Football World Cup Facts for Kids – 5 Wonderful Facts about Football World Cup

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Do you like to watch the Football World Cup tournaments? Come and check our five wonderful Football World Cup facts for kids.

Football World Cup Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: There Has Been Two World Cup Trophies

The World Cup trophy awarded from 1930 to 1970 was known as the Jules Rimet Trophy. It was named after the FIFA president at the time, Jules Rimet who created the World Cup. In 1970, Brazil became the permanent  owners of the Jules Rimet Trophy after they won the world cup for the third time. A new trophy called the FIFA World Cup was then created for the World  Cup and has been used ever since.

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Football World Cup Facts for Kids: The FIFA World Cup trophy

Football World Cup Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The World Cup Trophy Was Once Stolen

Four months before the 1966 World Cup tournament in England, the Jules Rimet trophy was on display at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster. Shockingly a thief got past security and stole the trophy from the cabinet it was displayed in. The trophy was later found under a bush by a dog named Pickles. The dog’s owner received a reward of 6,000 British pounds for his canine’s impressive discovery.

Football World Cup Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The First World Cup Was in 1930

The first World Cup took place in 1930. The tournament originally consisted of thirteen invited teams and it took place in Uruguay. The tournament was organised by the  Fédération Internationale de Football Association, known as FIFA. Uruguay won the first ever World Cup.

The tournament has been held every four years since 1930. In 1942 and 1946 there was no World Cup due to The Second World War. Qatar hosted the first ever Winter FIFA World Cup in 2022, this was also only the second time the world cup was hosted in Asia.

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Football World Cup Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: India Withdrew from The World Cup in The 1950’s

This is probably a World Cup fact you have never heard of before but India actually withdrew from the World Cup competition in 1950. It is said their main reason being that they were not allowed to play barefoot in the tournament. India had previously played barefoot at the Olympics in 1948. You may wonder how did India even qualify for the World Cup in the first place.

Well, FIFA decided that one Asian team should be offered a spot at the World Cup, therefore four Asian teams were sent for qualification. However, three out of the four teams withdrew from the competition leaving India to be the only ones to qualify. This has been the only time India has qualified for the World Cup.

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Football World Cup Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: There Was no Women’s World Cup Until The 1990’s

In 1991 the FIFA organisation held the first ever Women’s World Cup tournament. The Women’s World Cup is similar to the mens in that it is also held every four years. Football is traditionally a 90 minute game with extra time added if necessary. However, for the 1991 Women’s World Cup, women only played 80 minutes per game. This was changed to the traditional 90 minutes soon after.

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