The United States Air Force Celebrates Its Birthday

“I feel the need…the need for speed!”

As I’m sure the iconic 80’s movie “Top Gun,” inspired a new generation of pilots and just awe inspired patrons and patriots, the United States Air Force was only founded 30 years prior to this on September 18th, 1947. It was during this time that the importance of airpower was needed for WW2. The result of this was President Truman signing into effect the National Security Act, which saw the formation of the pillars of the Department of Defense that we see and have today. This would consist of the United State Army, the Central Intelligence Agency, Navy and the introduction of the Air Force as an independent sector.

Though planes and air travel had been a thing since the early 1900’s, the United States Air Force was known under different names as well as being under the jurisdiction of the United States Army. In the 1980’s, stealth technology would be introduced along with the Kenny Loggins banger, “Danger Zone.” I wanted to share some history as well as some pop culture references into the introduction of this article. Honestly, just using anything to help celebrate the birthday of the United States Air Force. For without it, who knows where our country would be. I for one am happy to wish this amazing branch and the brave men and women who are either currently serving or who have served, or just if you know someone who has served a well-deserved happy birthday. A happy birthday to some of the most advanced and amazing technology in human history. A happy birthday to courage, to passion, to innovation, to freedom, to striving to be better than yesterday.

To help celebrate this occasion, The United States Flag Store has a variety of different flags that include both the official logo and flag of the United States Air Force, from stick flags all the way up to 6′ by 10″.

Car and Motorcycle Air Force Flags

Whether you are looking for a faithful companion to join you cross country or you are just looking to skirt across town to catch a movie and some ice cream, these small flags are a great way to show your Air Force pride.

Indoor 3′ x 5′ Nylon Air Force Flag with Fringe

A wonderful nylon flag with a beautiful gold fringe, this United States Air Force Flag is a great addition to the classroom, office or even to wave in the parade. Not to mention, it is made right here in the United States.

6′ x 10′ Nylon Air Force Flag

For the absolute behemoth of the bunch, made for the flag fanatic who has got the space and wants to really show that Air Force pride and fly their flag high, the 6′ x 10′ flag is it. Not for the faint of heart by any means, but this flag is wonderfully suited for indoors and outdoors, has sturdy brass grommets and is made with a heavyweight nylon. This flag is made with a lot of loving hands here in the United States.

Garden Flag

On the opposite end of the spectrum, for somebody just wanting to spruce up their landscape with some military appeal, the United States Air Force Garden Flag is suitable for doing just that. This flag comes in at 12″ by 18″, is made of nylon and has the official seal of the United States Air Force on it. Did we mention this one was made in the U.S.A. as well?

Space Force 3′ x 5′ Nylon Flag

And for those of us who have or had Netflix this last year, this next flag is probably associated with a gruff General named Mark Naird played by Steve Carell and his second in command, Chief Scientist, Dr. Adrian Mallory played by John Malkovich. While this is a fictional show, albeit a really good one, there really is a United States Space Force! It’s one of the most recent additions to the United States long list of departments and the world’s only independent space force. Being a part of the United States Armed Forces and Department of the U.S. Air Force definitely gets this flag a spot on our list. This flag comes in at the classic 3′ x 5′, is made out of Nylon and right here in the United States.

Just for fun

The CIA and the Air Force share the same birthday. They were both created with the National Security Act on September 18th, 1947.

The name for a pilot who has shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft is known as an “Ace.”

Airmen will welcome their new commander or celebrate a special occasion by smacking doors and windows and making noise on the roof. This is what is known as a “roof stomp.”

The Air Force was originally part of the U.S. Army, dating all the way back to 1907.

Some famous former members of the Air Force include comedian, George Carlin, musician, Johnny Cash, actor, Morgan Freeman and songwriter and performer, Willie Nelson.

The Air Force created a supercomputer known as the “condor cluster,” to analyze satellite imagery made out of 1760 Playstation 3’s. The Playstation 3 was a popular video game console that was available to the public at the time. This supercomputer is currently located in Rome, New York and is the 33rd most powerful computer in the world.

In honor of WW2 and Vietnam veteran, Brig. General Robin Olds, airmen will grow out their mustaches through the month of March. Gen. Olds was a triple ace, and this is referred to as the Mustache March.

The Air Force uses letters at the beginning of their aircraft that stands for the different type of craft they are, B means bomber, C stands for cargo and F for a fighter jet.

