1958 FIFA World Cup qualification

A total of 55 teams entered the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Sweden as the hosts and West Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

1958 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams55 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played89
Goals scored341 (3.83 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Tommy Taylor (8 goals)
1954
1962

The qualification rounds for the four previous World Cups were very confusing, with controversial rules and many withdrawals. From this tournament onwards, FIFA decided to divide the teams into several continental zones, assign a pre-determined number of places in the final tournament to each zone, and delegate the organization of the qualifying tournaments to its confederations: UEFA of Europe, CONMEBOL of South America, NAFC of North America, CCCF of Central America and Caribbean, CAF of Africa and AFC of Asia (and OFC of Oceania after it was formed later). This led to a more organized qualification process with clearer rules, but not yet withdrawal-proof.

The 16 spots available in the 1958 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 11 places, 2 of them went to automatic qualifiers Sweden and West Germany, while the other 9 places were contested by 27 teams.
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 3 places, contested by 9 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (NAFC/CCCF): 1 place, contested by 6 teams.
  • Africa (CAF) and Asia (AFC): 1 place, contested by 11 teams (including Israel, Cyprus and Turkey).

However, FIFA also imposed a rule that no team would qualify without playing at least one match because many teams qualified for previous World Cups without playing due to withdrawals of their opponents. Because Israel won the African and Asian zone under this circumstance, FIFA required them to enter a play-off against a team from Europe who initially did not qualify, with the winner of this play-off qualifying. Therefore, effectively in the end, a total of 11.5 places were granted to Europe while only 0.5 places were granted to Africa and Asia.

A total of 46 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 89 qualifying matches were played, and 341 goals were scored (an average of 3.83 per match).

Listed below are the dates and results of the qualification rounds.

EuropeEdit

The 27 teams were divided into 9 groups, each featuring 3 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Denmark, East Germany, Iceland and the Soviet Union made their debuts in World Cup qualification.

UEFA Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   England 7 4 3 1 0 15 5 3.00
2   Republic of Ireland 5 4 2 1 1 6 7 0.86
3   Denmark 0 4 0 0 4 4 13 0.31
3 October 1956 Republic of Ireland   2 – 1   Denmark Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Curtis   27'
Gavin   45' (pen.)
Report Aa. Jensen   85' Stadium: Dalymount Park
Attendance: 32,600
Referee: Bond (England)

5 December 1956 England   5 – 2   Denmark Wolverhampton, England
Taylor   2'22'53'
Edwards   66'77'
Report O. Nielsen   27'32' Attendance: 54,083
Referee: Guigue (France)

8 May 1957 England   5 – 1   Republic of Ireland London, England
Taylor   10'19'40'
Atyeo   38'90'
Report Curtis   56' Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Phillips (Scotland)

15 May 1957 Denmark   1 – 4   England Copenhagen, Denmark
J. Jensen   27' Report Haynes   28'
Taylor   71'86'
Atyeo   75'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Dusch (West Germany)

19 May 1957 Republic of Ireland   1 – 1   England Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Ringstead   3' Report Atyeo   90' Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Philips (Scotland)

2 October 1957 Denmark   0 – 2   Republic of Ireland Copenhagen, Denmark
Report Cummins   53'
Curtis   61'
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Schulz (East Germany)

England qualified.

UEFA Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   France 7 4 3 1 0 19 4 4.75
2   Belgium 5 4 2 1 1 16 11 1.45
3   Iceland 0 4 0 0 4 6 26 0.23
11 November 1956 France   6 – 3   Belgium Paris, France
Cisowski   13'15'44'72'88'
Vincent   18'
Report Houf   16'
Willems   61'67'
Attendance: 46,049
Referee: Clough (England)

2 June 1957 France   8 – 0   Iceland Nantes, France
C. Oliver   6'11'
Vincent   29'83'
Dereuddre   36'
Piantoni   45'81'
Brahimi   49'
Report Attendance: 15,080
Referee: Ellis (England)

5 June 1957 Belgium   8 – 3   Iceland Brussels, Belgium
Orlans   4'57'
Piters   11'
Vandenberg   12'
Mees   22'26'
Coppens   42'44' (pen.)
Report Þórðarson   33'77'
R. Jónsson   81'
Attendance: 6,792
Referee: Blitgen (Luxembourg)

1 September 1957 Iceland   1 – 5   France Reykjavík, Iceland
Þ. Jónsson   64' Report Cisowski   29'32'
Ujlaki   48'66'
Wisnieski   53'
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Davidson (Scotland)

4 September 1957 Iceland   2 – 5   Belgium Reykjavík, Iceland
R. Jónsson   1'
Þ. Jónsson   65'
Report Van Herpe   9'
Willems   40'
Vandenberg   64'81'89'
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Davidson (Scotland)

27 October 1957 Belgium   0 – 0   France Brussels, Belgium
Report Attendance: 56,497
Referee: Helge (Denmark)

France qualified.

