1906 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country France
City Paris
Dates April 9-May 13
Teams 12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in Paris host cities)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay (1st title)
Runners-up Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Third place 23x15px Argentina
Fourth place Flag of England.svg England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 30 (2 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Carlos Cespedes (4 goals)
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy 1910

The 1906 FIFA World Cup was the 1st FIFA World Cup and the first on an international scale. It took place between April 9 to May 13, 1906. FIFA selected France to host as FIFA had it headquarters there until 1912.

All of the FIFA nations at the time entered the tournament. The teams were divided into four groups of three with the winner progressing through to the semi-finals.


Every country that was affiliated with FIFA was sent an invite to compete in the first World Cup by the 1 January 1906 to accept. Interest was shown all between the 12 countries at the time. Uruguay and Argentina despite their distance were keen to enter the first World Cup.

Group Stage

Group 1

Uruguay surprised the European nations in Group 1 after they defeated Switzerland in the opening game of the World Cup when the Cespedes brothers scored all three goals in the match. This with a draw against Scotland got the team over the line to the semi-finals while Scotland could only wonder if they had scored another goal in the game against Switzerland.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 22003123
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 21012023
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 200215-50
9 April 1906
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3-1 Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
C Cespedes Soccerball shade 23', Soccerball shade 76'
B Cespedes Soccerball shade 52'
Garonne Soccerball shade 15'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 3,000

23 April 1906
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 0-2 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Livingstone Soccerball shade 34', Soccerball shade 75'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 2,000

27 April 1906
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 0-0 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 1,250

Group 2

Argentina showed the courage in Group 2 when they defeated their opponents in Wales and Belgium. This also surprised their more fancy European opponents as they were expected to be the easy beats of the group.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Argentina 22006064
Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Wales 210112-12
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 200205-50
11 April 1906
23x15px Argentina 4-0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Brown Soccerball shade 25'78'
Moore Soccerball shade 48'
Frers Soccerball shade 89'

21 April 1906
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 0-1 Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Wales
Hughes Soccerball shade 84'

29 April 1906
Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Wales 0-2 23x15px Argentina
Frers Soccerball shade 22'
Brown Soccerball shade 3'

Group 3

In Group 3, Austria finished on top of the group after drawing with France and defeating Ireland in their group. While France struggled on home turf finishing in last place with only the one point against Austria.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 21103213
St Patrick's saltire.svg Ireland 21013302
Flag of France.svg France 201101-11
7 April 1906
Flag of France.svg France 0-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria

19 April 1906
St Patrick's saltire.svg Ireland 1-0 Flag of France.svg France
Waddell Soccerball shade 46'

1 May 1906
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3-2 St Patrick's saltire.svg Ireland
Muller Soccerball shade 36', Soccerball shade 59'
Engel Soccerball shade 90+1'
Sloan Soccerball shade 23'
Harris Soccerball shade 87'

Group 4

The final group, saw England going through at the expense of Netherlands and Hungary. This was after they defeated both opponents in what was a tough standard with the game against Hungary being tougher than the match it would be in 1908 when England would defeat them 6-0.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of England.svg England 22009094
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 210114-32
23x15px Hungary 200206-60
13 April 1906
23x15px Hungary 0-1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Sebestyen Soccerball shade 55'

17 April 1906
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 0-4 Flag of England.svg England
Bond Soccerball shade 15'51'
Brown Soccerball shade 38'
Gosnell Soccerball shade 77'

3 May 1906
Flag of England.svg England 5-0 23x15px Hungary
Brown Soccerball shade 23'

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
7 May – Paris
 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1  
 Flag of England.svg England 0  
13 May – Paris
     Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3
   Flag of Austria.svg Austria 0
9 May – Paris
 23x15px Argentina 1
 Flag of Austria.svg Austria 2  

Semi Finals

The semi-finals saw an upset with England having a shock lost in the first semi-final against Uruguay after Aniceto Camacho scored the only goal of the match to record the massive victory. The other semi saw Austria going through to the final after they defeated Argentina to qualify through to their first (and to date only) World Cup final.

7 May 1906
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1-0 Flag of England.svg England
Camacho Soccerball shade 26'

9 May 1906
23x15px Argentina 1-2 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Rodman Soccerball shade 51' Engl Soccerball shade 69'
Stansfield Soccerball shade 88'


The first World Cup final saw a crowd of 6000 people coming to watch the first World Cup final in Paris. What they saw was an Uruguay dominance with Carlos Cespedes scoring a double in the result which would give Uruguay the first ever World Cup title. For Austria, they was disapponited in the result with multiple chances not connecting hurting them in the long run.

13 May 1906
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
C Cespedes Soccerball shade 23', Soccerball shade 55'
Sardeson Soccerball shade 76'


4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Tournament team rankings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1 4 3 1 0 7 1+67
2 Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3 4 2 1 1 5 7−25
3 Flag of England.svg England 4 3 2 0 1 9 1+8 4
4 23x15px Argentina 2 3 2 0 1 7 2+54
Eliminated in the group stage
5 Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 121102023
6 St Patrick's saltire.svg Ireland 321013302
7 Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Wales 2210112−12
8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 4210114−32
9 Flag of France.svg France 3201101−11
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 1200215−40
11 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 2200205−50
12 23x15px Hungary 4200206−60

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