In Conclusion

We hope you found some interesting new tidbits of information and had as much fun reading as I did researching and writing this article. We also hope you found some new items to bust out on September 18th and beyond to celebrate this momentous occasion. To honor this great branch that holds all of its technological feats, time-honored traditions and full of spectacular people that have done wonderous things.

Whether you are a Goose or a Maverick, a General Naird or a Dr. Mallory, we hope that you will always continue to aim high and remember, “it’s just a walk in the park, Kazansky.”

Back to School Supplies for 2022

The lazy days of cartoons, video games and trips to the beach are coming to a close for most young people. The diets of goldfish crackers, mountain dew and grilled cheese to be replaced with a more balanced one. The routines of an excited 6:30 a.m. wake up to watch YouTube, snack and sit on the couch will be transitioned into a dreaded 6:30 a.m. alarm to rush out the door, get to school and sit in a classroom, absorbing new information to be tested on later. And while the kids are lamenting this moment, the parents are popping the corks off their champagne bottles, celebrating another summer survived. A summer of entertaining, of finding babysitters during the day. Of attempting to keep their children engaged and learning new things. To make sure they still see their friends and keep their social levels up. And while parents cheer and their kids grumble, teachers are prepping their classrooms for the coming year. Afterall, they are the ones who have to not only keep the kids’ attention now, but to also have them gain an understanding on a multitude of topics. And while the United States Flag Store can’t make that alarm sound like a Bach symphony, we can help make the classroom a little more educational and fun. That’s why we put together a wonderful list of products that would be right at home in the classroom to assist in teaching the new generation of students. Let’s dive right in!

Back to School Supplies List for Teachers 2022: Office, Supply, Sales and Deals

1. Indoor Flagpole Kits

One of the first items on our docket is the Indoor Flagpole Kits. No classroom is quite complete without the iconic American flag. Whether it’s in the corner for the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning or for comparing to other historical flags in the afternoon, we got beautiful indoor American flags that will do the trick with a lovely gold fray that looks its best indoors. Also included in some of these kits are indoor bases, stands and flagpoles. You can get all these items individually, together in a full package or mix and match, your choice.

Indoor Flagpole Kit

2. Aluminum Wall Bracket

I know these don’t sound the most exciting, but if your classroom doesn’t have the space or is set up to have a flag standing in the corner or elsewhere, these Aluminum Wall Brackets have got you covered. These brackets are made to hold a flag of up to 2′ x 3′ with a 1/4″ to 5/8″ diameter staff. They will display your flag at a 45-degree angle and even work great with stick flags.

Flag Wall Bracket

3. Indoor State Flag Kits

And if you want to add even more customization and state pride to your classroom, we have Indoor State Flag Kits. These are going to be your best option for knocking everything out at once. These kits are highly customizable from using oak to telescoping flagpoles, gold and flat spears, the Texas Star, Parade ball and a variety of different eagle toppers to really show your flagpole off and give it its own unique look. These kits in particular do come with State Flags, but if you so happen to want one that may not be in stock, you can check out our full State Flags page to pick one out here and buy the Indoor Flagpole Kit without the Flag separate for the same effect and result.

California State Indoor Flag Kit

4. 12″ x 18″ State and World Flags

Next on the list if you want something a little smaller and economical, our 12″x18″ State and World Flags are a very popular choice. From mock U.N. to congressional meetings to making learning a subject a little more immersive. If you happen to have a French or Spanish class to World History, these flags make great additions to add color, grounding and meaning to whatever subject is being taught.

Texas State Stick Flag

5. 4″ x 6″ Set of All 50 State Flags

For even smaller flags that look great on desks, check out our 4″ x 6″ Set of all 50 State Flags. This is one of our most economical packages providing you with ALL 50 states. Make the Parade of States even more memorable and have the kids “flag,” you down to learn more about U.S. history and all 50 states.

6. Revolutionary War Flags

Speaking of United States history, The United States Flag Store has a ton of famous and recognizable Revolutionary War Flags. I know when I was a kid seeing the different flags that America had throughout its tenure and in its infancy, I always looked in awe. With the American flag being so iconic and seen throughout your life, it’s hard to imagine that there was once a time when the American flag that we see today wasn’t always that way. From the humble beginnings of the Betsy Ross Flag with its 13 five-point stars in a circle to the Grand Union flag with the Union Jack in the canton that served before that and to the lesser used “Don’t Tread on Me,” flags. There are some great choices here to add to your classroom.

