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Referees uniforms[edit]

The article states that
"The finals were the first time FIFA decided to experiment with the style of jerseys worn by officials, foregoing the traditional black. They could choose between burgundy, yellow or silver shirts depending on what was necessary to avoid a clash of colors with the two competing teams. This custom has since been followed, but with black shirts added as an option later."
Although there are video footage from the 1978 World Cup in which referees could use red shirts to avoid color clashes with dark teams' jersey (e.g. Scotland): see [1]
I think that the entry should be reviewed. It is true indeed that black was not an option for referees' shirts in 1994, but it makes it look like there was no alternative before ("This custom has since been followed, but with black shirts added as an option later") which is clearly false given the video above.
-- (talk) 00:03, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

East Rutherford[edit]

I changed the knockout bracket to list East Rutherford and not New Jersey, seeing as the town/city location is given for all of the other matches. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Official Fake Sheep (talkcontribs) 16:33, 9 November 2008 (UTC)


This page is impressively put together. I was looking for some details on the final game between Brazil and Italy--and here it was all put together in perfect form. Thank you, and congratulations! ---Rednblu | Talk 03:46, 30 Nov 2004 (UTC)


These lines were deleted in this edit

This edition was a success by FIFA authorities in a country where the Football is a sport with a little fans, but in inmigrant people who work and live in United States especially Latin the sport has support. For this circunstance and to move to the American white people and for wake interest and passion to soccer ( also know it to football ) the event choose like slogan "Making Football History"

Comment : Badly phrased. Too complex even to rewrite. Tintin

Requested move[edit]

Football World Cup 1994 → 1994 FIFA World Cup – following the consensus of naming the World Cup articles as FIFA World Cup in Wikipedia, and consistency of naming the major international football tournaments.

Discuss here: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Football/Competitions#Requested move of Football World Cup articles. --Pkchan 10:36, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Points per Match - 3 or 2 ??[edit]


I couldn't overlook the fact that this article claims that the 1994 world cup was the first world cup to incorporate the 3 point system per win. Actually, the fact is that the 1994 world cup still used the 2 point system per victory, the article still holds this critical mistake and should be changed as soon as possible. In the 1994 World Cup itwas feared that a team with three draws could equal the number of points by a team with one victory and one draw. The three point rule was created in 1994 immediately after the world cup and was therefore not applied at this tournament. This section of the article needs to change. Thanks, Kiske 21:31, 10 June 2006 (UTC)

The calculated points are different on this page to Yahoo's (official?) site:

FIFA 1994 results according to 'official' Yahoo site

Any idea which is right? Artbristol 14:04, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

The 1994 World Cup was the first to use 3 points for a win - it was after the overly defensive 1990 World Cup that the 3 points for a win was first introduced. 20:00, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

group E[edit]

i think it is noteworthy to add in trivia section that every team in group E, had identical Pld, W, D L, GF, GA and GD, as far as i know for the first time in history

Recent edits by SndrAndrss[edit]

I really think we should be linking to the match reports at FIFA web sites. I can't see the point in changing the links. Also, I don't think it matters which how the teams are ordered in the footballboxes. I'd support changing it to the ordering used in the match reports (or any consistent ordering) but we should pick a particular order and stop changing it. I've reverted some of SndrAndrss'd edits, which are less than helpful, and I've left comments on their talk page, but I have had no response. Please can we have some sort of consensus before making these sorts of edits? --StuartBrady (Talk) 13:25, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Absolute agreement here. There's no way you can claim a 3rd party site to be a better source to cite compared to the "official" site, and you should also follow the format of the linked-to site (e.g. for the order the teams are displayed) for the benefit of the reader. -- DeLarge 13:50, 24 July 2006 (UTC)
It is completely and utterly irrelevant which order the teams are in, as for all the matches with the exception of those of the United States, neither team can be usefully construed as being at home. WP:LAME for this one. Stifle (talk) 08:35, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Foxboro Stadium[edit]

Foxboro Stadium is not in Boston, it is in Foxboro, which is something like 20 miles away from Boston (maybe more). However, SndrAndrss has 'corrected' all of the Foxboro Stadium references in the matches to indicate that it is in Boston. I am now going to change these back.--Robotforaday 13:38, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Same for Rose Bowl (in Pasadena), Stanford Stadium (in Palo Alto), Pontiac Silverdome (in Pontiac), and Giants Stadium (in East Rutherford). The "Venues" section already explains the relation between the cities the stadiums are actually located, and the names used by FIFA, which are the metro areas. So please stop editing them! Chanheigeorge 18:03, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
I believe the actual towns where the stadia are located should be mentioned, but the name of the official FIFA venue should be used as default. Ricklongo (talk) 19:33, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

