The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national football teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994 at nine locations across the country. The United States was selected as host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite the relative lack of popularity of football in the host country, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history; it broke tournament records with a total attendance of 3,587,538 and an average of 68,991 per game, marks that remained unbroken as of 2018 despite the league's expansion from 24 to 32 teams starting with the 1998 World Cup.
Brazil won the tournament after defeating Italy 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California near Los Angeles, after the game had ended 0-0 after extra time. It was the first World Cup final to be decided on the basis of sanctions. The victory made Brazil the first country to win four World Cup titles. There were three new participants in the tournament: Greece, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia plus Russia, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and for the first time since 1938 a unified Germany took part in the tournament.