The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The championship has taken place every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
The competition begins with a three year qualification phase to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. During these Finals, 32 teams (including the automatically qualifying host nation) compete over a period of about a month.
The World Cup is the most prestigious and widely viewed association football tournament in the world. It is estimated that one ninth of the entire population of the planet (715.1 million people) will watch the final game of this year's tournament.