At the 1908 Olympic Games football tournament in London, the winners received a diploma to honour their success. It was the start of a tradition that persists to this day in the FIFA World Cup.
The protocol for the teams playing in the Final of the FIFA World Cup is well established. At the end of the match, the squad of the losing team are presented with their runners-up medals first, followed by members of the victorious squad who receive their winner’s medals. The captain of the winning team is then presented with the trophy. For many years, the world champions then left for home with the trophy and returned it to FIFA just before the following tournament.