The era of organized football (aka soccer) began in 1863 with the founding of the English Football Association in London. At this time the British Empire was the most influential nation in the world. This historic feature was the basis for the global spread of English football rules in a generation. The first games were held outside the British Isles in the seaports for British sailors.
During the late 19th Century many national associations were born in Europe and America. The first game between representatives of national associations took place on 30 November 1872 in Glasgow between Scotland and England and the game ended goalless.
The 21 May 1904 was another milestone in the history of soccer. On this day in the French federation FIFA was founded to prevent national focused thinking.
In July 1905 FIFA held its second Congress the suggestion of a world championship was made. For this purely European the host country should be Switzerland. Delegates were enthusiastic, but many words were not followed by actions.
Until the first FIFA World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 the Olympics were used as a substitute Cup.