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:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1United States329,064,9179,372,610 km²3,617,827 mi²6.31%0.60%AmericasNorthern America
2Brazil211,049,5278,515,767 km²3,287,086 mi²5.74%0.75%AmericasSouth America
3Russia145,872,25617,098,242 km²6,599,921 mi²11.52%0.09%EuropeEastern Europe
4Mexico127,575,5291,964,375 km²758,249 mi²1.32%1.10%AmericasCentral America
5Japan126,860,301377,930 km²145,881 mi²0.25%-0.27%AsiaEastern Asia
6Germany83,517,045357,114 km²137,846 mi²0.24%0.47%EuropeWestern Europe
7France65,129,728551,695 km²212,954 mi²0.37%0.21%EuropeWestern Europe
8Italy60,550,075301,336 km²116,316 mi²0.20%-0.13%EuropeSouthern Europe
9South Africa58,558,2701,221,037 km²471,320 mi²0.82%1.33%AfricaSouthern Africa
10South Korea51,225,308100,210 km²38,681 mi²< 0.1%0.10%AsiaEastern Asia
11Spain46,736,776505,992 km²195,313 mi²0.34%0.09%EuropeSouthern Europe
12Argentina44,780,6772,780,400 km²1,073,234 mi²1.87%0.95%AmericasSouth America
13Chile18,952,038756,102 km²291,855 mi²0.51%1.19%AmericasSouth America
14Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²173,814 mi²0.30%0.65%EuropeNorthern Europe
15Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²15,936 mi²< 0.1%0.77%EuropeWestern Europe
16Uruguay3,461,734181,034 km²69,879 mi²0.12%0.36%AmericasSouth America