This is the timeline for the
An Earlier World Cup of Football
May 21, 1904 - FIFA is formed in Paris, France.
April 9-May 13, 1906 - The 1906 FIFA World Cup is held in France.
May 13, 1906 - Uruguay wins the first FIFA World Cup after defeating Austria 4-0 in the final
1907 - Manchester United goes bust.
1908 - Netherlands wins the football tournament in London to get their first gold medal.
April 27-October 31, 1908 - 1908 Summer Olympics is held in London, United Kingdom.
April 10-27, 1910 - The 1910 FIFA World Cup is held in Austria.
April 27, 1910 - England wins their first World Cup after defeating Belgium 2-1.
1910 - The Nordic Football Championship is held in Norway.
April 27, 1912 - Everton becomes the first team to win back to back Football League titles
July 4, 1912 - Netherlands defends the Olympic football title in Stockholm.
July 6-22, 1912 - The 1912 Summer Olympics is held in Stockholm, Sweden.
1913 - The first FIFA World Cup qualifer is played in Wrexham.
February 27, 1914 - The last Swiss Tri Tournament is held with Argentina winning the last tournament.
April 5-25, 1914 - The 1914 FIFA World Cup is held in England.
April 25, 1914 - Denmark cause a upset defeating England in extra time.
July 28, 1914 - World War I starts
September 14, 1916 - CONMEBOL is formed in Sao Paulo
May 18, 1918 - Copa América first tournament is held in Brazil.
November 11, 1918 - World War I ends
August 12-September 2, 1920 - The 1920 Summer Olympics is held in Antwerp, Belgium
August 29, 1920 - Czechoslovakia is disqualifed from the 1920 edition after walking off from the field in the quarter final against Norway.
September 2, 1920 - Belgium defeats the Netherlands 2-1 in the Olympic final
May 10-20, 1922 - The 1922 FIFA World Cup is held in the Netherlands
May 20, 1922 - Belgium wins their first FIFA World Cup title after defeating Netherlands 2-1.
May 4-July 27, 1924 - The 1924 Summer Olympics is held in Paris, France.
June 9, 1924 - Uruguay defeats Italy 1-0 in the Olympic final
May 10-June 1, 1926 - The 1926 FIFA World Cup is held in Spain
June 1, 1926 - Uruguay becomes the first team to win FIFA World Cup twice after defeating the Netherlands 3-2 in extra time.
August 9, 1927 - The first British League Cup is held in London with Belfast Celtic defeating Rangers 2-0 in the final.
August 10, 1927 - Lithuania wins the first Baltic Cup
September 2, 1927 - The first Mitropa Cup is held.
June 10, 1928 - Italy defeats Uruguay 2-0 in a repeat of the 1924 Olympic Final in Amsterdam.
June 16, 1928 - The first FIFA World Rankings is revealed with the Netherlands on top.
July 28-August 12, 1928 - The 1928 Summer Olympics is held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
April 6, 1929 - Egypt becomes the first team from Africa to qualify through to the World Cup.
July 13-August 10, 1930: The 1930 FIFA World Cup is held in Uruguay. This is the first time that its held in South America.
August 10, 1930: Netherlands wins the FIFA World Cup for the first time, defeating Argentina by 2 goals.
October 11, 1930: WEFF is formed in London, England which becomes the first regional confederation.
October 4, 1931: Yugoslavia takes the first Balkan Cup in Bulgaria.
February 13, 1932: The first WEFF Championship qualifier is held in Belfast which also brings the start of 1934 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
July 30-August 14, 1932: The 1932 Summer Olympics is held in Los Angeles, United States.
August 11, 1932: Argentina takes the football competition at the Olympics after defeating the host nation by 4-1. But crowd numbers were down to compared to previous tournaments.
February 1, 1933: France win the first WEFF Championship by a score of 3-1 against Wales.
May 12-June 4, 1934: The 1934 FIFA World Cup is held in Italy.
June 4, 1934: Italy win the FIFA World Cup to become the first host team to win the trophy.
January 29, 1935: France defeat Switzerland in the final of the 1935 WEFF Championship.
February 17, 1935: FIFA brings back the knockout format to the FIFA World Cup for what will be the first time in 28 years.
August 1-16, 1936: The 1936 Summer Olympics is held in Hamburg, Germany.
August 15, 1936: Italy wins their second Olympic gold medal by defeating Hungary in the final by a score of 1-0.