UEFA Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   Hungary 6 4 3 0 1 12 4 3.00
2   Bulgaria 4 4 2 0 2 11 7 1.57
3   Norway 2 4 1 0 3 3 15 0.20
22 May 1957 Norway   1 – 2   Bulgaria Oslo, Norway
Hennum   47' Report G. Dimitrov   38'75' Stadium: Ullevaal
Attendance: 27,542
Referee: Lindberg (Sweden)

12 June 1957 Norway   2 – 1   Hungary Oslo, Norway
Hennum   10'
K. Kristiansen   78'
Report Tichy   43' Attendance: 25,724
Referee: Helge (Denmark)

23 June 1957 Hungary   4 – 1   Bulgaria Budapest, Hungary
Machos   5'14'30'
Bozsik   52'
Report Kolev   69' Stadium: Nepstadion
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Guigue (France)

15 September 1957 Bulgaria   1 – 2   Hungary Sofia, Bulgaria
Diev   43' Report Hidegkuti   2'34' Stadium: Vasil Levski
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Bernardi (Italy)

3 November 1957 Bulgaria   7 – 0   Norway Sofia, Bulgaria
Iliev   6'60'74'
Panayotov   29'32'
Yanev   59'
Debarski   77'
Report Stadium: Vasil Levski
Attendance: 22,120
Referee: Macko (Czechoslovakia)

10 November 1957 Hungary   5 – 0   Norway Budapest, Hungary
Sándor   12'
Csordás   20'71'
Machos   69'
Falch   74' (o.g.)
Report Attendance: 91,000
Referee: Dusch (West Germany)

Hungary qualified.

UEFA Group 4Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   Czechoslovakia 6 4 3 0 1 9 3 3.00
2   Wales 4 4 2 0 2 6 5 1.20
3   East Germany 2 4 1 0 3 5 12 0.42
1 May 1957 Wales   1 – 0   Czechoslovakia Cardiff, Wales
Vernon   75' Report Referee: Bronkhorst (Netherlands)

19 May 1957 East Germany   2 – 1   Wales Leipzig, East Germany
Wirth   21'
Tröger   61'
Report M. Charles   6' Referee: Latyshev (Soviet Union)

26 May 1957 Czechoslovakia   2 – 0   Wales Prague, Czechoslovakia
Daniel   21' (o.g.)
Kraus   65'
Report Referee: Wyssling ()

16 June 1957 Czechoslovakia   3 – 1   East Germany Brno, Czechoslovakia
Kraus   60'
Bubník   81'
Molnár   89'
Report Wirth   18' Referee: Jörgensen (Denmark)

25 September 1957 Wales   4 – 1   East Germany Cardiff, Wales
Palmer   38'44'73'
Jones   42'
Report Kaiser   57' Referee: Leafe (England)

27 October 1957 East Germany   1 – 4   Czechoslovakia Leipzig, East Germany
H. Müller   35' Report Kraus   4'88'
Moravčík   23'
Novák   43'
Referee: Schwinte (France)

Czechoslovakia qualified. Wales received another chance to qualify after being drawn to play against Israel in a special play-off; see CAF / AFC Final Round and Play-off.

UEFA Group 5Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   Austria 7 4 3 1 0 14 3 4.67
2   Netherlands 5 4 2 1 1 12 7 1.71
3   Luxembourg 0 4 0 0 4 3 19 0.16
30 September 1956 Austria   7 – 0   Luxembourg Vienna, Austria
Hanappi   18'25'
Walzhofer   51'
Wagner   62'77'
Kozlicek   71'
Haummer   79'
Report Referee: Liverani (Italy)

20 March 1957 Netherlands   4 – 1   Luxembourg Rotterdam, Netherlands
Van der Gijp   27'30'
Dillen   72'
Brusselers   80'
Report Halsdorf   34' Referee: Treichel (West Germany)

26 May 1957 Austria   3 – 2   Netherlands Vienna, Austria
Koller   47'
Buzek   80'
Stotz   89' (pen.)
Report Van Melis   30'32' Referee: Schmetzer (West Germany)

11 September 1957 Netherlands   5 – 2   Luxembourg Rotterdam, Netherlands
Lenstra   15'28'
Wilkes   26'
Van Melis   35'
Rijvers   54'
Report Fiedler   5'
Letsch   58'
Referee: Murdoch (England)

25 September 1957 Netherlands   1 – 1   Austria Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lenstra   63' Report Hanappi   29' Referee: Ellis (England)

29 September 1957 Luxembourg   0 – 3   Austria Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Report Dienst   19'
Buzek   47'
Senekowitsch   66'
Referee: Versyp (Belgium)

Austria qualified.

