The tournament organized by the International Football Association attracts the participation of all 208 member countries. After qualifying matches, only 32 national teams will compete in the World Cup finals.
32 teams will be divided into 8 groups and each group will have 4 teams. The teams in the group stage will compete in the round-robin round and the top two teams will play in the round of 1/16.
Winning teams in the round of 16 will continue to compete in the quarterfinals and semi-finals. The last two teams will be competing in the final to determine which team will be the champion.
After football was recognized as an amateur sport at the Olympics, FIFA decided to host a first world football championship. And the organizer was FIFA president then Jules Rimet.
The first world football championship was held in 1930 in Uruguay with 13 national teams participating. The hosts Uruguay became the first champion of the world after defeating Argentina 4-2 in the final.
The world football championship then turned out to be a fascinating sporting event. However, the tournament faces geographical barriers because it is difficult for South American teams to move to Europe to attend the tournament. In addition, the 1942 and 1946 World Cups were postponed due to World War II.
After World War II, the world football championship gradually regained the loving interest of fans. The 1950 World Cup final, the first tournament after World War II, was held in Brazil. The tournament also saw England’s first participation after being ostracized for political reasons.
The Uruguay team once again became a world champion after beating Brazil host Brazil in the historic final. From the start of the tournament until 1982, only 13 to 16 teams participated in the tournament. In 1982, FIFA increased the number of participating teams to 24 and then to 32 at the 1998 World Cup finals.
FIFA and World Football Championship have undergone a long process of formation and development. The world football championship is truly the largest sports event that attracts the most attention worldwide.