fairness among all four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. 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. The table below shows how the knockout stage works.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Winner Group A  
 Runner-up Group B    
 Winner of R16 1  
   Winner of R16 2    
 Winner Group C  
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner of QF 1  
   Winner of QF 2    
 Winner Group E  
 Runner-up Group F    
 Winner of R16 3  
   Winner of R16 4    
 Winner Group G  
 Runner-up Group H    
 Winner of SF 1  
   Winner of SF 2  
 Winner Group B  
 Runner-up Group A    
 Winner of R16 5  
   Winner of R16 6    
 Winner Group D  
 Runner-up Group C    
 Winner of QF 3  
   Winner of QF 4     Third place
 Winner Group F  
 Runner-up Group E    
 Winner of R16 7    Loser of SF 1  
   Winner of R16 8      Loser of SF 2  
 Winner Group H  
 Runner-up Group G    

Trophy

The World Cup is a gold trophy that is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, two trophies have represented victory. The Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 to 1970, and the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974 to the present day.

Below is a table containing all eight winners of the World Cup and awarded trophies.

Country Jules Rimet Trophy FIFA World Cup Total
Flag of Brazil Brazil 3 2 5
Flag of Italy Italy 2 2 4
Flag of Germany Germany 1 3 4
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 2 0 2
Flag of Argentina Argentina 0 2 2
Flag of France France 0 2 2
Flag of England England 1 0 1
Flag of Spain Spain 0 1 1
Total 9 12 21

Results

Year Host Winners Runners-up Third Place
1930  Uruguay  Uruguay (1st title)  Argentina  United States
1934  Italy  Italy (1st title)  Czech Republic  Germany
1938  France  Italy (2nd title)  Hungary  Brazil
1950  Brazil  Uruguay (2nd title)  Brazil  Sweden
1954  Switzerland  Germany (1st title)  Hungary  Austria


1958  Sweden  Brazil (1st title)  Sweden  France
1962  Chile  Brazil (2nd title)  Czech Republic  Chile
1966  England  England (1st title)  Germany  Portugal
1970  Mexico  Brazil (3rd title)  Italy  Germany
1974  Germany  Germany (2nd title)  Netherlands  Poland
1978  Argentina  Argentina (1st title)  Netherlands  Brazil
1982  Spain  Italy (3rd title)  Germany  Poland
1986  Mexico  Argentina (2nd title)  Germany  France
1990  Italy  Germany (3rd title)  Argentina  Italy
1994  United States  Brazil (4th title)  Italy  Sweden
1998  France  France (1st title)  Brazil  Croatia
2002 Flag of South Korea SK &  Japan  Brazil (5th title)  Germany  Turkey
2006  Germany  Italy (4th title)  France  Germany
2010  South Africa  Spain (1st title)  Netherlands  Germany
2014  Brazil  Germany (4th title)  Argentina  Netherlands
2018  Russia  France (2nd title)  Croatia  Belgium
2022  Qatar TBD TBD TBD
2026  Canada
 Mexico
 United States
TBD TBD TBD

Golden Ball

The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player of each World Cup. Those who finish as runners-up in the vote receive the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball awards as the second and third most outstanding players in the tournament respectively.

World Cup Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
1930 Uruguay Flag of Uruguay José Nasazzi Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile Flag of Uruguay José Andrade
1934 Italy Flag of Italy Giuseppe Meazza Flag of Austria Matthias Sindelar Flag of Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý
1938 France Flag of Brazil Leônidas Flag of Italy Silvio Piola Flag of Hungary György Sárosi
1950 Brazil Flag of Brazil Zizinho Flag of Uruguay Juan Schiaffino Flag of Brazil Ademir
1954 Switzerland Flag of Hungary Ferenc Puskás Flag of Hungary Sándor Kocsis Flag of Germany Fritz Walter
1958 Sweden Flag of Brazil Didi Flag of Brazil Pelé Flag of France Just Fontaine
1962 Chile Flag of Brazil Garrincha Flag of Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust Flag of Chile Leonel Sánchez
1966 England Flag of England Bobby Charlton Flag of England Bobby Moore Flag of Portugal Eusébio
1970 Mexico Flag of Brazil Pelé Flag of Brazil Gérson Flag of Germany Gerd Muller
1974 West Germany Flag of Netherlands Johan Cruijff Flag of Germany Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Poland Kazimierz Deyna
1978 Argentina Flag of Argentina Mario Kempes Flag of Italy Paolo Rossi Flag of Brazil Dirceu
1982 Spain Flag of Italy Paolo Rossi Flag of Brazil Falcão Flag of Germany Karl Rummenigge
1986 Mexico Flag of Argentina Diego Maradona Flag of Germany Harald Schumacher Flag of Denmark Preben Elkjær
1990 Italy Flag of Italy Salvatore Schillaci Flag of Germany Lothar Matthäus Flag of Argentina Diego Maradona
1994 United States Flag of Brazil Romário Flag of Italy Roberto Baggio Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
1998 France Flag of Brazil Ronaldo Flag of Croatia Davor Šuker Flag of France Lilian Thuram
2002 Korea/Japan Flag of Germany Oliver Kahn Flag of Brazil Ronaldo Flag of South Korea Hong Myung-Bo
2006 Germany Flag of France Zinedine Zidane Flag of Italy Fabio Cannavaro Flag of Italy Andrea Pirlo
2010 South Africa Flag of Uruguay Diego Forlán Flag of Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Flag of Spain David Villa
2014 Brazil Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Flag of Germany Thomas Müller Flag of Netherlands Arjen Robben
2018 Russia Flag of Croatia Luka Modrić Flag of Belgium Eden Hazard Flag of France Antoine Griezmann
2022 Qatar TBD TBD TBD
2026 Canada/Mexico/USA TBD TBD TBD

Future World Cups

2022 FIFA World Cup

The 2022 World Cup will be hosted by Qatar and will be the first World Cup to take place in the Middle East.

2026 FIFA World Cup

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by Canada, Mexico and United States. It will be the first World Cup hosted by three nations.

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FIFA World Cup
Tournaments

Uruguay 1930 · Italy 1934 · France 1938 · Brazil 1950 · Switzerland 1954 · Sweden 1958 · Chile 1962 · England 1966 · Mexico 1970 · West Germany 1974 · Argentina 1978 · Spain 1982 · Mexico 1986 · Italy 1990 · United States 1994 · France 1998 · South Korea/Japan 2002 · Germany 2006 · South Africa 2010 · Brazil 2014 · Russia 2018 · Qatar 2022 · 2026 · 2030 · 2034 · 2038 ·

FIFA World Cup finals

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

FIFA World Cup Qualification

1930 · 1934 · 1938 · 1950 · 1954 · 1958 · 1962 · 1966 · 1970 · 1974 · 1978 · 1982 · 1986 · 1990 · 1994 · 1998 · 2002 · 2006 · 2010 · 2014 · 2018 · 2022 ·

FIFA World Cup Squads

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

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