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
June 27, 1906 - The first French Grand Prix finishes in Le Mans with Ferenc Szisz winning the Grand Prix.
1907 - Manchester United goes bust.
September 28, 1907 - Championship of Australia is held for the first time in 11 years with Norwood (SAFA) defeating Essendon
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.
January 16, 1909 - France joins the Five Nations Championship after playing against the other British nations between 1906 to 1908.
May 30, 1909 - The first Giro d'Italia ends in Milan with Luigi Ganna winning the tour by one point.
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.
May 30, 1911 - The first Indianapolis 500 is held
1912 - The first World Test Championship is held in England.
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 4-11, 1913 - The first Far Eastern Championship Games is held in Manila, Philippines
July 28, 1913 - Canada shock the tennis world by defeating the British Isles 3-2 in the International Lawn Tennis Challenge.
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.
May 30, 1914 - Josef Christiaen becomes the first winner of the Indianapolis 500 to not come from the United States.
July 28, 1914 - World War I starts
December 19, 1917 - The first National Hockey League season begins in Canada.
May 18, 1918 - Copa America 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
September 2, 1920 - Belgium defeats the Netherlands 2-1 in the Olympic final
August 4, 1921 - The first UCI Road World Championships is held in Copenhagen.
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 27, 1923 - The first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is held with André Lagache and René Léonard taking out the win.
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
April 13, 1925 - France wins their first Five Nations Championship after defeating England in the final match.
June 7, 1925 - Alfredo Binda wins his first Giro d'Italia of six titles that he would win between 1925 and 1933.
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.
September 18, 1926 - Port Melbourne wins their first VFA premiership, the first of what will be four in a row.
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.
April 7, 1929 - The first Monaco Grand Prix is held with Georges Bouriano taking the victory
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 2-9, 1930: The first British Empire Games is held in Hamilton, Canada. England finished on top of the medal table.
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.
December 6-14, 1930: The first South American Basketball Championship is held in Uruguay.
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.
June 19, 1932: The 24 Hours of Le Mans is run again for the first time in seven years with Raymond Sommer and Luigi Chinetti taking the win.
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 16-20, 1933: The final Far Eastern Championship Games is held in Manila, Philippines.
May 28, 1933: Alfredo Binda wins his last of six Giro d'Italias in Milan.
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.
April 6, 1935: The last Stanley Cup is won by the Montreal Maroons. This is the same until twelve years when it was brought back.
May 7, 1935: Switzerland win the first EuroBasket competition held at Switzerland. But this would be the only success that the Swiss will have in basketball.
May 15, 1935: Gustaaf Deloor wins the first Vuelta a España to be held.
July 17, 1936: The Spanish Civil War starts
August 1-16, 1936: The 1936 Summer Olympics is held in Hamburg, Germany.
August 1, 1936: The first European Nations Cup begins at the Summer Olympics.
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 12, 1938: Latvia cause an massive upset in the 1938 World Ice Hockey Championships when they defeated the United States by a single goal.
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 20, 1938: Germany wins the 1938 World Ice Hockey Championships as they defeat Canada in the final.
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.
April 1, 1939: The Spanish Civil War ends in a Nationalist victory.
September 1, 1939: World War II starts