Famous Moments[edit]

I added a famous moments section including Baggio's missed penalty kick and Salenko's five goal performance. I think it can be improved though. MegasAllexandros 21:41, 31 August 2006 (UTC)
Words like "best known for Baggio's penalty miss", "tragic ending" and "hero" lack neutrality. Also, I'm sure there are plenty of people who remember Baggio's great performance rather than his penalty miss. Besides, Baggio still played in 1998. In any case, I think the Baggio part should probably be moved to the Roberto Baggio article. - ChaChaFut 02:30, 1 September 2006 (UTC)
Baggio's great performances are included in the article. Baggio's penalty miss fits a tragic hero ending, but feel free to remove it. Heraklis 07:15, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

New Jersey is not a City[edit]

The "Venues" image which lists the location of the stadiums refers to the town of East Rutherford, New Jersey simply as "New Jersey." If each other local is represented by the city it is in, why not East Rutherford? Aufs klo 03:03, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Biggest Memory[edit]

I think it should be include the famous moment between Ireland and Mexico when the 4th offical would not let John Aldrige on to the pitch.This was all picked up on camera and so was the strong language that followed from Aldo.-the-muffin-man- 22:26, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

He was substituting Tommy Coyne, who had already left the pitch. No wonder they wouldn't let him - according to this report, FIFA think Tommy Coyne was playing for Mexico...and a Dennis "Irvin" seemed to be playing too. No. 7 on this list gives some more info.  sʟυмɢυм • т  c  23:15, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Many of the match results and group standings in this article are wrong[edit]

Someone should correct them —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:42, 27 April 2007 (UTC).

The official FIFA World Cup site is not present at the moment (because it is being redesigned), but according to this site, (which is unofficial), some of the match results and group standings are wrong. 20:04, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Can you be more specific? At a glance they seem to tally.  Sʟυмgυм • т  c  21:42, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

I noticed when I wrote the above comment that the Group D results and standings were wrong, but I looked again and now they seem to be correct. 16:04, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

Ticket image copyright[edit]

I've got several tickets from the 1994 World Cup, some of them never used (the bottom part wasn't ripped off). I was wondering if I scanned them and uploaded them, would it be a copyright violation? MicroX 03:04, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

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Switzerland v Romania correction[edit]

Please note the fourth Swiss goal was scored by Georges Bregy, not Adrian Knup as is wrongly states in the official match report. Knup didn't touch the ball. Mjefm (talk) 07:31, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

What basis do you have for this assertion? Although FIFA have often gotten things wrong in the past, I've seen no sources that give Bregy as the scorer of the fourth goal, and even then I wouldn't want to second guess FIFA. – PeeJay 09:54, 31 March 2009 (UTC)


It is not true that no British teams competed in that World Cup. Ireland is a British island so Republic of Ireland is a British team. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fn1m (talkcontribs) 11:19, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Ireland is not part of the UK, which is what people refer to when they say "British team". chandler 14:16, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
Exactly. Ireland may lie on one of the so-called "British Isles", but it is not a part of the United Kingdom. The phrase "British team" refers exclusively to the teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. – PeeJay 20:27, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

Britain is an island which consists of three countries Scotland, England and Wales. Ireland is a separate island. Only people from the island of Britain are British. Most Irish people are offended at being considered part of the "British" isles and certainly do not consider themselves to be British. Especially the Republic of Ireland. I suggest you look at the discussion page on the British Isles article for some insight.--Limericksham (talk) 09:40, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

There is no such island as "Britain". The term you are searching for is "Great Britain". And anyway, nobody gives two hoots whether Irish people get offended at being considered part of the British Isles; it's a fact of geography and there's nothing you can do about it. – PeeJay 11:29, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Aw, poor PJ. Did I offend you? Are you sure nobody gives two hoots about it or just you? I think there's plenty of people who give two hoots about what it's called- your own government has discouraged its use. They give a hoot obviously. British media and academics have also discouraged its use. So obviously there are plenty of people, PJ, who give a hoot. Even if nobody gave a hoot, would that be ok, PJ? Is it a fact PJ? There's nothing we can do about it? Who says? You? Come into the 21st century PJ. Peking is Beijing, Bombay is now Mumbai, Madras is Chennai; no amount of keyboard bashing by a little Englander is going to change them back. The days of Empire have long gone PJ, along with your lot telling everyone else what to do.--Limericksham (talk) 11:50, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

