FIFA World Cup Host Countries

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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.

FIFA’s Council chooses the host countries. 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:

FIFA World Cup Host Countries

Country Year Hosted 2021 Population
Qatar20222,930,528
Russia2018145,912,025
South Africa201060,041,994
South Korea200251,305,186
Japan2002126,050,804
United States1994332,915,073
Spain198246,745,216
Argentina197845,605,826
Germany197483,900,473
Mexico1970130,262,216
United Kingdom196668,207,116
Chile196219,212,361
Sweden195810,160,169
Switzerland19548,715,494
Brazil1950, 2014213,993,437
France1938, 199865,426,179
Italy1934, 199060,367,477
Uruguay19303,485,151

FIFA World Cup Host Countries