The World Cup: Year-by-Year Comparisons

Learn how World Cup tournaments have compared in nations qualifying, matches played, players participating, goals scored, average goals per game, overall attendance and attendance per game.
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Learn how World Cup tournaments have compared in nations qualifying, matches played, players participating, goals scored, average goals per game, overall attendance, and attendance per game. Use the information in this table when discussing the World Cup in your classroom; it's a great resource for math lessons on graphing and statistics, or use the table in a social studies activity about participating countries.

       GoalsAttendance
YearHostContinentWinning TeamNationsMatchesPlayersScoredPer GameOverallPer Game
1930UruguaySo. AmericaUruguay1318189703.8589,30032,739
1934ItalyEuropeItaly1617208704.1361,00021,235
1938FranceEuropeItaly1518210844.7376,00020,889
1942-46 Not held         
1950BrazilSo. AmericaUruguay1322192884.01,044,76347,489
1954SwitzerlandEuropeWest Germany16262331405.3872,00033,538
1958SwedenEuropeBrazil16352411263.6819,40223,411
1962ChileSo. AmericaBrazil1632252892.8892,81227,900
1966EnglandEuropeEngland1632254892.81,464,94445,780
1970MexicoNo. AmericaBrazil1632270953.01,690,89052,840
1974West GermanyEuropeWest Germany1638264972.61,809,95347,630
1978ArgentinaSo. AmericaArgentina16382771022.71,685,60244,358
1982SpainEuropeItaly24523961462.82,108,72340,552
1986MexicoNo. AmericaArgentina24524141322.52,393,03146,020
1990ItalyEuropeWest Germany24524131152.22,516,35448,391
1994United StatesNo. AmericaBrazil24524371402.73,587,08868,982
1998FranceEuropeFrance32647041712.72,775,40043,366
2002Japan/So. KoreaAsiaBrazil32647361612.52,705,19742,269
2006GermanyEuropeItaly32647361472.3 3,353,655 52,491
2010South AfricaAfricaSpain32647361452.3 3,170,85649,670
2014BrazilSouth AmericaGermany32647361712.67 3,429,87353,592
2018RussiaAsia and EuropeTBD32 expectedTBDTBDTBDTBD TBDTBD

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