Fifa World Cup Host Countries 2019

The FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Members of the Federation Internationale de Football Association – FIFA – compete every four years for the World Cup. The first championship was held in 1930 and has been held every four years except for 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.

As of 2019, there are 211 teams eligible to qualify for the championship. Only 32 teams make it to the finals to determine one winner.

The host countries are chosen by FIFA’s Council. A balloting system is used to determine which bidding nations will become the host country. This system was put into place to avoid boycotts and controversies – problems that had plagued the tournament in its early years.

The first host country in 1930 was Uruguay. In 1934, Italy was the host country. The next host country selected was France. All host countries of the FIFA World Cup are as follows:

Country Year Hosted Population 2019
Uruguay19303,461,734
Italy1934, 199060,550,075
France1938, 199865,129,728
Brazil1950, 2014211,049,527
Switzerland19548,591,365
Sweden195810,036,379
Chile196218,952,038
Argentina197844,780,677
Spain198246,736,776
Mexico1986127,575,529
United States1994329,064,917
South Korea200251,225,308
Japan2002126,860,301
Germany200683,517,045
South Africa201058,558,270
Russia2018145,872,256