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  • Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Scotland
    Wednesday Nov 30, 1870

    The First official international football match

    Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Scotland
    Wednesday Nov 30, 1870

    The first official international football match was played in 1872 in Glasgow between Scotland and England, although at this stage the sport was rarely played outside Great Britain.




  • Switzerland
    1900

    Olympic Sport

    Switzerland
    1900

    As football began to increase in popularity, it was contested as an IOC-recognised Olympic sport at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics, as well as at the 1906 Intercalated Games, before becoming an official FIFA-supervised Olympic competition at the 1908 Summer Olympics.




  • Montevideo, Uruguay
    Jul, 1902

    The First official international match outside the British Isles

    Montevideo, Uruguay
    Jul, 1902

    By the twentieth century, football had gained ground all around the world and national football associations were being founded. The first official international match outside the British Isles was played between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo in July 1902.




  • Paris, France
    Sunday May 22, 1904

    FIFA

    Paris, France
    Sunday May 22, 1904

    The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris on 22 May 1904




  • Uruguay
    Sunday Jul 13, 1930

    First World Cup

    Uruguay
    Sunday Jul 13, 1930

    In 1930, FIFA made the decision to stage their own international tournament. The 1932 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, did not plan to include football as part of the programme due to the low popularity of the sport in the United States. FIFA and the IOC also disagreed over the status of amateur players, and so football was dropped from the Games. FIFA president Jules Rimet thus set about organizing the inaugural World Cup tournament.




  • Italy
    Sunday May 27, 1934

    Qualification stage

    Italy
    Sunday May 27, 1934

    The 1934 World Cup was hosted by Italy and was the first World Cup to include a qualification stage. Sixteen teams qualified for the tournament, a number which would be retained until the expansion of the finals tournament in 1982.




  • Germany
    Thursday Aug 13, 1936

    No World Cup Due WWII

    Germany
    Thursday Aug 13, 1936

    The FIFA World Cup was planned to take place in 1942. Germany officially applied to host the 1942 FIFA World Cup at the 23rd FIFA Congress on 13 August 1936 in Berlin. In June 1939, Brazil also applied to host the tournament. The beginning of European hostilities in September 1939 prompted further plans for the 1942 World Cup to be cancelled, before a host country was selected. The FIFA tournament did not take place.


  • Brazil
    Saturday Jun 24, 1950

    World Cup Returns

    Brazil
    Saturday Jun 24, 1950

    Competitions resumed with the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, which was the first to include British participants. British teams withdrew from FIFA in 1920, partly out of unwillingness to play against the countries they had been at war with, and partly as a protest against a foreign influence to football, but rejoined in 1946 following FIFA's invitation. England's involvement, however, was not to be a success.


  • Switzerland
    Wednesday Jun 16, 1954

    First World Cup Televised

    Switzerland
    Wednesday Jun 16, 1954

    The 1954 World Cup, held in Switzerland, was the first to be televised.


  • England
    Monday Nov 07, 1966

    Stolen one

    England
    Monday Nov 07, 1966

    The 1966 World Cup, hosted by England, was the first to embrace marketing, featuring a mascot and official logo for the first time. The trophy was stolen in the run-up to the tournament but was found a week later by a dog named "Pickles".


  • West Germany
    Monday Jul 13, 1970

    A New Trophy

    West Germany
    Monday Jul 13, 1970

    A new trophy was created for the 1974 edition, held in West Germany.


  • Spain
    Tuesday Jul 13, 1982

    First Expansion

    Spain
    Tuesday Jul 13, 1982

    Spain hosted an expanded 1982 World Cup which featured 24 teams, the first expansion since 1934. The teams were divided into six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the second round, where they split into four groups of three.


  • France
    Friday Jul 10, 1998

    A 32 teams World Cup

    France
    Friday Jul 10, 1998

    The 1998 World Cup was held in France, and had an expanded format featuring 32 teams.


  • Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    First one held in Asia

    Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    The 2002 World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, and was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan.


  • South Africa
    Sunday Jul 11, 2010

    First one held in Africa

    South Africa
    Sunday Jul 11, 2010

    The 2010 World Cup was held in South Africa. It was the first cup hosted on African soil, and the cup was won by Spain.


  • Qatar
    Monday Nov 21, 2022

    Not in summer

    Qatar
    Monday Nov 21, 2022

    The 2022 World Cup hosted by Qatar will be the first tournament to not be held in summer time in which it is usually held. It will take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022.


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