Since its inaugural tournament, the FIFA World Cup - now also known as the Soccer World Cup, the Football World Cup, or just the World Cup - has become the most widely seen sports championship in the world, with an even larger television audience than the Olympic Games.

Since 1977 FIFA has also coordinated youth equivalents of the international championship, in addition to club football equivalents and equivalents for football variations such as futsal and beach soccer. Back in 1991, FIFA introduced a women’s soccer equivalent to the World Cup, known as the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the first of which happened in the People’s Republic of China involving twelve nations and has been won by the USA and which currently takes place between sixteen teams within the course of 3 weeks.

After fifa world cup 2018 game had happened in 1872, in Glasgow between Scotland and England, the founders of this game - as well as at the time that the first international soccer tournament, the first British Home Championship, had happened twelve decades later in 1884 between Scotland and Ireland - the sport had yet to gain much international attention and has been played very little outside of the U.K. Nevertheless, the beginnings of football’s international popularity were budding. As other nations did come to acknowledge the sport in the years which followed, it was still only regarded as a demonstration sport, especially when it came into the Olympic Games; during the 1900 and 1904 Olympics, it was played for instance, but minus the awarding of any awards.

In 1904, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris as an official, organized global governing body that could represent the interests and progress of football worldwide, and one of its first orders of business was to try to establish a really international soccer tournament outside of the context of the Olympics, although it took decades for them to successfully achieve that objective. The World Cup will eventually become the premiere international sporting event culminating at the most coveted sports award on the planet.