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The World Cup Quiz
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The World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events in the world. How much do you know about this frenzy of football (or soccer)?

What year featured the first men's World Cup?

  • 1930
  • 1938
  • 1942

How often is the World Cup held?

  • Every two years
  • Every four years
  • Every five years

Which country won the first World Cup?

  • Brazil
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina

Which team did England defeat to claim the 1966 World Cup?

  • USSR
  • West Germany
  • Portugal

About how many people watched the final game of the 2006 World Cup featuring Italy versus France?

  • 1 billion
  • 715 million
  • 500 million

Where was the final game of the 1994 World Cup held?

  • Chicago
  • Pasadena
  • Atlanta

According to FIFA rules, what is the minimum capacity of venues hosting World Cup finals matches?

  • 40,000
  • 60,000
  • 80,000

From which country was a player first given a red card in a World Cup?

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Russia

Why did few European teams play in the first World Cup?

  • Their teams were not very good.
  • Travel to South America was difficult.
  • Residual hostilities from World War I.

When the host country's team is playing, the World Cup has a reputation for causing more of which health problem?

  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Assault

As of 2014, how many countries have played in the World Cup?

  • 203
  • 112
  • 77

Only two World Cups have been canceled. What caused their cancellation?

  • Two highly publicized hostage situations
  • Cold War hostilities
  • World War II

How many times has the United States hosted the World Cup?

  • Once
  • Twice
  • Three times

Why did Turkey withdraw from the 1950 World Cup?

  • Lack of money
  • Political tensions
  • The team disbanded

Which country is the only one to have played in all 19 FIFA World Cups?

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Mexico

In 1982, the tournament was expanded to how many teams?

  • 24
  • 28
  • 32

About how many teams vie for a spot in the World Cup?

  • 100
  • 150
  • 200

How many qualifying matches did teams play as part of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup?

  • About 850
  • About 930
  • About 1,100

Why did FIFA suspend bidding for the 2026 World Cup?

  • Accusations of bribery and corruption
  • A terrorist attack
  • Confusion around new bidding rules

A player from which country scored the first goal in World Cup history?

  • Italy
  • France
  • Uruguay

How long does the Final Competition last?

  • Two weeks
  • A month
  • Five days

In which year did the World Cup begin featuring custom mascots or logos for the event?

  • 1966
  • 1970
  • 1978

What was a primary reason that Uruguay was selected as host for the first World Cup?

  • It offered to pay for travel for all qualifying teams.
  • Per capita, it had the greatest number of football fans.
  • The country was the biggest draw for tourism in the world at the time.

In what year was the World Cup first televised?

  • 1954
  • 1958
  • 1962

Footix was the name of the mascot for the 1998 World Cup held in France. What kind of animal was Footix?

  • A sea bass
  • A chicken
  • A pig

Why has Qatar already received criticism for its handling of the 2022 World Cup?

  • Poor treatment of construction workers
  • Religious controversies
  • Racism

Zakumi was the mascot for which year's World Cup?

  • 1998
  • 2010
  • 2006

About how many different TV channels broadcast the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?

  • About 245 channels
  • About 150 channels
  • About 95 channels

When was the first FIFA Women's World Cup held?

  • 1991
  • 1995
  • 1987

What is the planned capacity of the largest venue for the World Cup in 2022?

  • About 90,000
  • About 120,000
  • About 140,000