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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™: November 20 – December 18

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.158

From Wikipedia, History of the FIFA World Cup:

“The FIFA World Cup was first held in 1930, when FIFA, the world's football governing body, decided to stage an international men's football tournament under the era of FIFA president Jules Rimet who put this idea into place. The inaugural edition, held in 1930, was contested as a final tournament of only thirteen teams invited by the organization. Since then, the World Cup has experienced successive expansions and format remodeling, with its current 32-team final tournament preceded by a two-year qualifying process, involving over 200 teams from around the world.”

Key Stats

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Database (demographic data) and USA Trade Online (trade data); Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook (country reference maps).

Note: The page image above is cropped at the bottom. Click on the image for the full page, including charts on merchandise trade and population as well as source and notes.

More Stats

From the Population Clock, World Population Clock: 31 countries in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (two teams are from the United Kingdom: England and Wales)

Note: The gold trophy icon 🏆 represents one World Cup title.  Italy with 🏆🏆🏆🏆  World Cup titles did not quality in 2022.

Note: The table above was created from the IDB by downloading the table in Excel and sorting the countries by population from largest to smallest. England and Wales are part of the United Kingdom. You can sort by any column by clicking on the header. This will sort the data according to the values in that column. The arrow indicates the direction of the sort. For example, click on Density to learn that South Korea is the most densely populated country (534.9 people per sq. km.), while Australia is the least densely populated country (3.4 people per sq. km.).

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Note: The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by three countries for the first time: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In 2002, two countries hosted the World Cup for the first time: Japan and South Korea.


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