This World Football Championship Banner depicts the world's most prestigious soccer competition. The World Cup is organized every four years and features the top 32 national teams in a monthlong tournament. FIFA's Council chooses the host country. The FIFA World Cup, the ultimate football showpiece on the planet, takes place every four years. Since it started in 1930, the tournament has followed a four-year cycle, except for two editions in 1942 and 1946, which were canceled due to World War II. Uruguay took first place in the inaugural edition in 1930. The quadrennial extravaganza features 32 teams competing for top honors, with the host nation earning a direct entry. Brazil tops the list, having won the World Cup.