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)
- Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan (Capacity – 40,740)
- Al Janoub 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.
Where to Stay in Qatar
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.
|2018||Russia||France||4 - 2||Croatia|
|2014||Brazil||Germany||1 - 0 (aet)||Argentina|
|2010||South Africa||Spain||1 - 0 (aet)||Netherlands|
|2006||Germany||Italy||1 - 1 (aet)|
(5 - 3 pens)
|2002||South Korea & |
|Brazil||2 - 0||Germany|
|1998||France||France||3 - 0||Brazil|
|1994||USA||Brazil||0 - 0 (aet)|
(3 - 2 pens)
|1990||Italy||West Germany||1 - 0||Argentina|
|1986||Mexico||Argentina||3 - 2||West Germany|
|1982||Spain||Italy||3 - 1||West Germany|
|1978||Argentina||Argentina||3 - 1 (aet)||Netherlands|
|1974||West Germany||West Germany||2 - 1||Netherlands|
|1970||Mexico||Brazil||4 - 1||Italy|
|1966||England||England||4 - 2 (aet)||West Germany|
|1962||Chile||Brazil||3 - 1||Czechoslovakia|
|1958||Sweden||Brazil||5 - 2||Sweden|
|1954||Switzerland||West Germany||3 - 2||Hungary|
|1950||Brazil||Uruguay||2 - 1||Brazil|
|1938||France||Italy||4 - 2||Hungary|
|1934||Italy||Italy||2 - 1 (aet)||Czechoslovakia|
|1930||Uruguay||Uruguay||4 - 2||Argentina|