The World Cup is the most important soccer competition in the world, which is why stadiums are constantly full, but which World Cup had the most spectators?
The World Cup is without a doubt the most important soccer competition in the world, and the fact that it is held every four years keeps the dream of attending or competing in a World Cup alive.
The inaugural World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, with the host country winning, but just 13 national teams competing. The 1994 World Cup in the United States featured 24 teams (Brazil were the champion). While 32 nations competed in the 2018 World Cup in Russia (France was named champion), the 2026 World Cup will be contested in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and will feature 48 teams.
The stadiums have always been crowded with fans, regardless of the year the competition was held or the country that hosted the World Cup. Which World Cup, though, had the most spectators?
World Cups with the most people in attendance
During the 18 matches played, a total of 590,549 fans are projected to have seen the Uruguay 1930 World Cup. More than 68,000 people watched the final between Uruguay and Argentina.
The Russia 2018 World Cup included 64 matches and a total of 3,031,768 spectators, including 78,011 at the Luzhniki Olympic Stadium for the final between France and Croatia.
The World Cup with the fewest spectators was held in Italy in 1934, with 363,000 people watching 17 games and an average of 21,352 per game.
The Top Three
The 1994 World Cup in the United States set a new attendance record. The 52 games drew a total of 3,587,538 spectators. The average number of spectators per game was 68,991, with 94,194 seeing the final between Brazil and Italy at the Rose Bowl Stadium. After Mexico ’86 (114,600), Mexico ’70 (107,412), and England ’66, this was the fourth World Cup final with the most spectators (97,924).
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil ranked second in terms of attendance. There were 3,429,873 fans in total (53,592 per match), with 74,738 attending the final between Argentina and Germany at the Maracana stadium.
The 2006 World Cup in Germany is currently in third position. The event drew a total of 3,359,439 people (52,491 per game), with the final against Italy and France drawing 69,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium.