The trophy for the world's most followed sporting spectacle, the FIFA World Cup, begins an 84-country, 215-day global tour that ends in South Africa on May 4, ahead of the 2010 competition in June. At each city along the way, soccer fans will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with the solid-gold trophy. It is awarded to the national team that win's football's most famous prize. The winners retain it until the next tournament, and are awarded a replica.
The 2009/2010 Trophy Tour is more ambitious than the first, which was held ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in 2006. It visited 31 cities in 29 countries. It is the first time the 32 World Cup final teams will be competing on the African continent for the world's most sought after trophy. The final will be played on 11 Jul 2010 at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. The competition is contested every four years by the 198 national member teams of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body.
Date written/update: 2009-09-24