The history of the FIFA World Cup
was first written in 1928, when FIFA president Jules Rimet
decided to stage an international football
tournament. The inaugural edition, held in Uruguay
, was contested as a final tournament of only 13 teams invited by the organization. Since then, the FIFA World Cup
has experienced successive expansions and format remodeling to its current 32-team final tournament preceded by a two-year qualifying process, involving almost 200 teams from all over the world.
Previous international competitions
The first international football match was played in 1872 in Glasgow between Scotland
, although at this stage the sport was rarely played outside Great Britain
However by 1900 the sport had gained ground all around the world and national football associations were being founded. The first official international match outside of the British Isles was played between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo on July 1902. FIFA
was founded in Paris on May 22, 1904 - comprising football associations from France, Belgium (the preceding two teams having played their first international against each other earlier in month), Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, with Germany pledging to join.
As football began to increase in popularity, it was contested as an IOC