I said "Nobody gives two hoots whether Irish people get offended", not that nobody cares about the situation. The common term for the group of islands upon which the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland lie is "the British Isles", and until a more common term comes into use, I don't see any reason why we should stop using "the British Isles". – PeeJay 18:35, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Original research[edit]

Per long-standing consensus and policy, we don't publish "final standings" as the world cup only has 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To infer otherwise is not permitted, unless FIFA changes its rules. --John (talk) 03:53, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Knockout stage questions[edit]

Why was the knockout stage as it was?

In Italia´90 the winners and runner up of a group wouldn´t meet until final where as in USA ´94 Brazil meet sweden (Winners and runner up group B) in semifinal. The same would have been for winners and runner up of Group D (Nigeria and Bulgaria), Group F (Netherlands and Saudi Arabia).

Winners and runner up of Group A (Romania and Switzerland) Group C (Germany and Spain)and E (Mexico and Ireland) where not able to meet again until the final of the world cup if they would have got there.

Italia ´90 The winners and runners up where not able to meet until final. The four best third-placed teams did would not meet any team from thier own group until semifinal - and in three out of four cases the would have meet the winners of thier group. Mexico ´86 was the same, though it was two thirdplaced teams that where able to meet the groups runner-up in semi-final, and two too meet the groupwinner.

In Korea/japan 2002 Brazil again faced a team from thier own group in semifinal - Turkey. As far ar I´ve understood it this was due too keep teams in one Country until final. It was the same in Euro 2008 in Austria-Switerland (Spain face thier runner up Russia in the semifinals) though not for the Euro2000 in Belgien/Niederlande —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:30, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Pure speculation, but it may have been to minimize travel, as the US is a heck of a lot bigger in area than most of the countries that had previously hosted (even Mexico is only about a third of the US's area.) oknazevad (talk) 23:46, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

I think there is some truth in that but I don´t think that´s all. There is a "west coast knockout" and a "east coast knock out" but as I wrote some groups the winner and runner-up where divided to each side. My memory tells me that winning a groups was equal to travel less - but then the runner-ups could have gone over to the other coast (i.e Argentina as a third placed team). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:27, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

US English[edit]

Unfortunately, recent unconstructive edits have sought to restore UK English. This article "has strong ties to a particular English-speaking nation"; therefore, it "uses the English of that nation." See WP:ENGVAR. - PhilipR (talk) 15:35, 11 July 2010 (UTC)

The dates/times given are all in Brit-english and need to be changed. ~DC Let's Vent 19:22, 11 July 2010 (UTC)
As a neutral observer, the application of WP:ENGVAR becomes less obvious in dealing with international sporting tournaments like this one. In such international sporting competitions whose host countries vary from year-to-year (or in this case, every four years), there tends to be no consensus on each article having "strong ties" to that particular host nation. The example I always like give is the featured article 2005 United States Grand Prix. Although that event took place in the United States, is not written in American English; instead the national variety was chosen per WP:RETAIN. Cheers. Zzyzx11 (talk) 19:36, 11 July 2010 (UTC)
It's an interesting point about international tournaments, and I'd like to follow that discussion as it develops. But it may well be irrelevant for this article.
  • This is the very first revision of the article, but it appears to mix variants liberally. ("Bulgaria has not won...", but, "defence")
  • The next substantive edit uses US spellings center and defense. The only hint of ambiguity I see is in the term Football World Cup, which was apparently the canonical name of the World Cup main article at that time. Clearly the effect of this edit was to render the article in US English.
  • It probably doesn't matter, but this is the first edit with substantial date formatting. It also uses US style.
Per WP:ENGVAR, when there is no strong connection with the subject matter, "the variety chosen by the first major contributor should be adopted." However, "where an article that is not a stub shows no signs of which variety it is written in, the first person to make an edit that disambiguates the variety is equivalent to the first major contributor." It seems to indicate that the style for this article should be US English if we deem it to be strongly connected to the United States and US English if we don't so deem it.
My opinion is that there is a strong connection to the subject matter (just as there was in 1966 and 2010), but for this article it apparently shouldn't matter. - Regards, PhilipR (talk) 00:20, 12 July 2010 (UTC)
Additionally, 2005 United States Grand Prix isn't the clearest precedent. Comments justifying the UK spelling point to the paucity of North American entrants in the competition. - PhilipR (talk) 00:38, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

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Netherlands v Brazil.[edit]

Times of goalscorers are wrong. I'm not sure of the correct times myself, but I know that Brazil went 2-0 up, not The Netherlands.