Betsy Ross Flag

7. Back to School Garden Flags

And finally, we have the Decorative Back to School Garden Flag. Perfect for setting up outside to welcome the students in your life back to a semester and session of learning. This decorative Back to School Garden Flag has a crayon shaped heart arranged in a rainbow-like fashion. It is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and a wonderful way to greet the kiddos.

Back to School Garden Flag

And with that, the bells are now ringing, and it is onto the next chapter we all go. So, in parting ways, I’ll leave you with a little sentiment to ponder and sit with. As this article has to do with learning and going back to school, I’ll stick with a cerebral concept and context. It’s an old proverb by philosopher Lao Tzu from Ancient China and it goes,

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Summer Garden Flags

It’s that time of year again. The jet skis are cruising on the lake, all of the insects are buzzing about, the tourists have set up camp in their cabins and you’re trying to keep your grass green and keep from frying in the sun. It’s a beautiful time of year, no doubt, filled with having fun in the sun, traveling, adventure, friends and family, but maybe you have been looking at your outside space and wanting to make it a little more vibrant and welcoming. Maybe you want your yard and garden to be a wonderful seasonal reflection, showcase your personality and what you really like!

Super Tough Summer Time Garden Flag with Bicycle
Super Tough Garden Flag – Sweet Summertime

Cute Welcome Garden Flags

Nothing quite invites warmth and visitors quite like the iconic welcome summer garden flags we have in store. Most of these flags measure 12.5″ x 18″ and are readable on both sides, so that way no matter where you are you can see it! Our welcome garden flags are also made with dura soft fabric that holds its own against the outdoor wear and looks great doing it. From the birds and the bees to the flowers and the trees, you are sure to get one of these flags and be pleased.

Super Tough Welcome Garden Flag with Black Buffalo Check Pattern and Lemon Wreath
Super Tough Garden Flag – Welcome

Outdoor Hello Summer Flags and Themes

Along with welcoming any visitors to your area and home, saying hello to the season and sharing some lovely foliage for everyone to take in is always appreciated and joyous. We have got an array of designs in our inventory that will bring your garden and yard to life, even if you are struggling to keep the grass from looking like it’s a dustbowl. With these beautiful designs, summer and your garden will always be in full bloom.

Super Tough Hello Summer Garden Flag with Lemonade Glass On the Beach
Super Tough Summer Garden Flag – Hello Summer

Unique Summertime Beach Garden Flags

She sells seashells down by the seashore. At least that’s the theme of these beautiful flags. We have got just the lot of beach themed flags that will turn heads and your home into a lakeside retreat. It’s hard to be too crabby with these flags.

Super Tough Welcome Garden Flag with Seashells, starfish and a blue seahorse
Super Tough Summer Garden Flag – Coastal Welcome

Seasonal Garden Flags Winter, Spring and Fall

We all love Summer but know that it only lasts such a short while. To keep some of the blues away when transitioning into the other seasons, The United States Flag Store offers garden flags for every season of the year. Whether you are looking for the cozy comforts of winter, the pumpkin lattes and colorful leaves of fall or the new beginnings that spring has to offer, you are bound to find something to ring in these seasons to your house and home.

What is the purpose of a garden flag?

A garden flag is just another way to express yourself and bring what you like and love out to the forefront. Adding these nifty little things to your yard and garden can really help personalize and warm up your space.

What material is a garden flag?

Our garden flags are made of different materials depending on what you purchase. They will come in either a dura soft material, nylon or printed polyester. All our products will state specifically what it is made of on the product description page.

Whether you are just starting out on your garden flag collection journey or just adding to it, we are happy to offer you what we have available and to be a part of it. Good luck in your findings and happy searching!

New Decorations to Celebrate the Start of Winter

The holidays are officially over and it’s time to bust out some new decor! Winter began on December 21st and doesn’t end until March 19th, giving ample time to display your new United States Flag Store winter decorations. We carry over fifty different winter-themed decorations… Which will you choose?

Winter Flags

As always, our decorative flags are available in both banner and garden flag sizes. Banner flags measure about 28″x40″, while garden flags are smaller in dimension at about 12.5″x18″. Most of our flags are readable from both sides, so their messages can be viewed even as the flags blow in the breeze. Our flags are crafted with high quality fabric, bright lasting colors, and come complete with a pole hem so they are ready for display. Check out just three of our great winter flags in the images below.

