FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is an international competition for senior men’s football, contested by the national teams of the members of the world governing body, FIFA and first held in 1930. France are the current champions, defeating Croatia 4-2 at the 2018 edition in Russia.

There have been 21 FIFA World Cup’s, with 8 winners – Brazil being the most successful, winning the tournament five times, followed by Germany and Italy with four. Argentina, France and Uruguay have won the title twice, whilst England and Spain have won it once.


When is the FIFA World Cup?

The FIFA World Cup takes place every 4 years, usually in the summer months. The 22nd edition is the first to not be held in May, June or July, with the tournament scheduled from Monday 21st November – Sunday 18th December 2022.


Where is the FIFA World Cup?

The FIFA World Cup is hosted by a different FIFA nation, with the host nation being selected through a bidding process.

A total of 17 countries have hosted the tournament in the past:

  • 2018 – Russia
  • 2014 – Brazil
  • 2010 – South Africa
  • 2006 – Germany
  • 2002 – Japan & South Korea
  • 1998 – France
  • 1994 – USA
  • 1990 – Italy
  • 1986 – Mexico
  • 1982 – Spain
  • 1978 – Argentina
  • 1974 – West Germany
  • 1970 – Mexico
  • 1966 – England
  • 1962 – Chile
  • 1958 – Sweden
  • 1954 – Switzerland
  • 1950 – Brazil
  • 1938 – France
  • 1934 – Italy
  • 1930 – Uruguay

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is to be hosted in Qatar for the first time at the following venues:

  • Al Bayt Stadium, Al Bayt (Capacity – 60,000)
  • Al Thumama Stadium, Doha (Capacity – 40,000)
  • Education City Stadium, Doha (Capacity – 45,350)
  • Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (Capacity – 40,000)
  • Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Doha (Capacity – 40,000)
  • Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail (Capacity – 86,250)
  • Al Rayyan Stadium, Al Rayyan (Capacity – 44,740)
  • Al Wakrah Stadium, Al Wakrah (Capacity – 40,000)

The 23rd FIFA World Cup will jointly be hosted by Canada, Mexico and the USA in 2026, having beat a rival bid by Morocco.


Who is competing in the FIFA World Cup?

32 nations compete for the World Cup, with the hosts automatically qualifying and the other nations competing in qualification competitions among their respective confederations in the years preceding.

For the 2022 tournament, the following number of nations will qualify from each confederation:

  • UEFA (Europe) – 13
  • CAF (Africa) – 5
  • AFC (Asia) – 4 plus Qatar as hosts
  • CONMEBOL (South America) – 4
  • CONCACAF (North and Central America) – 3
  • OFC (Oceania) v AFC/CONMEBOL/CONCACAF intercontinental play-off winner – 2

The 2026 tournament is due to be expanded to 48 teams.


How do I get to the FIFA World Cup?

Hamad International Airport in Doha serves many destinations across the world. With Qatar being a relatively small country and 4 of the venues in Doha, travel should be relatively easy. Further travel information of getting to matches will be available closer to the time.

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Where to Stay in Qatar

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How do I get tickets to the FIFA World Cup?

Tickets for the 2022 World Cup will be on the official website. Based on the 2018 tournament, it is likely tickets will be on sale approximately 9 months before the tournament in three phases.


Further Information

FIFA World Cup Official Website


Previous Tournaments

YearHostWinnerScoreRunner-up
2018RussiaFrance4 - 2Croatia
2014BrazilGermany1 - 0 (aet)Argentina
2010South AfricaSpain1 - 0 (aet)Netherlands
2006GermanyItaly1 - 1 (aet)
(5 - 3 pens)
France
2002South Korea &
Japan
Brazil2 - 0Germany
1998FranceFrance3 - 0Brazil
1994USABrazil0 - 0 (aet)
(3 - 2 pens)
Italy
1990ItalyWest Germany1 - 0Argentina
1986MexicoArgentina3 - 2West Germany
1982SpainItaly3 - 1West Germany
1978ArgentinaArgentina3 - 1 (aet)Netherlands
1974West GermanyWest Germany2 - 1Netherlands
1970MexicoBrazil4 - 1Italy
1966EnglandEngland4 - 2 (aet)West Germany
1962ChileBrazil3 - 1Czechoslovakia
1958SwedenBrazil5 - 2Sweden
1954SwitzerlandWest Germany3 - 2Hungary
1950BrazilUruguay2 - 1Brazil
1938FranceItaly4 - 2Hungary
1934ItalyItaly2 - 1 (aet)Czechoslovakia
1930UruguayUruguay4 - 2Argentina

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