December 27, 1936: The 1937 South American Championship begins in Argentina as this is the first time that the competition has expanded beyond five teams.
January 26, 1937: Italy win the final WEFF Championship over Switzerland at home.
August 17, 1937: Dutch East Indies become the first team from Asia to qualify through to the World Cup.
February 13, 1938: Scotland wins their third British Empire Games football gold medal in a row after defeating England 3-2 in the final. This was the last tournament to see a full strength independent British teams competing in football.
February 23, 1938: Costa Rica surprises Central America by finishing with the gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games beating Mexico by goal difference.
May 14-29, 1938: The 1938 FIFA World Cup is held in Argentina.
August 19, 1938: The first football tournament at the Bolivarian Games is held in Bogota, Colombia with Peru taking the gold medal.
May 29, 1938: Italy becomes the first team to win two consecutive FIFA World Cups after they defeat the Netherlands in the final 2-0.
September 1, 1939: World War II starts
May 18, 1941: Costa Rica wins the first CCCF Championship at their home country as they won all four matches.
January 31, 1942: Argentina wins the first Pan American Championship after defeating Uruguay in the final match.
February 25, 1945: Chile once again finishes in 4th place for the fifth time in a row at the 1945 South American Championship while Argentina takes home the title.
September 2, 1945: World War II ends
March 4, 1946: The Victory International Cup starts in Switzerland
March 21, 1946: The Victory International Cup ends with France taking home the international cup as they defeated Yugoslavia in the final.
December 21, 1946: Colombia is the first host team to win at the Central American and Caribbean Games as they finished ahead of Venezuela by goal difference.
May 4, 1947: Chile becomes the first team to win a qualifier to the 1947 South American Championship after they defeated Bolivia at home.
June 15, 1947: In a popular vote, it was decided that the FIFA World Cup would be expanded to twenty teams to encourage more nations to compete at the top level. This was the same day that Sweden won the hosting rights for the 1950 FIFA World Cup and Chile winning hosting rights for the 1954 FIFA World Cup
October 22, 1947: The British FA is formed after the success of the "match of the century" and the Victory International Cup led to a merge of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
February 11, 1948: The first South American Championship of Champions is held in Santiago, Chile with was the first continetal club competition.
April 17, 1948: The first FIFA Youth Tournament comes to a close in Great Britain with the hosts defeating Italy in the final.
July 29-August 14, 1948: The 1948 Summer Olympics is held in London.
August 13, 1948: Sweden takes out the gold medal after defeating Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final at Wembley.
May 5, 1949: Paraguay take home their first South American Championship after they defeated Brazil in the final match of the tournament.
March 13, 1950: Honduras takes out their first title in the Central American and the Caribbean Games after the competition saw the final round change into a knockout tournament for the first time.
June 16-July 17, 1950: The 1950 FIFA World Cup is held in Sweden.
June 21, 1950: The biggest win by a nation in the FIFA World Cup is recorded in this date when Uruguay smashed Jamaica 11-0 at the Olympia in Helsingborg.
July 19, 1950: Sweden took out their first World Cup after they defeated Great Britain 2-1 in the final.
March 9, 1951: Argentina take out the first football tournament at the Pan American Games after finishing on top of the five team group.
March 13, 1951: Iran take out the first football tournament at the Asian Games after defeating India in extra time.
September 23, 1951: Sweden win their first Nordic Chmapionship in over 25 years after they defeated Norway 5-2 in the final match at Gothenburg.
April 13, 1952: Brazil takes home their first Pan American Championship after they defeated Chile in the final matchday of the competition.
July 19-August 3, 1952: The 1952 Summer Olympics is held in Helsinki
July 25, 1952: Federación de Football de Chile declares that the FIFA World Cup will drop back down to a sixteen team competition from the twenty that it was in the previous Cup.
August 2, 1952: Soviet Union take home their first gold medal in the football competition at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
August 22, 1953: Belgium and France associations have a talk which would the basis in the formation of UEFA.
June 12-July 12, 1954: The 1954 FIFA World Cup is held in Chile.
July 12, 1954: Hungary take out the 1954 FIFA World Cup after they defeated Romania 5-1 at Santiago.
May 7, 1955: The first ever qualifer for the UEFA European Championship is held in Dublin with the Republic of Ireland defeating Saar 3-0.
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