“Snowfall Chickadee” garden flag (left); “Cozy Couple” garden flag (center); “Snowflake Splendor” garden flag (right)

Other Winter Decor

United States Flag Store carries more than flags, including our selection of winter-themed mailbox covers! Our mailbox covers are pre-cut to fit standard sized 6.5″x19″ metal mailboxes. They are magnetic, which allows for easy placement and removal. Made with quality vinyl, our mailbox covers will remain vibrant and colorful!

“Red Bird” mailbox cover (left); “Warm Winter Welcome” mailbox cover (right)

Our Wind Friends and Wind Socks make decorating for winter fun! Hang them from your porch for a lovely decoration! These decorations are made with heavy duty weather resistant polyester, crafted to withstand the cold winter winds and snowfall. Our Wind Friends are lightly stuffed to give a three-dimensional appearance. No assembly required!

“Let It Snow Windsock” (left); “Snowman Wind Friend” (center); “Penguin Wind Friend” (right)

Celebrate the winter season with decorations from United States Flag Store! Our durable, high quality fabrics allow for multiple seasons of use. Check out our selection today!

Questions or comments? Contact us toll free at 1-877-734-2458.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with New Flags and Decorations

From garden flags to mailbox covers to cute Twister Tails, United States Flag Store is the hub for all Christmas decor! In fact, we carry almost 200 different Christmas decorations!


As always, United States Flag Store carries holiday flags in several different sizes including garden flags, banner flags, and blade flags. Our designs are versatile, ranging from eccentric animated flags to beautifully made religious flags. Check them out for yourself!

Fun & Quirky Flags

This “Naughty or Nice” double appliqué garden flag makes for an adorable yard decoration! This flag features Santa reading through his list naughty list with vibrant, lasting colors. “Double appliqué” means the flag is readable on both sides. The “Christmas Cats” garden flag features six caroling holiday cats! Rated 5/5 stars based on customer reviews, this flag is made with high quality polyester and measures 12″ x 18″.

“Naughty or Nice” garden flag (left); “Christmas Cats garden flag” (right)

Basic Flags

These “Christmas Cardinal Wreath” and “Merry Magnolias” banner flags would look lovely in your yard! These 28″ x 40″ flags are readable on both sides and crafted using high quality materials so you can use them for multiple seasons!

“Christmas Cardinal Wreath” banner flag (left); “Merry Magnolias” banner flag (right)

Religious Flags

Our 28″ x 40″ “Christ is Christmas” banner flag is made with durable fabric and features deep, beautiful colors that will certainly stand out in your yard. This “Reason for the Season” garden flag measures 12.5″ x 18″. Its printed message and lovely nativity scene can be viewed from both sides.

“Christ is Christmas” banner flag (left); “Reason for the Season” garden flag (right)

Mailbox Covers

Make getting your mail fun with these adorable Christmas mailbox covers! These magnetic covers are made in the USA and pre-cut to perfectly fit an 8″ x 21″ mailbox. This “Merry Christmas” cover and animated snowman cover are sure to delight with their bright cheerful designs.

“Merry Christmas” mailbox cover (left); Animated snowman mailbox cover (right)

Other Holiday Decor

This 42″ Santa Twister Tail is made with durable polyester fabric and is lightly stuffed. Our Santa Claus 3D Windsock is available in both 40″ and 60″ and made with fade-resistant and weather-resistant materials. The best part about these decorations? No assembly required! Just hang them up and watch them swirl in the winter breeze.

Don’t forget about New Years!

Our “And Happy New Year” garden flag is perfect for the transition from Christmas to New Years – one flag covers both holidays! This flag is readable from both sides and measures 12.5″ x 18″. If you’re looking for a flag dedicated to the New Year, our 12″ x 18″ “Happy New Year” garden flag is an excellent option! It features vibrant black and gold contrasting on heavy duty polyester.

“And Happy New Year” garden flag (left); “Happy New Year” garden flag (right)

Make United States Flag Store your one-stop-shop for all holiday decorations! With almost 200 different options, we guarantee you’ll find the perfect decorations to celebrate this holiday season.

Happy holidays!

Have questions or comments? Call us toll free at 1-877-734-2458.

