Since the inception of the idea of the World Cup in 1930, soccer has undergone a tremendous transformation. From the first-ever organization, CONMEBOL, to FIFA, this sporting event has become the most popular in the world, with teams competing from all continents. In this article, we will discuss the evolution of this tournament from its beginnings to 2020.
The first-ever FIFA World Cup was inaugurated in Uruguay in 1930 with 13 teams participating, which was won by the Uruguayan national team. The Brazilian team had to withdraw after all its players were red-carded. In the following years, regular tournaments were held, and the number of teams was expanded to 24 in 1982. In 1994, the number was further increased to 32 teams.
Over the years, the World Cup has witnessed many iconic matches, such as the 1970 final between Brazil and Italy, where Pele, one of Brazil's greatest players, became famous for scoring a legendary goal at that time. In 1986, the famous Argentinean player, Diego Maradona, scored an amazing goal against England, which is unforgettable.
The rules of the game also evolved over the years as penalty shootouts in the second leg of the final were banned in 1970. In 1982, the match duration was reduced from 120 minutes to 90 minutes, with penalty shootouts to decide the winner of tied matches.
In 2014, the World Cup moved to Brazil, with 32 teams competing from all over the world. It was the most popular tournament yet, with many strong teams participating, and the game reaching the highest levels.
The upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be a fresh start in many ways, with changes made to the tournament schedule and heat being managed to avoid harsh conditions.
It can be said that the FIFA World Cup is the most popular and exciting sporting event globally, featuring the strongest teams from all over the world. Since its inception in 1930, the World Cup has witnessed many developments and changes, yet it has always deserved its status as one of the most important sporting events in history.