Oceania – Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). Europe – Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). AFC – Asian Cup. CAF – Africa Cup of Nations. CONCACAF – CONCACAF Gold Cup. CONMEBOL – Copa América. OFC – OFC Nations Cup. UEFA – European Championship. West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) – represents nations at the western extremity of the continent, except Iran and Israel. East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) – represents nations in East Asia, plus Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. Central Asian Football Association (CAFA) – represents nations in Central Asia, except Kazakhstan, plus Iran and Afghanistan.
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Asian Football Confederation (AFC; 47 members) Confederation of African Football (CAF; 56 members) Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF; 41 members) Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL; 10 members) Oceania Football Confederation (OFC; 14 members) Union of European Football Associations (UEFA; 55 members) In total, FIFA recognises 211 national associations and their associated men's national teams as well as 129 women's national teams; see the list of national football teams and their respective country codes.
The AFC also organises the AFC Futsal Championship, AFC Beach Soccer Championship, various age-level international youth football tournaments and the Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup and for football at the Summer Olympics. In addition to the AFC run international tournaments, each AFC regional federation organises its own tournament for national teams: EAFF East Asian Cup, SAFF Championship, AFF Championship, CAFA Championship and WAFF Championship.
After the World Cup, the most important international football competitions are the continental championships, which are organised by each continental confederation and contested between national teams. These are the European Championship (UEFA), the Copa América (CONMEBOL), African Cup of Nations (CAF), the Asian Cup (AFC), the CONCACAF Gold Cup (CONCACAF) and the OFC Nations Cup (OFC). The FIFA Confederations Cup is contested by the winners of all six continental championships, the current FIFA World Cup champions and the country which is hosting the Confederations Cup.
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See also: Soviet Union football league system'' Leagues Cups Also known as North Yemen Leagues *North Yemeni League Cups *North Yemen Cup of the Republic Leagues Cups *Yugoslav Cup FIFA World Cup. FIFA Women's World Cup. FIFA Confederations Cup. Summer Olympic Games. Summer Universiade. Artemio Franchi Trophy (between winners and runners-up of Copa America and UEFA European Championship). Intercontinental Cup (defunct competition endorsed between UEFA and CONMEBOL). UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup (defunct under-18 men tournament between teams from Europe and Africa). Algarve Cup. Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup. Algeria International Football Tournament. Balkan Cup. Brazil Independence Cup.
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Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).
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Among them is the Belgian 20 euro Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup Coin. The obverse of the coin shows a footballer with a ball, right above them '2006 FIFA World Cup Germany' can be clearly seen. 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee. 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, also held in Germany. 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™, FIFA.com. FIFA Technical Report (Part 1) and (Part 2). RSSSF Archive of finals. Official FIFA World Cup site. Germany 2006 – Home.
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Israel has competed in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in three different confederations, competing in the Asian Football Confederation before settling in Europe as a member of the Union of European Football Associations in 1994. The Israeli side qualified for their only FIFA World Cup to date in 1970. Israel also hosted and won the AFC Asian Cup in 1964, and was finalist in 1956 and in 1960. Football has a long tradition in Israel. The game was originally introduced during the time of the Ottoman Empire.
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This result marked the first time that two teams from the same continent had won successive World Cups (following Italy in 2006), and saw Europe reaching 10 World Cup titles, surpassing South America's nine titles. Spain became the first team since West Germany in 1974 to win the World Cup as European champions. The result also marked the first time that a European nation had won a World Cup Finals that was not hosted on European soil. A closing ceremony was held before the final, featuring singer Shakira. Afterwards, the former South African President Nelson Mandela made a brief appearance on the pitch, wheeled in by a motorcart.
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Jamaica is the smallest country to ever win a World Cup match, by virtue of their 2–1 victory over Japan in 1998. The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the World Cup, sorted by number of appearances: CONCACAF nations have hosted the FIFA World Cup three times. The 1970 FIFA World Cup took place in Mexico, the first World Cup tournament to be staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. Mexico was chosen as the host nation in 1964 by FIFA's congress ahead of the only other submitted bid from Argentina. The tournament was won by Brazil.
Switzerland hosted the 1954 FIFA World Cup, and was the joint host, with Austria, of the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. The Swiss Super League is the nation's professional football club league. Europe's highest football pitch, at 2,000 m above sea level, is located in Switzerland and is named the Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium. Many Swiss also follow ice hockey and support one of the 12 teams of the National League, which is the most attended league in Europe. In 2009, Switzerland hosted the IIHF World Championship for the 10th time. It also became World Vice-Champion in 2013 and 2018. The numerous lakes make Switzerland an attractive place for sailing.