Great Holiday Gift Ideas from United States Flag Store

Looking to find the perfect holiday gift but need some inspiration? United States Flag Store is here to help! Our selection of products make great gifts for veterans and active duty service members.

Military Honors Display Cases

Military honors display cases look beautiful when mounted on the wall or proudly displayed on a mantel or desk. Finely crafted wood finishes include cherry, oak, or walnut to match any room décor.

See the flag and document case, pictured on the left below. This case is entirely Pennsylvania made from start to finish. It is crafted using poplar wood and a cherry finish. This case can house a 8.5in x 11in document and a 3ft x 5ft flag.

The flag memorial case with pedestal shown below is lightweight yet sturdy and made with high quality walnut. It is designed to perfectly fit a 5ft x 9.5ft flag, and the case measures 25in x 17.5in x 3in in size. For only $10 more, an engraved plate with up to three lines may be added.

Flag and Document Case in Cherry (left); Flag Memorial Case with Pedestal in Walnut (right)

Shadow Boxes

United States Flag Store carries a variety of shadow boxes for your loved ones’ most prized memorabilia like certificates, family heirlooms, name tags, insignias, patches, medals, and flags. In addition to the selection of lovely wood finishes, the background material of select cases can be customized with plain black felt or a choice of service uniform fabric (Navy blue, Army green, Air Force blue, Marine Corps blue, Marine Corps green and Coast Guard blue).

The military flag and medal display shadow box shown on the left below features a black felt background so your prized possessions truly stand out. This case measures 19in x 20in and features a gorgeous cherry finish. A 3ft x 5ft flag can be proudly displayed in this case.

The three bay flag memorial case on the right is 21in x 28in and crafted from poplar wood with a walnut finish. The three compartments allow for individualized organization of one’s memorabilia. This case fits a 5ft x 9.5ft flag.

Engraved Brass Plates

Customize your military display case by adding an engraved brass plate! The brass plate below measures in at 3.25in x 6.25in. It includes up to three lines of engraving with a maximum of 25 characters per line in Arial font. These brass plates give you the ability to truly personalize your gift and make your loved one’s holiday special.

Our military display cases and shadow boxes are a beautiful way to recognize one’s hard work, dedication, and love for this country. They can be customized and individualized into a lifelong keepsake. They make for an excellent holiday gift, and can be proudly displayed for years to come!

Have questions or comments? Call us toll free at 1-877-734-2458.

Decorating for Thanksgiving with United States Flag Store

Decorating for Thanksgiving has never been easier with decorations from United States Flag Store! Check out our selection of holiday flags and spritz up your home décor! We carry a variety of Thanksgiving flags from whimsical and animated to classic and religious. Most flags are available in both garden and banner size. No matter what style you’re looking for, we are sure to have a flag that will work for you. Shop all of our Banner and Garden Flags here!

Animated Thanksgiving Flags

Thanksgiving flags don’t need to be serious! Enjoy these adorable animated flags, meant to uplift your front yard and make passersby smile with Thanksgiving joy.

“Gobble Gobble” banner flag (left)
“Happy Thanksgiving” banner flag (right)

Religious Thanksgiving Flags

Looking to showcase Thanksgiving festivity and celebrate your most meaningful reasons to be thankful at the same time? Our selection of religious Thanksgiving flags make for beautiful decorations.

“Give Thanks to the Lord for He is Good” banner flag (left)
“Harvest Blessings” banner flag (right)

Classic Thanksgiving Flags

If you’re looking for a basic Thanksgiving flag, we got you covered. From turkeys to flowers to pumpkins, we have it all!

“Happy Thanksgiving” with turkey banner flag (left)
“Happy Thanksgiving” floral banner flag (right)

Why stop at flags?

We also carry other Thanksgiving décor, like these cute hanging decorations! Look below and imagine how charming this pilgrim turkey or scarecrow would look hanging from your front porch. These outdoor decorations are manufactured using high-quality polyester material with fade and weather resistance, so you can use them for multiple seasons!

Turkey Twister Tail 40” (left)
Scarecrow Twister Tail 42” (right)

We also carry decorative mailbox covers so you can spread Thanksgiving joy to the postage deliverers and all who drive past your home! Check out these festive mailbox covers with lovely phrases and designs, pictured below. These strong magnetic covers attach to most standard sized metal mailboxes.

