Sixty-four matches will be played in this summer's finals, whereas the first FIFA World Cup™ in Uruguay in 1930 featured just 18 encounters. 

Only 13 teams were involved in the tournament, making up one group of four and three of three with the four pool winners progressing to the semi-finals.

Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo, just 17 days after the first game of the competition.