The first ever FIFA World Cup Finals was awarded to Uruguay on 18 May
Before the FIFA Congress could vote on
the first-ever World Cup host, a series of withdrawals led to the election of
Uruguay; The Netherlands and Hungary withdrew; this was followed by Sweden
withdrawing in favour of Italy; then both Italy and Spain withdrew, in favour of
the only remaining candidate Uruguay. The FIFA Congress met in Barcelona, Spain
on May 18, 1929 to ratify the decision, and Uruguay was chosen without a vote.