The FIFA World Cup has taken place every four years since its initial tournament in 1930 - with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War II - between the senior men’s national football teams of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Since its inaugural championship, the FIFA World Cup - now also known as the Soccer World Cup, the Football World Cup, or simply the World Cup - is now the most widely viewed sports championship in the world, having an even bigger television audience than the Olympic Games.

Since 1977 FIFA has also organized youth equivalents of this global tournament, as well as club soccer equivalents and equivalents for football variations including futsal and beach soccer. In 1991, FIFA introduced a women’s soccer equal to the World Cup, called the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the first of which took place at the People’s Republic of China involving twelve states and has been won by the USA and which currently occurs between sixteen teams over the course of 3 weeks.

When the world’s first global soccer game had taken place in 1872, in Glasgow between Scotland and England, the founders of this game - and by the time the first international soccer tournament, the very first British Home Championship, had taken place twelve decades later in 1884 between Scotland and Ireland - the game had still yet to obtain much international attention and was played very little outside of their U.K. But fifa world cup 2018 tickets of soccer’s global popularity were budding. As other nations did come to acknowledge the sport in the years that followed, it was only considered as a demonstration sport, especially when it came to the Olympic Games; throughout the 1900 and 1904 Olympics, it was played for instance, but without the awarding of any awards.

In 1904, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris as an official, organized global governing body that would represent the interests and advancement of football worldwide, and among its first orders of business was to attempt to set up a truly international soccer tournament outside the context of the Olympics, although it took decades for them to successfully achieve this goal. The World Cup will eventually become the premiere global sporting event culminating at the most coveted sports award on the planet.