UEFA Group 6Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1=   Soviet Union 6 4 3 0 1 16 3 5.33
1=   Poland 6 4 3 0 1 9 5 1.80
3   Finland 0 4 0 0 4 2 19 0.11
23 June 1957 Soviet Union   3 – 0   Poland Moscow, Soviet Union
Tatushin   9'
Simonyan   55'
Ilyin   77'
Report Stadium: Lenin Central Stadium
Attendance: 102,000
Referee: Clough (England)

5 July 1957 Finland   1 – 3   Poland Helsinki, Finland
Vanhanen   72' Report Jankowski   19'56'65' Referee: Nilsen (Norway)

27 July 1957 Soviet Union   2 – 1   Finland Moscow, Soviet Union
Voinov   23'
Netto   62'
Report Lahtinen   42' Stadium: Dynamo Stadium
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Mayer (Austria)

15 August 1957 Finland   0 – 10   Soviet Union Helsinki, Finland
Report Netto   6'
Simonyan   9'13'31'
Isayev   12'20'
Streltsov   29'49'
Ilyin   60'87'
Referee: A. Asmussen (Denmark)

20 October 1957 Poland   2 – 1   Soviet Union Chorzów, Poland
Cieślik   43'50' Report Ivanov   80' Referee: Clough (England)

3 November 1957 Poland   4 – 0   Finland Warsaw, Poland
Gawlik   2'
Brychczy   4'48'
Jankowski   60'
Report Referee: Dusch (West Germany)

Poland and USSR finished level on points, a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

24 November 1957 Soviet Union   2 – 0   Poland Leipzig, East Germany
Streltsov   31'
Fedosov   75'
Report Referee: Clough (England)

USSR qualified.

UEFA Group 7Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   Yugoslavia 6 4 2 2 0 7 2 3.50
2   Romania 5 4 2 1 1 6 4 1.50
3   Greece 1 4 0 1 3 2 9 0.22
5 May 1957 Greece   0 – 0   Yugoslavia Athens, Greece
Report Referee: Devillers (France)

16 June 1957 Greece   1 – 2   Romania Athens, Greece
Panakis   29' Report A. Ene   15'
Ozon   78'
Referee: Harzic (France)

29 September 1957 Romania   1 – 1   Yugoslavia Bucharest, Romania
A. Ene   78' Report Mujić   79' Referee: Grill (Austria)

3 November 1957 Romania   3 – 0   Greece Bucharest, Romania
Petschovsky   51' (pen.)
Tătaru   64'
Cacoveanu   67'
Report Referee: Schwinte (France)

10 November 1957 Yugoslavia   4 – 1   Greece Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Mujić   6'61'
Krstić   9'
Petaković   67'
Report Nestoridis   28' Referee: Jonni (Italy)

17 November 1957 Yugoslavia   2 – 0   Romania Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Milutinović   52'58' Report Referee: Seipelt (Austria)

Yugoslavia qualified.

UEFA Group 8Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   Northern Ireland 5 4 2 1 1 6 3 2.00
2   Italy 4 4 2 0 2 5 5 1.00
3   Portugal 3 4 1 1 2 4 7 0.57
16 January 1957 Portugal   1 – 1   Northern Ireland Lisbon, Portugal
Vasques   24' Report Bingham   6' Referee: Lequesne (France)

25 April 1957 Italy   1 – 0   Northern Ireland Rome, Italy
Cervato   3' Report Referee: Guigue (France)

1 May 1957 Northern Ireland   3 – 0   Portugal Belfast, Northern Ireland
Casey   22'
Simpson   60'
McIlroy   70' (pen.)
Report Referee: Phillips (Scotland)

26 May 1957 Portugal   3 – 0   Italy Lisbon, Portugal
Vasques   41'
Teixeira   81'
Matateu   87'
Report Referee: Treichel (West Germany)

