The France national team was officially founded in 1904, shortly before FIFA’s foundation in the same year (they had, however, participated in the 1900 Olympic Games and won a silver medal). They played their first official match against Belgium in Brussels, securing a 3-3 draw. The following year, they played their first home match at the famous Parc des Princes, defeating Switzerland in front of close to 500 fans. This was followed by a couple of heavy losses, including a memorable 0-15 defeat to England in 1906.
Early on in its history, France struggled with identity issues. Most of these issues were the product of a disagreement between FIFA and the USFSA, the main sports union in France. These disagreements came to a head just before the 1908 Olympics, resulting in FIFA and the USFSA sending two separate French teams to the competition. Both teams were eliminated by Denmark, with France A (controlled by FIFA) losing 1-17 and France B losing 0-9.
Later that year, the CFI (French Interfederal Committee) intervened by stating that FIFA would be responsible for the national team from that point onward. After failing to reach a satisfying agreement, the USFSA eventually disbanded, becoming semi-affiliated with the CFI in 1913. Six years later, the CFI transformed into the French Football Federation we have today. This newfound stability contributed to some promising showings, such as a 2-1 victory over England.
- France took part in the first ever World Cup in 1930. They scored the first ever world cup goal in their opening match against Mexico.
- France has won two world cups, tying them for 3rd most world cup wins. Once in 1998 and again in 2018
- Just Fontaine has the most goals scored in a single world cup (13) done in 1958. A record that has yet to be broken.