History of the FIFA World Cup – Part I

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

With the 2014 edition of the FIFA World Cup kicking off tomorrow, News 4 This Morning takes a look back at the history of a tournament that would become one of the biggest sporting events in the world, with a focus on Team USA.

FIFA stands for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the world governing organization of international soccer.

The first FIFA World Cup was contested in 1930, between 13 teams in Urugray. This first tournament was also the best for the United States, with the team finishing 3rd overall.

The tournament slowly grew to 16 teams participating, with more and more nations joining in and fans attending. In 1950, Team USA pulled off an upset, defeating England 1-0. However, after the 1950 FIFA World Cup, Team USA would not make an appearance in the tournament again for decades.

By 1982, the tournament continued to grow, with 24 teams participating.

Check in Thursday for part 2 of a brief history of the FIFA World Cup.


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