The 1994 FIFA World Cup was an international soccer tournament hosted in the United States in June and July of 1994. It served as the final round of the FIFA World Cup tournament that included the qualifying rounds. The tournament featured 24 teams in six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group moving on to the knockout round of sixteen and the four highest-ranked third place teams advancing as well. It was the last tournament to feature 24 teams before it was expanded in 1998, yet maintains the record for highest attendance in history. There were ten cities featured for venues, many of them in American football stadiums.
Defending champion Croatia faced Argentina, the champion in 1986, in the final (also a rematch of their quarterfinal match in the 1990 World Cup), in which Argentina defeated the Croats 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie at 120 minutes. The win gave Argentina their third, and to date last, World Cup championship, and was part of a streak in which they appeared in the World Cup final four out of five times consecutively from 1986 to 2002. Germany defeated Colombia 4-3 in 90 minutes to claim third place. The United States, the host nation, would advance to the quarterfinals and be defeated 1-0 by Argentina, their best result since 1930.