22 December 1957 Italy   3 – 0   Portugal Milan, Italy
Gratton   36'72'
Pivatelli   84'
Report Referee: Damiani (Yugoslavia)

15 January 1958 Northern Ireland   2 – 1   Italy Belfast, Northern Ireland
McIlroy   13'
Cush   28'
Report Da Costa   56' Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)

The 15 January 1958 fixture of Italy at Northern Ireland was originally scheduled for 4 December 1957, but heavy fog in London prevented the referee (István Zsolt, manager of the Budapest Opera House) from arriving for the match in time. The fixture was postponed, but the match continued as a friendly, and ended in a 2–2 draw and a riot as the crowd (infuriated by the postponement and quite rough play from some Italian players) invaded the pitch. The 'friendly' match was dubbed the 'Battle of Belfast'.[1] Danny Blanchflower, Northern Ireland captain at the time, helped save the situation by ordering his players to escort their Italian counterparts off the field while the police dealt with the crowd.[2]

Northern Ireland qualified.

This was the only time that Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup until their failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

UEFA Group 9Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GAv
1   Scotland 6 4 3 0 1 10 9 1.11
2   Spain 5 4 2 1 1 12 8 1.50
3    Switzerland 1 4 0 1 3 6 11 0.55
10 March 1957 Spain   2 – 2    Switzerland Madrid, Spain
Suárez   30'
González   48'
Report Hügi   6'67' Referee: Erich (West Germany)

8 May 1957 Scotland   4 – 2   Spain Glasgow, Scotland
Mudie   22'70'79'
Hewie   41' (pen.)
Report Suárez   19'
Kubala   28'
Referee: Dusch (West Germany)

19 May 1957 Switzerland    1 – 2   Scotland Basel, Switzerland
R. Vonlanthen   13' Report Mudie   33'
Ring   71'
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)

26 May 1957 Spain   4 – 1   Scotland Madrid, Spain
Mateos   11'
Kubala   33'
Basora   60'87'
Report Smith   79' Referee: Leafe (England)

6 November 1957 Scotland   3 – 2    Switzerland Glasgow, Scotland
Robertson   29'
Mudie   52'
Scott   70'
Report Riva   35'
R. Vonlanthen   79'
Referee: Leafe (England)

24 November 1957 Switzerland    1 – 4   Spain Lausanne, Switzerland
Ballaman   61' Report Kubala   19'72'
Di Stéfano   24'55'
Referee: Alsteen (Belgium)

Scotland qualified.

South AmericaEdit

The 9 teams were divided into 3 groups of 3 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

CONMEBOL Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Brazil 3 2 1 1 0 2 1
2   Peru 1 2 0 1 1 1 2
  Venezuela withdrew
13 April 1957 Peru   1 – 1   Brazil Lima, Peru
Terry   38' Índio   47' Referee: Rodriguez (Uruguay)

21 April 1957 Brazil   1 – 0   Peru Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Didi   11' Referee: Marino (Uruguay)

Brazil qualified.

CONMEBOL Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Argentina 6 4 3 0 1 10 2
2   Bolivia 4 4 2 0 2 6 6
3   Chile 2 4 1 0 3 2 10
22 September 1957 Chile   2 – 1   Bolivia Santiago, Chile
Díaz   62'
Ramírez   68'
Alcón   36' Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

29 September 1957 Bolivia   3 – 0   Chile La Paz, Bolivia
García   30'
Alcócer   70'86'
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

6 October 1957 Bolivia   2 – 0   Argentina La Paz, Bolivia
Alcócer   13'
Ramírez   75'
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

13 October 1957 Chile   0 – 2   Argentina Santiago, Chile
Menéndez   40'
Conde   61'
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

20 October 1957 Argentina   4 – 0   Chile Buenos Aires, Argentina
Corbatta   1'41'
Menéndez   13'
Zárate   45'
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

27 October 1957 Argentina   4 – 0   Bolivia Buenos Aires, Argentina
Zárate   8'
Corbatta   62'
Prado   63'
Menéndez   64'
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

Argentina qualified.

