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1962 FIFA World Cup qualification

A total of 56 teams entered the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Chile, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates21 August 1960 – 16 December 1961
Teams56 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played92
Goals scored325 (3.53 per match)
Top scorer(s)Czechoslovakia Andrej Kvašňák
(7 goals)
1958
1966

As with previous World Cups, the rules of the qualification rounds were quite confusing. Moreover, the winners of the four weakest continental zones: North America (NAFC), Central America and Caribbean (CCCF), Africa (CAF) and Asia (AFC), were not guaranteed direct spots in the final tournament. Instead, each of them had to enter a play-off against a team from either Europe (UEFA) or South America (CONMEBOL), with the winners of the three play-offs qualifying.

The 16 spots available in the 1962 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 8 direct places + 2 spots in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against teams from CAF and AFC), contested by 30 teams (including Israel and Ethiopia).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 5 direct places + 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CCCF/NAFC); 2 direct places went to automatic qualifiers Chile and Brazil, while the other 3.5 places were contested by 7 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CCCF/NAFC): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL), contested by 8 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA), contested by 6 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA), contested by 3 teams.

A total of 49 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 92 qualifying matches were played, and 325 goals were scored (an average of 3.53 per match).

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

EuropeEdit

The 30 teams were divided into 10 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:

  • Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 had 3 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
  • Group 7 had 5 teams. The teams played in a knockout tournament, with matches on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 9 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA / CAF Intercontinental Play-off.
  • Group 10 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

UEFA Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1    Switzerland 4 3 0 1 9 9 0 6
2   Sweden 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7 6
3   Belgium 4 0 0 4 3 10 −7 0





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

Switzerland qualified

UEFA Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 6
2   France 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7 6
3   Finland 4 0 0 4 3 12 −9 0





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

Bulgaria qualified

UEFA Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   West Germany 4 4 0 0 11 5 +6 8
2   Northern Ireland 4 1 0 3 7 8 −1 2
3   Greece 4 1 0 3 3 8 −5 2





West Germany qualified

UEFA Group 4Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Hungary 4 3 1 0 11 5 +6 7
2   Netherlands 3 0 2 1 4 7 −3 2
3   East Germany 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1




1 October 1961 Netherlands  Not played[1]  East GermanyNetherlands

Hungary qualified

UEFA Group 5Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Soviet Union 4 4 0 0 11 3 +8 8
2   Turkey 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 4
3   Norway 4 0 0 4 3 11 −8 0





Soviet Union qualified

UEFA Group 6Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   England 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 7
2   Portugal 4 1 1 2 9 7 +2 3
3   Luxembourg 4 1 0 3 5 21 −16 2





England qualified

UEFA Group 7Edit

First roundEdit


Israel advanced to the Second Round.

Second roundEdit

Romania withdrew, so Italy advanced to the Final Round automatically.


Israel advanced to the Final Round.

Final roundEdit


Italy qualified

UEFA Group 8Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Czechoslovakia 4 3 0 1 16 5 +11 6
2   Scotland 4 3 0 1 10 7 +3 6
3   Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 3 17 −14 0





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

Czechoslovakia qualified

UEFA Group 9Edit

First RoundEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Spain advanced
  Denmark withdrew

Second RoundEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Spain 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
2   Wales 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
  Austria withdrew

Spain advanced to the UEFA / CAF Intercontinental Play-off.

UEFA Group 10Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
2   Poland 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
  Iceland Withdrew

Yugoslavia advanced to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

South AmericaEdit

Among the 7 teams, Paraguay were drawn to play in the CONMEBOL / CCCF / NAFC Intercontinental Play-off. The remaining 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

CONMEBOL Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Argentina 2 2 0 0 11 3 +8 4
2   Ecuador 2 0 0 2 3 11 −8 0

Argentina qualified

CONMEBOL Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Uruguay 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
2   Bolivia 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1

Uruguay qualified

CONMEBOL Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Colombia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
2   Peru 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

Colombia qualified

North, Central America and CaribbeanEdit

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The remaining 7 teams (Canada withdrew before the matches began) were divided into 3 groups of 2 or 3 teams each (Group 1 with teams from Northern America and Mexico, Group 2 with teams from Central America and Group 3 with teams from Caribbean). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off.

CCCF/NAFC First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Mexico 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 3
2   United States 2 0 1 1 3 6 −3 1
  Canada withdrew

Mexico advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1=   Costa Rica 4 2 1 1 13 8 +5 5
1=   Honduras 4 2 1 1 5 7 −2 5
3   Guatemala 4 0 2 2 7 10 −3 2





Costa Rica and Honduras finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

Costa Rica advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Netherlands Antilles 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
2   Suriname 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1

Netherlands Antilles advanced to the Final Round.

CCCF/NAFC Final RoundEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Mexico 4 2 1 1 11 2 +9 5
2   Costa Rica 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2 4
3   Netherlands Antilles 4 1 1 2 2 13 −11 3





Mexico advanced to the CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off.

AfricaEdit

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off.

CAF First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  United Arab Republic withdrew
  Sudan withdrew

United Arab Republic and Sudan both withdrew as FIFA refused to allow them to rearrange their games to avoid the monsoon season.[1][permanent dead link]

Group 2Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1=   Morocco 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
1=   Tunisia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2

Morocco and Tunisia finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

Morocco advanced to the Final Round by winning a coin toss.

Group 3Edit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Ghana 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 3
2   Nigeria 2 0 1 1 3 6 −3 1

Ghana advanced to the Final Round.

CAF Final RoundEdit

Only 2 teams competed due to the withdrawals of both teams in Group 1.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Morocco 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
2   Ghana 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1

Morocco advanced to the UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off.

AsiaEdit

There would be only one round of play. The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

AFC Final RoundEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   South Korea 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 4
2   Japan 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
  Indonesia withdrew

Korea Republic advanced to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

In each play-off, the teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

CAF v UEFAEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification    
1   Spain 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 4 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 3–2
2   Morocco 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0 0–1
Source: FIFA

UEFA v AFCEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification    
1   Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 4 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 5–1
2   South Korea 2 0 0 2 2 8 −6 0 1–3
Source: FIFA

CCCF/NAFC v CONMEBOLEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification    
1   Mexico 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 1–0
2   Paraguay 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 0–0
Source: FIFA

Qualified teamsEdit

 
FIFA World Cup qualification 1962
 
Qualifying countries
Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
  Argentina 4th 2 1958
  Brazil (c) 7th 7 1958
  Bulgaria 1st 1
  Chile (h) 3rd 1 1950
  Colombia 1st 1
  Czechoslovakia 5th 3 1958
  England 4th 4 1958
  Hungary 5th 3 1958
  Italy 5th 1 1954
  Mexico 5th 4 1958
  Spain 3rd 1 1950
   Switzerland 5th 1 1954
  Uruguay 4th 1 1954
  Soviet Union 2nd 2 1958
  West Germany 5th 3 1958
  Yugoslavia 5th 4 1958

(h) – qualified automatically as host nation

(c) – qualified automatically as defending champions


3 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1966 finals: Colombia, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

GoalscorersEdit

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

NotesEdit

  • For the second World Cup in a row, no teams from Africa or Asia qualified.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Netherlands v. East Germany match was scratched, as due to visa problems, the East German players were not allowed to enter the Netherlands. As Hungary was already de facto qualified with three wins, no other date was arranged.
  2. ^ FIFA awarded Honduras a 2-0 win because Guatemala forfeited.

External linksEdit