A total of 51 FIFA World Cup™ matches have gone to extra time, the first of which occurred at the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy. In a first round encounter Austria and France remained level at 1-1 at the end of the regulation 90 minutes. Austria went on to beat France 3-2 in extra time.

In the final match at the very same FIFA World Cup Italy beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 after extra time. Angelo Schiavio was the Italian hero that day; his 95th minute goal gave Italy their first ever FIFA World Cup title.

The next final to be settled in extra time was England's success over Germany FR at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. After a 2-2 deadlock at 90 minutes, England went on to win 4-2 in unforgettable fashion. Having scored a goal in the first half Geoff Hurst went on to score England's two extra-time goals rounding off a hat-trick performance and giving England their only FIFA World Cup championship to date.

Similarly 1978 FIFA World Cup hosts Argentina also defeated Holland 3-1 in extra time during the final to claim their first FIFA World Cup championship.