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This is the timeline for the An Earlier World Cup of Football

1900s

  • Flag of France May 21, 1904 - FIFA is formed in Paris, France.
  • Flag of France April 9-May 13, 1906 - The 1906 FIFA World Cup is held in France.
  • Flag of France May 13, 1906 - Uruguay wins the first FIFA World Cup after defeating Austria 4-0 in the final
  • Flag of England 1907 - Manchester United goes bust.
  • Flag of the United Kingdom 1908 - Netherlands wins the football tournament in London to get their first gold medal.
  • Flag of the United Kingdom April 27-October 31, 1908 - 1908 Summer Olympics is held in London, United Kingdom.

1910s

  • Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy April 10-27, 1910 - The 1910 FIFA World Cup is held in Austria.
  • Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy April 27, 1910 - England wins their first World Cup after defeating Belgium 2-1.
  • Flag of Norway 1910 - The Nordic Football Championship is held in Norway.
  • Flag of England April 27, 1912 - Everton becomes the first team to win back to back Football League titles
  • Flag of Sweden July 4, 1912 - Netherlands defends the Olympic football title in Stockholm.
  • Flag of Sweden July 6-22, 1912 - The 1912 Summer Olympics is held in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Flag of Wales 1913 - The first FIFA World Cup qualifer is played in Wrexham.
  • Flag of Switzerland February 27, 1914 - The last Swiss Tri Tournament is held with Argentina winning the last tournament.
  • Flag of England April 5-25, 1914 - The 1914 FIFA World Cup is held in England.
  • Flag of England April 25, 1914 - Denmark cause a upset defeating England in extra time.
  • July 28, 1914 - World War I starts
  • Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) September 14, 1916 - CONMEBOL is formed in Sao Paulo
  • Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) May 18, 1918 - Copa América first tournament is held in Brazil.
  • November 11, 1918 - World War I ends

1920s

  • Flag of Belgium August 12-September 2, 1920 - The 1920 Summer Olympics is held in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Flag of Belgium August 29, 1920 - Czechoslovakia is disqualifed from the 1920 edition after walking off from the field in the quarter final against Norway.
  • Flag of Belgium September 2, 1920 - Belgium defeats the Netherlands 2-1 in the Olympic final
  • Flag of the Netherlands May 10-20, 1922 - The 1922 FIFA World Cup is held in the Netherlands
  • Flag of the Netherlands May 20, 1922 - Belgium wins their first FIFA World Cup title after defeating Netherlands 2-1.
  • Flag of France May 4-July 27, 1924 - The 1924 Summer Olympics is held in Paris, France.
  • Flag of France June 9, 1924 - Uruguay defeats Italy 1-0 in the Olympic final
  • Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931) May 10-June 1, 1926 - The 1926 FIFA World Cup is held in Spain
  • Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931) June 1, 1926 - Uruguay becomes the first team to win FIFA World Cup twice after defeating the Netherlands 3-2 in extra time.
  • Flag of England August 9, 1927 - The first British League Cup is held in London with Belfast Celtic defeating Rangers 2-0 in the final.
  • Flag of Lithuania 1918-1940 August 10, 1927 - Lithuania wins the first Baltic Cup
  • Flag of the Czech Republic September 2, 1927 - The first Mitropa Cup is held.
  • Flag of the Netherlands June 10, 1928 - Italy defeats Uruguay 2-0 in a repeat of the 1924 Olympic Final in Amsterdam.
  • Flag of the Netherlands June 16, 1928 - The first FIFA World Rankings is revealed with the Netherlands on top.
  • Flag of the Netherlands July 28-August 12, 1928 - The 1928 Summer Olympics is held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Flag of Egypt (1922–1958) April 6, 1929 - Egypt becomes the first team from Africa to qualify through to the World Cup.

1930s

  • Flag of Uruguay 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.
  • Flag of Uruguay August 10, 1930: Netherlands wins the FIFA World Cup for the first time, defeating Argentina by 2 goals.
  • Flag of England October 11, 1930: WEFF is formed in London, England which becomes the first regional confederation.
  • Flag of Bulgaria October 4, 1931: Yugoslavia takes the first Balkan Cup in Bulgaria.
  • Ulster banner February 13, 1932: The first WEFF Championship qualifier is held in Belfast which also brings the start of 1934 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • US flag with 49 stars by Hellerick July 30-August 14, 1932: The 1932 Summer Olympics is held in Los Angeles, United States.
  • US flag with 49 stars by Hellerick 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.
  • Flag of England February 1, 1933: France win the first WEFF Championship by a score of 3-1 against Wales.
  • Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned May 12-June 4, 1934: The 1934 FIFA World Cup is held in Italy.
  • Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned June 4, 1934: Italy win the FIFA World Cup to become the first host team to win the trophy.
  • Flag of the Netherlands January 29, 1935: France defeat Switzerland in the final of the 1935 WEFF Championship.
  • Flag of France February 17, 1935: FIFA brings back the knockout format to the FIFA World Cup for what will be the first time in 28 years.
  • Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945) August 1-16, 1936: The 1936 Summer Olympics is held in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945) August 15, 1936: Italy wins their second Olympic gold medal by defeating Hungary in the final by a score of 1-0.
  • Flag of Argentina 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.
  • Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned January 26, 1937: Italy win the final WEFF Championship over Switzerland at home.
  • Flag of the Netherlands August 17, 1937: Dutch East Indies become the first team from Asia to qualify through to the World Cup.
  • Flag of Australia 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.
  • Flag of Panama 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.
  • Flag of Argentina May 14-29, 1938: The 1938 FIFA World Cup is held in Argentina.
  • Flag of Colombia August 19, 1938: The first football tournament at the Bolivarian Games is held in Bogota, Colombia with Peru taking the gold medal.
  • Flag of Argentina 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

1940s

1950s

  • Flag of Guatemala 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.
  • Flag of Sweden June 16-July 17, 1950: The 1950 FIFA World Cup is held in Sweden.
  • Flag of 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.
  • Flag of Sweden July 19, 1950: Sweden took out their first World Cup after they defeated Great Britain 2-1 in the final.
  • Flag of Argentina March 9, 1951: Argentina take out the first football tournament at the Pan American Games after finishing on top of the five team group.
  • Flag of India March 13, 1951: Iran take out the first football tournament at the Asian Games after defeating India in extra time.
  • Flag of Sweden 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.
  • Flag of Chile April 13, 1952: Brazil takes home their first Pan American Championship after they defeated Chile in the final matchday of the competition.
  • Flag of Finland July 19-August 3, 1952: The 1952 Summer Olympics is held in Helsinki
  • Flag of Chile 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.
  • Flag of Finland August 2, 1952: Soviet Union take home their first gold medal in the football competition at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
  • Flag of Belgium August 22, 1953: Belgium and France associations have a talk which would the basis in the formation of UEFA.
  • Flag of Chile June 12-July 12, 1954: The 1954 FIFA World Cup is held in Chile.
  • Flag of Chile July 12, 1954: Hungary take out the 1954 FIFA World Cup after they defeated Romania 5-1 at Santiago.
  • Flag of Ireland 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.

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

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