Also Aron Winter scored the equaliser against Brazil, not Marco Van Basten, who I'm not sure was even in the Dutch squad for the tournament. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:08, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

The page doesn't say anything about Marco van Basten. It says Romario and Bebeto scored first for Brazil, Bergkamp and Winter brought the Netherlands level and Branco scored the winner nine minutes from the end. – PeeJay 13:45, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Well it did when I wrote it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:02, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 5 August 2012[edit]

It should be added in introduction of article, that this edition of World Cup is first to use three points for win (talk) 14:23, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Mdann52 (talk) 16:23, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
But there's mentioned in article that is the first edition of WC to use 3 points for win. BTW You must see at group stage section for example a team having 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss had 4 points (3 points for win + 1 point for draw) for example all teams in Group E. Even if i have no sources to show it, what i've said is true. -- (talk) 11:53, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
Not done: I don't find this info important enough to add to the introduction. Yes it is mentioned in the body of the article (without a source), and I think that's enough. Please also remember that Wikipedia is about Verifiability, not truth. Mentoz86 (talk) 19:04, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
Truth is also important thing -- (talk) 21:19, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 28 May 2013[edit]

In the article 1994_FIFA_World_Cup on the section of the Group E. Italy vs Ireland is twice once at the begining and once right before the end. the game that ended 1-1 is actually italy vs mexico (talk) 23:49, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

 Done Thank you for pointing that out. Walter Görlitz (talk) 23:56, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Date format[edit]

I think you're wrong on the date format issue. I can't think of stronger national ties to the topic of that article than those to the arranging country. In my view, your position is unsustainable. Conversely, one could argue that since the sports of basketball and baseball were more or less invented in the US, all articles on competitions in these sports – such as for instance the European basketball championships – should have MDY dates, regardless of where they are held or in what context. To my knowledge, it isn't so.

The issue has been raised in Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers#WP:STRONGNAT and international events hosted by the United States. Please participate in the discussion.


HandsomeFella (talk) 12:37, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

Excellent points. See above. Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:34, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
I'm not sure I understand, Walter. Have you changed your mind? HandsomeFella (talk) 17:15, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
No change is required in my mind, particularly since STRONGNAT does not state that international events hosted by the United States should use the US's date format. It has strong national ties to 32 nations in all.
The discussion above was related to US English and no decision to change was made. No change should be made until consensus is reached and the international nature of this event and its strong ties to non-US nations seems to imply that both international spelling and date formats should be maintained.
Ultimately, its editors decided on international date format and spelling when creating: such were the strong ties to the US when the article was created. Walter Görlitz (talk) 17:35, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
You're not easy to communicate with, Walter. If you don't agree with my points, why do you think they are "excellent"? It's a little bit confusing. If it was irony, it went over my head.
With "the discussion above", are you referring to the section I linked to? The only discussion there is about the date format.
Sure, the article has strong national ties to all countries participating, but you must admit that it has an even stronger tie to the arranging country. The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta has MDY dates, despite its strong ties to no less than 197 participating countries. There's the strength of your argument.
Ok, there was a discussion then, but it's kind of hard to take the outcome of that discussion as proof of (the presence or absence of) strong national ties then. Nothing stops us from reaching another conclusion now, and similarly, that would be no proof of anything whatsoever.
HandsomeFella (talk) 19:20, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
There has been a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers#WP:STRONGNAT and international events hosted by the United States. for some time now. No strong arguments for dmy dates have been heard, and additionally, it has turned out that the date format introduced by the first major contributor was indeed mdy dates, so per both WP:STRONGNAT and WP:DATERET, the date format should be mdy. HandsomeFella (talk) 15:47, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
No for all the reasons stated and American nationalism has no place here. Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:00, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
See the discussion linked to above. HandsomeFella (talk) 16:29, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
HandsomeFella, I don't think the discussion you linked to really comes to any specific conclusion. Either date format works fine, but for consistency's sake throughout the series of articles on FIFA World Cups, I would say let's stick to DMY. Why waste your time changing a date format that literally anyone can understand? I very much doubt that anyone used to the MDY format would struggle to read DMY just because the month and day switched places. – PeeJay 16:47, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
We're all wasting time here, aren't we? And we all choose what to waste it on. Sure, everyone understands both formats, but what do we have guidelines for? And this is an individual tournament. HandsomeFella (talk) 16:52, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── We also have WP:CONSENSUS and MoS Date guidelines defer to it.

