Watch Live World Cup Games Online
It may be held only once every four years, but the FIFA World Cup is arguably the most popular sporting event in the world. The World Cup has seen legendary names like Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, and so many more dazzle on the international stage, and those names and others have produced moments that are forever etched in football lore.
Though live World Cup games and live World Cup qualifiers are readily available to viewers on television around the world, watching live World Cup games online is a popular option for football fans, especially if cable and premium TV fees are involved.
World Cup Past And Present
The first World Cup was held in 1930, and host Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final. Before the World Cup, the Olympic football tournament had briefly been the top international football tournament, but the World Cup quickly took its place.
The only team to play in every World Cup thus far is Brazil, and they hold the record for most World Cup titles with five. Next with four is Italy, who defeated France 5-3 on penalties to win the last World Cup in Germany in 2006. The all-time leading World Cup scorer is Brazilian star Ronaldo, who scored his record-breaking 15th goal in World Cup 2006.
The first World Cup featured 13 teams, and it was a 16-team tournament from 1934 until 1982, when it expanded to 24 teams. Starting with the 1998 World Cup in France, the tournament has been at its current format of 32 teams. There is one group stage involving eight groups of four, and the group winners and group runners-up advance to the knockout rounds, which all feature single-legged ties.
Qualifying takes place in each of FIFA’s six continental confederations. The host nation automatically qualifies, but starting with the 2006 World Cup, the defending champions must go through qualifying instead of automatically qualifying.
There are few sporting events that feature as much drama and excitement as World Cup qualifying and the World Cup do, and with Live Sport Network, you don’t have to worry about missing any of the live World Cup action.