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Title: Soccer and the FIFA World Cup

Soccer and the FIFA World Cup
  • By Señora Kerr, 2007

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.

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

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 South America.

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!

  • FIFA..What does it mean?
  • Fédération Internationale de Football Association
    - French
  • International Federation of Association Football
    - English

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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
  • The members of the FIFA organized an
    international soccer competition called the World
    Cup that would hold its first competition in

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.

  • The FIFA World Cup consists of mens national
    soccer teams belonging to the FIFA organization.

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.

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

World Cup in France
  • In Frances 1998 tournament, 37 billion viewers
    watched and 2.7 million flocked to watch the 64
    matches held there.

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
  • 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 place.

The Process
  • The whole competition takes approximately a month
    from start to finish and takes place in the host
    nation or nations.

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!

Cup Holders
  • The current cup holders, Italy, have won the
    competition 4 times and Germany has won it 3
  • Uruguay has won one title and Argentina, two
  • England and France both have one title.

  • Guess what? The United States has never won!
    Poor Gringos!

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.

World Cup-2010
  • The next World Cup will be held in South Africa
    in 2010.

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.

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 footballers