The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest soccer single-event sporting competition in the world and is contested by the senior men’s national teams from the 208 Member Associations of FIFA. The competition has been played every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. It fulfils FIFA’s objectives to touch the world, develop the game, and build a better future through a variety of ways.
The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of one month. This phase is often called the Final Competition. A qualification phase, the Preliminary Competition which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).
The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event. An estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany and the 2010 event in South Africa was broadcast to 204 countries on 245 different channels. Inside the stadiums, a total of 3,170,856 spectators attended the 64 matches an average of 49,670 per match and the third highest aggregate attendance behind USA 1994 and Germany 2006.
http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/worldcup/ – About the world cup.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/the-basics-of-soccers-world-cup.html The Basics of Soccer’s World Cup.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ – World Cup Definition of the World Cup.
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