With soccer spreading rapidly worldwide, the need for an international governing body became urgent.
In 1909 representatives from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland founded in Paris The Federation Internationale de Football Association (International Federation of Association Football) or FIFA.
Today FIFA comprises 209 national associations.
In 1930 FIFA launched the first World Cup. In the final, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people. Since then, the championship has been awarded every four years, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.