The German men's national football team won the FIFA World Cup in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014, the UEFA European Championship in 1972, 1980 and 1996, and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017. Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1974 and 2006 and the UEFA European Championship in 1988. Other popular spectator sports include winter sports, boxing, basketball, handball, volleyball, ice hockey, tennis, horse riding and golf. Water sports like sailing, rowing, and swimming are popular in Germany as well. Germany is one of the leading motor sports countries in the world. Constructors like BMW and Mercedes are prominent manufacturers in motor sport.
The Swedish national football team has seen some success at the World Cup in the past, finishing second when they hosted the tournament in 1958, and third twice, in 1950 and 1994. Athletics has enjoyed a surge in popularity due to several successful athletes in recent years, such as Carolina Klüft and Stefan Holm. Sweden hosted the 1912 Summer Olympics, Equestrian at the 1956 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 1958. Other big sports events include the UEFA Euro 1992, 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, 1995 World Championships in Athletics, UEFA Women's Euro 2013, and several championships of ice hockey, curling, athletics, skiing, bandy, figure skating and swimming.
The country's national football team won the UEFA European Football Championship in 1964, 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010, and is the first team to ever win three back-to-back major international tournaments. Basketball, tennis, cycling, handball, futsal, motorcycling and, lately, Formula One are also important due to the presence of Spanish champions in all these disciplines. Today, Spain is a major world sports powerhouse, especially since the 1992 Summer Olympics that were hosted in Barcelona, which stimulated a great deal of interest in sports in the country.
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The Federation then began to work to bring the big event to Europe. In 1985, the second futsal World Cup was organized in Madrid, Spain, where the Brazilian team won again. The event was a success, with a considerable media interest and a huge response from the audience, thanks to the Spanish TV station that filmed the event. In 1985, Joseph Blatter, at that time secretary of football's governing body, FIFA, thought it was the right time to enlarge its influence and, therefore, to also deal with indoor football.
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Josip Skoblar. 1962 FIFA World Cup Chile ™, FIFA.com. Details at RSSSF.
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FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition Statistics (from FIFA.com). FIFA World Cup Preliminary History (from FIFA.com). FIFA World Cup 2018 Regulations. FIFA World Cup 2018 Guide (from fifa-world-cup-2018.info).
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It was the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe, and the 11th time that it had been held in Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup. It was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system. The finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically.
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Mexico as the host nation and England as reigning World Cup champions were granted automatic qualification, with the remaining fourteen finals places divided among the continental confederations. Eight places were available to teams from UEFA (Europe), three for CONMEBOL (South America), one for CAF (Africa), one for an AFC/OFC team (Asia/Oceania), and one for CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean). A place in the finals for an African representative was guaranteed for the first time, as a response to the mass boycott of the qualifying process for 1966 by the African entrants after FIFA linked Africa, Asia and Oceania together with only one qualifying place on offer.
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This was the final World Cup in which the defending champions qualified automatically. 14 places were contested by UEFA teams (Europe), five by CAF teams (Africa), four by CONMEBOL teams (South America), four by AFC teams (Asia) and three by CONCACAF teams (North and Central America and the Caribbean). The remaining two places were decided by playoffs between AFC and UEFA and between CONMEBOL and OFC (Oceania). Four nations qualified for the finals for the first time: China, Ecuador, Senegal and Slovenia. As of 2018, this was the last time the Republic of Ireland, Turkey and China qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, as well as the last time Australia and Switzerland failed to qualify.
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The 1–0 scoreline provided another first: Argentina were the first team to fail to score in a World Cup Final. With its third title (and three second-place finishes) West Germany – in its final tournament before national reunification – became the most successful World Cup nation at the time. West German manager Franz Beckenbauer became the first man to both captain (in 1974) and manage a World Cup winning team, and only the second man (after Mário Zagallo of Brazil) to win the World Cup as a player and as team manager. It was also the first time a team from UEFA won the final against a non-European team.
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UEFA (Europe): 16 slots. CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean): 6 slots. OFC (Oceania): 1 slot. CONMEBOL (South America): 6 slots. Playoff: 2 slots. A denotes a stadium used for previous men's World Cup tournaments (United States and Mexico only). A denotes an indoor stadium with a fixed or retractable roof. – CTV, TSN, RDS. – Fox, Telemundo.
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Music of the World Cup: Allez! Ola! Ole! – The Official 1998 FIFA World Cup music album. 1998 World Cup terror plot. next 1998 FIFA World Cup France ™, FIFA.com. RSSSF Archive of finals. RSSSF Archive of qualifying rounds. at the BBC.
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