  • "unless there are reasons for changing it based on strong national ties to the topic or consensus on article talk".

That's what we have here. We had a decision to change to the current ate format. The article evolved in the new date format and there was no edit warring over the format. Consensus and the history of editing is clear that we have the correct format.

There were no strong national ties to football when the tournament was being run. Viewership numbers clearly show that. It's like hosting the world cup of cricket in the United States to attempt to increase its fanbase there. USSF wanted to host the tournament in the US to increase the fanbase. It worked. If a future world cup were to be hosted in the US, I would suggest that it might have stronger national ties at that point, but not in 1994. Walter Görlitz (talk) 17:08, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to the discussion, Walter. You mean we had consensus – then, back in 1994? Or when the article was created? Or when? (I'd like to see some evidence for that, by the way.) Regardless, consensus can change over time, see WP:BRD process. A consensus once achieved, possibly on weak grounds, does not preclude future consensuses. It does not stand forever. So any reference to a previous consensus is hereby invalidated. What's relevant is any current consensus that can be achieved.
A tournament obviously has strong national ties to the country arranging it, it would be absurd otherwise. There might not have been very strong national ties to football in the US, which btw is not what we're discussing here, but arranging the tournament definitely created ties to it.
HandsomeFella (talk) 17:31, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
We have consensus. There is a difference between consensus and unanimity. Just because you disagree doesn't mean consensus has changed. I linked to the guideline. Read it. Understand it. And don't be patronizing. Walter Görlitz (talk) 18:15, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
I know what consensus is. I have read it. I have understood it. I know that consensus does not require unanimity. I know that consensus is not the same thing as majority. I know that consensus is based on strength of argument, and a will to compromise. I also know that claiming that there is consensus does not necessarily mean that there is consensus.
Speaking of strength of argument, don't you think it's time you come forward with something other than claiming that there is consensus? Based on your comments here, I suspect that you initially misinterpreted this as a discussion on whether football has (or had) strong national ties to the US, while the discussion in reality is on whether this particular tournament has strong national ties to the US. I'm saying that it has, based on the fact that it was arranged there.
I was not patronizing. (I assume that you're referring to the "welcome" remark.) I was mildly ironic. I'm surprised to hear that complaint from someone who has accused me and Jojhutton for American nationalism, which is a personal attack – and by definition missing the target in my case, since I'm European – while hardly participating in the discussion himself, other than with snappy comments. Based on those comments – "Excellent point" for instance (later comments apparently indicate you mean the opposite) – I think most people would say that you are the one who is patronizing.
But never mind that, let's cut to the chase, and see where the consensus is documented. I assume you can link to it, or provide a diff.
HandsomeFella (talk) 19:37, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
I think you think you know what consensus is, but you are the only one arguing against something that has been established and you have two editors here and others at the guideline page arguing against your opinion. Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:53, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
So arguing is disallowed, unless you agree with previous consensus. That's a novel take on it. HandsomeFella (talk) 17:11, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
Discussing, even arguing, is allowed, but consensus has not changed. I doubt that it will. Walter Görlitz (talk) 20:16, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

O. J. Simpson[edit]

I recently say a ESPN Documentary called "June 17, 1994" which was about many notable sporting events that happened that day which were overshadowed by O. J. Simpson's run from the police, including the opening day of the 1994 World Cup. Should it be mentioned in this article, especially since the Spain-South Korea game was going on during the chase. GoPurple'nGold24 02:24, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Other trivia[edit]

Apparently, the guy who subsequently fixed a great deal of European soccer, Dan Tan, lost $1.5 million on this WC when he was starting out and fled Singapore. If we're adding trivia… — LlywelynII 08:38, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Italy scored 8 goals in the tournament (averaging 1.143 goals a game) - if I am counting correctly - a record low for a finalist? Tsinfandel (talk) 07:52, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Argentina 1990's 5 goals is the record low. Roposs (talk) 08:33, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

The heat at the Pontiac games[edit]

I remember that when they played in the Pontiac Silverdome the temperature was unusually hot (in the high 90s). I never found out why, whether it was FIFA regulations or if it was equipment failure. Did FIFA forbid the use of air conditioning, and if so, why? I would think this point should be included in the article, since it would affect game play. (talk) 01:04, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

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