CONMEBOL Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Paraguay 6 4 3 0 1 11 4
2   Uruguay 5 4 2 1 1 4 6
3   Colombia 1 4 0 1 3 3 8
16 June 1957 Colombia   1 – 1   Uruguay Bogotá, Colombia
Arango   15' Ambrois   46' Referee: Husband (England)

20 June 1957 Colombia   2 – 3   Paraguay Bogotá, Colombia
Gutiérrez   10'
Díaz   89'
A. Jara   34'
Agüero   68'
Aguilera   88'
Referee: Husband (England)

30 June 1957 Uruguay   1 – 0   Colombia Montevideo, Uruguay
Míguez   89' (pen.) Referee: Husband (England)

7 July 1957 Paraguay   3 – 0   Colombia Asunción, Paraguay
E. Jara   11'77'
Agüero   27'
Referee: Husband (England)

14 July 1957 Paraguay   5 – 0   Uruguay Asunción, Paraguay
Amarilla   5'48'57'
A. Jara   88'
Agüero   90'
Referee: Husband (England)

28 July 1957 Uruguay   2 – 0   Paraguay Montevideo, Uruguay
Benítez   8'
Martínez   88'
Referee: Husband (England)

Paraguay qualified.

North, Central America and CaribbeanEdit

There were two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 6 teams were divided into 2 groups with 3 teams each (Group 1 with teams from North America and Group 2 with teams from Central America and Caribbean). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners advanced to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner qualified.

CCCF / NAFC First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Mexico 8 4 4 0 0 18 2
2   Canada 4 4 2 0 2 8 8
3   United States 0 4 0 0 4 5 21
7 April 1957 Mexico   6 – 0   United States Mexico City, Mexico
C. Gutiérrez   14'26'
Reyes   33'69'76'
H. Hernández   63'
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Van Rosberg (Netherlands Antilles)

28 April 1957 United States   2 – 7   Mexico Long Beach, United States
E. Murphy   5'45' A. Hernández   22'36'82'
C. Gutiérrez   38'
H. Hernández   65'87'
Sesma   79'
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Morgan (Canada)

22 June 1957 Canada   5 – 1   United States Varsity Stadium Toronto, Canada
McLeod   32'
Philley   35'
Hughes   55'80'
Stewart   57'
Keough   35' (pen.) Attendance: 5,167
Referee: Sadler (Canada)

30 June 1957 Mexico   3 – 0   Canada Mexico City, Mexico
C. González   5'72'
C. Gutiérrez   46'
Referee: Van Rosberg (Netherlands Antilles)

3 July 1957 Mexico   2 – 0   Canada Mexico City, Mexico
C. Gutiérrez   8'
Sesma   28'
Referee: Van Rosberg (Netherlands Antilles)

6 July 1957 United States  [3] 2 – 3   Canada St. Louis, United States
Mendoza   42'
J. Murphy   80'
Philley   9'
Steckiw   14'
Stewart   25'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Lutostanski (United States)

Mexico advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Costa Rica 8 4 4 0 0 15 4
2   Territory of Curaçao 2 3 1 0 2 4 7
3   Guatemala 0 3 0 0 3 4 12
10 February 1957 Guatemala   2 – 6   Costa Rica Guatemala City, Guatemala
Vickers   19'
Espinoza   87'
Hernán   11'28'38'
Jiménez   17'
Montero   48'
Murillo   78'
Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

17 February 1957 Costa Rica   3 – 1
(66')[4]
  Guatemala San José, Costa Rica
Jiménez   12'
Cordero   28'
Herrera   65'
López   61' Referee: Orrego (Colombia)

3 March 1957 Costa Rica   4 – 0   Territory of Curaçao San José, Costa Rica
Herrera   16'63'
Murillo   35'67'
Referee: McKenna (England)

14 March 1957 Guatemala   1 – 3   Territory of Curaçao Guatemala City, Guatemala
López   51' De Lanoy   23'31'
Meulens   65'
Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

Costa Rica advanced to the Final Round. Territory of Curaçao v Guatemala was not played because the Guatemalan players were not permitted to travel to the Netherlands Antilles (the Netherlands Antilles were still using the nation's former "Curaçao" name).[5] However, neither team would have been able to advance with a win regardless.

CCCF / NAFC Final RoundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Mexico 3 2 1 1 0 3 1
2   Costa Rica 1 2 0 1 1 1 3
20 October 1957 Mexico   2 – 0   Costa Rica Mexico City, Mexico
Belmonte   77'
López   86'
Referee: Husband (England)

27 October 1957 Costa Rica   1 – 1   Mexico San José, Costa Rica
Soto   32' López   27' Referee: Husband (England)

Mexico qualified.

Africa and AsiaEdit

FIFA rejected the entries of Ethiopia and South Korea.[2] The remaining 10 teams played in a knockout tournament, with matches on a home-and-away basis. The tournament winner would qualify.

