1. Soccer and the FIFA World CupBy: Seora Kerr, 2007
2. History of Soccer Soccer is a sport that many cultures have
played throughout history. Different forms of soccer have been
played around the globe for centuries.
3. Early forms of Soccer The earliest form of soccer can be
traced back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries B.C. in China. Another
form of soccer also came from Japan. The Greeks and Romans also
played forms of soccer.
4. Soccers Voyage to England Historians propose that the Romans
took a form of soccer with them to England. In England, through
many years, soccer transformed into the game we know today. It
slowly began to spread in popularity all throughout Europe and into
5. The Creation Process Different organizations were made to
hold national and international soccer tournaments. Of these
organizations, the FIFA was formed and began recruiting more and
more countries to be part of their association. Without a doubt,
the FIFA became the most successful soccer association, and still
is to this day!
6. FIFA FIFA..What does it mean? Fdration Internationale de
Football Association - French International Federation of
Association Football - English
7. FIFAa little more FIFAWhat is it? FIFA is an international
association of soccer that currently oversees many international
soccer tournaments, most notably, the World Cup. FIFA is currently
the largest sport governing body association and the second largest
international organization in the world.
8. International Soccer begins Before the formation of the
FIFA, the first ever international soccer match was played in
England and Scotland in 1872. Soccer, at that time was a stage
sport and was not normally seen outside of Great Britian. As soccer
began to spread in popularity, an organization called FIFA began in
1904. This association was comprised of 7 European countries.
9. Off to a slow start At first, FIFA was very unsuccessful at
advancing the popularity of soccer internationally. People did not
take soccer seriously because it was not viewed as a competitive
sport, like the many others. It actually took them 26 years to come
up with a plan for their first international tournament, which we
know now as the World Cup.
10. Soccer at the Olympics Before the World Cup competition was
created, soccer was held as a demonstration sport at the Olympics
in 1900, 1904 and the Summer Olympics in 1906. In 1908, soccer
finally became an official competition at the Olympics. It was
considered by the majority a show instead of a real sport. England
won the soccer event in both 1908 and 1912.
11. Unpopular with the Gringos In the early 1900s, soccer was
becoming a little more popular around the world, except in the
United States. Because of the unpopularity of soccer in the U.S.A.,
the decision was made to eliminate soccer from the 1932 Olympics.
Because of this decision, FIFA decided it was time to make a move.
The organization then made a decision that would change the future
of soccer worldwide.
12. Decisions, Decisions It was 1930 when FIFA decided to try
and change the role soccer played on the world. From the very
beginning of the association, the president of FIFA at the time,
Jules Rimet, wanted soccer to be more than just a fun sport viewed
at the Olympics. He wanted the world to view soccer as a
competitive sport, full of excitement and pleasure. The members of
the FIFA organized an international soccer competition called the
World Cup that would hold its first competition in Uruguay.
13. World Cup From the very first competition in Uruguay, the
World Cup has grown in popularity and prestige. Today, the World
Cup holds the entire world under its spell.
14. FIFA The FIFA World Cup consists of mens national soccer
teams belonging to the FIFA organization.
15. World Cup Championships The championship has been held
every 4 years since the first tournament in 1930 excluding the
years 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.
16. Talk about Popular No other sporting event captures the
worlds attention like the World Cup. The World Cup Finals, is the
most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated
1.1 billion people watching the tournament in 2002.
17. World Cup in France In Frances 1998 tournament, 37 billion
viewers watched and 2.7 million flocked to watch the 64 matches
18. The Process The manner in which FIFA determines which
national teams will compete in the tournament is quite complicated.
Only 32 national teams compete in the World Cup tournament. To
determine the participating teams, there are qualifying rounds that
each nation must compete in. The qualification process takes about
3 years and they normally begin soon after the Finals have taken
19. The Process The whole competition takes approximately a
month from start to finish and takes place in the host nation or
20. Victorious Brazil There have been 18 tournaments in all and
only 7 nations have won the title! Brazil has the most successful
World Cup team, having 5 wins under their belt!
21. Cup Holders The current cup holders, Italy, have won the
competition 4 times and Germany has won it 3 times. Uruguay has won
one title and Argentina, two titles. England and France both have
22. U.S.A. Guess what? The United States has never won! Poor
23. 2006 World Cup The most recent World Cup Finals were held
from June 9th and July 9th in 2006. The host nation was Germany,
and as mentioned earlier, Italy won the title. They competed
against France in the Finals. The competition was won by a penalty
shootout 5-3 after the match finished with a score of 1-1.
24. World Cup-2010 The next World Cup will be held in South
Africa in 2010.
25. World Cup for Women!! Since 1991, FIFA has organized a
World Cup for women, known as the FIFA Womens World Cup. They also
play every 4 years and the process of qualification is much the
same as the mens.
26. FIFA today After all these years, and many changes the FIFA
has seen, the main focus of the FIFA World Cup remains the samethe
glistening golden trophy, which is the embodiment of every
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