“Gather and Be Grateful” mailbox cover (left)
“Happy Thanksgiving” mailbox cover (right)

What are we most thankful for here at United States Flag Store? You! Thank you to all our customers. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

Honoring Service Members This Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is fast approaching on November 11th. Flags are one of the most beautiful and timeless ways to show your thanks and pay tribute to all the dedicated men and women who have served our country. 

We all know that flags make great decorations, but they also make for terrific gifts and serve as an easy way to show your American pride. We offer durably made American flags in several sizes, ranging from flags on a handheld stick the whole way to 20’ x 30’!

We carry a vast selection of flags representing each branch of the military including the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Take a look below at just a handful of the military flags we have to offer. Our military flags are available in several sizes.

Top (left to right): Air Force, Army, Marine Corps flags
Bottom (left to right): Navy, Coast Guard, Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flags

At the United States Flag Store, we know flags. Our flags are made with heavyweight nylon or polyester, providing great durability even when flying outside against the elements. However, we carry way more than just outdoor flags. We also offer indoor flags, car and motorcycle flags, and garden flags.

If you’re not looking for a flag but still want something to show your respect this Veteran’s Day, the United States Flag Store also carries unique flag accessories. Flag pins are perfect when pinned on a hat or jacket lapel. Or, show your pride by placing a new decal on your vehicle! We also carry a complete line of military grave markers that make for a beautiful way to honor fallen soldiers and veterans.

To all service members, including active duty, veterans, and those who have left us: we sincerely thank you for your service and your dedication to this great country.

Happy Veteran’s Day! 

Newsweek Magazine: United States Flag Store is #3 for “Collectibles”

Congratulations to everyone at United States Flag Store! 

In September 2019, United States Flag Store was awarded in Newsweek magazine’s inaugural list of the Best Online Shops 2020! This list includes 1,000 online stores, each ranked within their respective industries ranging from “Garden, Furniture & Supplies,” “Hobby, Leisure Items,” “Car, Motorcycle, Boats,” and many more. 

How was the award determined?

This is no simple award. Over 9,500 online stores were initially assessed using 48 subjective and objective criteria. Stores that passed the initial evaluation were then assessed by Statista Inc., a data-research firm, according to 41 additional criteria. Data was also collected by a nationwide survey of over 8,000 American online shoppers. Shoppers thoroughly evaluated each online store according to seven subjective criteria. As a result of this data analysis, 1,000 online stores spanning eight industries and 39 categories qualified for the inaugural list of the Best Online Shops 2020.

United States Flag Store ranked as the #3 online store in the “Collectibles” category

United States Flag Store is a leading supplier of durable high quality flags, flag poles, and flag accessories in the United States. Despite our name, we carry a diverse selection of flags including thousands of countries, religions, and sports. We also offer specialty flags such as military and POW flags, and decorative flags for every major holiday. No matter what type of flag you’re searching for, we are sure to carry it! 

Thank you to our excellent employees and valued customers – this award would not be possible without you!

Interested in seeing all we have to offer? Visit our online store.

To read the published Newsweek article and see the full list of online shops, please visit here.

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FIFA World Cup


Just like the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup comes once every four years. The World Cup presents an opportunity for soccer teams (otherwise known as football outside the United States) to compete for a world title.

The World Cup came to be after Jules Rimet proposed an international football tournament after being inspired by the Olympic games. The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay. The inaugural tournament proved to be a success, but with a few issues, as only 13 teams were invited to play. Since then, teams took part in a qualification process to earn a spot in the World Cup. Nearly 90 years after the first World Cup was held, there are now 32 teams* who go to the World Cup to win the coveted World Cup trophy.

Each World Cup has football fans excited for their favorite teams. The World Cup is seen by billions of people each year, compared to the Super Bowl which is watched by millions. Flags and team jerseys for the countries are purchased, tickets purchased, and viewing parties. Tears of frustration and joy are shed along with shouts of both anger and happiness. The World Cup is more than just a game for many. It’s the event of a lifetime.

Did you know? FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Football Association).

Most Successful: Brazil is the most successful team to have won the World Cup trophy five separate times.

Two Nations, One Games: The only World Cup that was held jointly by two separate countries was in 2002 in Japan and South Korea. They were also the first Asian countries to host.

*As of this writing, there is rumor that the number of teams will go up to 48 in 2022, allowing 16 more teams a chance to compete. If this does not take effect in 2022, then it would most likely take effect in 2026, the original scheduled team number increase.