CAF / AFC Preliminary RoundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1=   Indonesia advanced
1=   China PR advanced
  Republic of China withdrew

Republic of China withdrew, so China PR and Indonesia advanced to the First Round automatically.

CAF / AFC First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA Ave
1=   Indonesia 2 2 1 0 1 5 4 1.25
1=   China PR 2 2 1 0 1 4 5 0.8
Indonesia  2 – 0  China PR
Ramang   47'80'
Referee: Jonni (Italy)

China PR  4 – 3  Indonesia
Zhang Honggen   1'
Nian Weisi   9'
Sun Fucheng   47'
Wang Lu   75'
Ramang   25'55'
Witarsa   70'
Referee: Chakravarti (India)

China PR and Indonesia finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Second Round.

Indonesia  0 – 0
(a.e.t.)
  China PR
Referee: U Ba Thaung (Burma)

Indonesia advanced to the Second Round by having a better goal average. (Penalty shootouts had not been invented.)

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Israel advanced
  Turkey withdrew

Turkey refused to compete in the Asian group, so Israel advanced to the Second Round automatically.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Egypt advanced
  Cyprus withdrew

Cyprus withdrew, so Egypt advanced to the Second Round automatically.

Group 4Edit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Sudan 3 2 1 1 0 2 1
2   Syria 1 2 0 1 1 1 2
8 March 1957 Sudan   1 – 0   Syria Khartoum, Sudan
Manzul   78' (pen.) Stadium: Khartoum Stadium
Referee: Riccardo Pieri (Italy)

24 May 1957 Syria   1 – 1   Sudan Damascus, Syria
Al-Zarqa   70' Suleiman Faris   38' Stadium: Abbasiyyin Stadium
Referee: Konstantinos Ioannidis (Greece)

Sudan advanced.

CAF / AFC Second RoundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1=   Israel advanced
1=   Sudan advanced
  Egypt withdrew
  Indonesia withdrew

Indonesia withdrew after FIFA rejected their request to play against Israel on neutral ground. Israel advanced to the Final Round automatically. Egypt withdrew, so Sudan advanced to the Final Round automatically.

CAF / AFC Final RoundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1   Israel advanced
  Sudan withdrew

Sudan refused to play against Israel because of the Arab League boycott of Israel, so Israel would technically qualify automatically, but before the qualification rounds began, FIFA had ruled that no team would qualify without playing at least one match (except for the defending champions and the hosts), and Israel had yet to play any.

Inter-confederation play-offs: CAF/AFC v UEFAEdit

A special play-off was created between Israel and the runner-up of one of the UEFA Groups, where the teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis, with the winner qualifying. After Belgium refused, Wales, the runner-up of UEFA Group 4, was the team drawn from the UEFA group runners-up.[6]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification    
1   Wales 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 4 Qualification to 1958 FIFA World Cup 2–0
2   Israel 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0 0–2
Source: FIFA

Qualified teamsEdit

 
FIFA World Cup qualification 1958
 
Qualifying countries
Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
  Argentina 3rd 1 1934
  Austria 3rd 2 1954
  Brazil 6th 6 1954
  Czechoslovakia 4th 2 1954
  England 3rd 3 1954
  France 5th 2 1954
  Hungary 4th 2 1954
  Mexico 4th 3 1954
  Northern Ireland 1st 1
  Paraguay 3rd 1 1950
  Scotland 2nd 2 1954
  Sweden[7] 4th 1 1950
  Soviet Union 1st 1
  Wales 1st 1
  West Germany[8] 4th 2 1954
  Yugoslavia 4th 3 1954

7 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1962 finals: Austria, France, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Scotland, Sweden and Wales.

GoalscorersEdit

8 goals
7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  • Wales is the only team to ever qualify after having been eliminated and then reinstated. Their qualification meant that all four Home Nations qualified, and that no team from the separate African and Asian zone qualified. This remains Wales' only appearance in the finals; they have never qualified through the European zone.
  • Italy were eliminated in qualifying for the first time. They would not fail again until 2018.
  • Two-time former champions Uruguay, who in their three previous appearances had always benefited from direct qualifications or withdrawals, now failed in what was the first time they actually had to play qualifying games.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Down Memory Lane: Battle of Belfast was far from a golden moment – International, Football". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  2. ^ a b "FIFA Fact Sheet: History of the FIFA World Cup (TM) Preliminary Competition" (PDF). FIFA. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09.