The first international football match in the world is played in Glasgow in 1872 between Scotland and England, [2] which ended in a draw with the score 0-0. The first international football tournament is the British Home Championship, which was first held in 1884. [3] After growing and popular in other parts of the world at the turn of the 20th century, football began to be contested as a demonstration sport with no medals in the 1900 Summer Olympics and 1904 (however, the IOC has gradually update the status of this sport became an official game), and also on the Olympic Interkala, 1906.

After FIFA was founded in 1904, the agency is attempting to organize an international football tournament between nations that are outside the Olympic program; This tournament was held in Switzerland in 1906. competition is still very early in the development of international soccer, and the official history of FIFA describes that this competition is a failure. [5]

In the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, football serve as the official competition. Planned by The Football Association (FA), the governing body of English football, this competition is only for amateur players and at the moment it is regarded as a performance rather than a match. Great Britain (represented by the national football team of amateur British) won a gold medal. They repeated the feat in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

Having competed in the Olympics with only followed by amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton Sir Thomas initiated the implementation of Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. Tournament championship antartim Lipton is an individual (rather than national teams) from different countries, with one team representing one state. The competition is sometimes called the first World Cup, [6], followed by professional clubs most prestigious of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland, but the English FA refused associated with this competition and are not willing to send a professional team to compete in the tournament Lipton. Meanwhile, Lipton invited West Auckland, an amateur football team from County Durham, to represent England competed. West Auckland won the tournament, and successfully defended their title after come back in 1911.

In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognize the Olympic tournament as a “world football championship for amateurs”, and was responsible for organizing the match. [7] This paved the way for the holding of the first intercontinental football competition in the world, namely the Olympic Games Heat in 1920, followed by Egypt and thirteen European teams, and won by Belgium. [8] Uruguay won the next two Olympic tournaments in 1924 and 1928. event the last two also became the first open world championship, and therefore 1924 is the beginning of the start of the professional era FIFA