Fifa World Cup Host Countries

World Cup Host Countries

History Of Fifa World Cup Host Countries

Since the first World Cup in 1930, seventeen counties have been listed as the world cup host countries in the competition’s twenty-one editions. The World Cup title has been given every four years (except in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II). Initially, the organization provided hosting rights to nations during FIFA congress sessions. Given the three-week boat travel between South America and Europe, the two football powerhouses at the time, the choice of venue was contentious in the early tournaments.

Brazil and Germany both submitted bids to host

Brazil and Germany both submitted bids to host the 1942 World Cup; however, no decision was made to select who would host. Columbia was chosen to host the tournament for the 1986 World Cup however, it was pulled four years before the event’s start date. Mexico was eventually the host of the tournament. In 2002 the first time, the event was held by two nations, Japan along with South Korea.

Related: Qatar World Cup 2022 Dates

The hosts who will host the 2022 and 2018 were announced on December 2nd, 2010, and the winners were Russia along with Qatar. It will be the first World Cup to be hosted by three countries that will take place in 2026 (United United States, Mexico, and Canada).

The table below shows the host nation for each event. Click on the name of the country to learn more about the Football World Cup host.

Related: FIFA world cup groups 2022

Football World Cup host Countries list

YearHost Country
2026Canada, USA, and Mexico
2022Qatar
2018Russia
2014Brazil
2010South Africa
2006Germany
2002Japan & South Korea
1998France
1994US
1990Italy
1986Mexico
1982Spain
1978Argentina
1974Germany
1970Mexico
1966England
1962Chile
1958Sweden
1954Switzerland
1950Brazil
1942none
1938France
1934Italy
1930Uruguay

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