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The FIFA World Cup qualification is the process that a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals. The FIFA World Cup is the largest international team sport competition in the world with a qualification process required to reduce the large field of countries from over 200 to just 32 for the World Cup Finals.

Qualifying tournaments are held within the six FIFA continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, Europe), and are organized by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides beforehand the number of spots awarded to each of the continental zones, based on the numbers and/or relative strength of the confederations' teams. 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification commenced in 2011 and finished in late 2013.

The hosts of the World Cup receive an automatic berth. Unlike many other sports, results of the previous World Cups or of the continental championships are not taken into account. Until 2002, the defending champions also received an automatic berth, but starting from the 2006 World Cup this is no longer the case.

History[edit]

Over many years, the World Cup's qualification has evolved, from having no qualification at all in 1930, when the tournament was invitational and only 13 teams entered, to the current two-year process. The first World Cup qualifying match was played on 11 June 1933 when Sweden defeated Estonia 6–2 in Stockholm. The first ever goal in a World Cup qualifying match was scored 7 minutes into the game: it was scored according to some sources by Swedish captain Knut Kroon, or according to other sources by Estonian goalkeeper Evald Tipner (own goal).

While the number of teams which qualified for the finals has increased steadily, from 16 between 1934 and 1978, to 24 between 1982 and 1994, and finally to 32 starting from 1998, the qualification format has been basically the same throughout the history of the World Cup. The teams have been grouped continentally, and they competed for a fixed number of berths, with one or two berths reserved for winners of the intercontinental play-offs.

Qualification spots by continent[edit]

The table below lists the numbers of spots allocated by FIFA for each continent in each tournament. No spots for a continent, such as in the case of Oceania prior to 1966 and Africa in 1950, do not indicate an exclusion of those continents by FIFA, but rather that no country of those continents made an entry to the aforementioned Cups.[1]

A large part of the African territory lived under colonial rule during part of the 20th century, mainly the first half of the century. As of 1954, only 3 African countries were affiliated to FIFA: Egypt, in 1923, Sudan, in 1948, and Ethiopia, in 1952.[2] Sudan and Ethiopia made entries for no Cup prior to 1958. Egypt made entries for the 1934, 1938 and 1954 Cups, though not for the 1930 and 1950 Cups. Though an African country, Egypt entered in 1938 and 1954 into the European group, therefore the table below indicates no data about Africa for these 2 Cups.

Places in the intercontinental play-offs count as 0.5 spots. Numbers in bold represent the winners of the intercontinental play-offs. "+C" denotes an additional spot for defending champions. "+H" denotes an additional spot for hosts.

Places allocated for continents
Continental zone 1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)1
1950
Brazil
(13)2
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)6
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Africa 1 0 0.53 0.54 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 5
+H
5    
Asia 1 12 1 0.54 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3.5 2.5
+2H
4.5 4.5 4.5   H
Oceania 0 0.5 0.5 0.255 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5    
Europe 12 111
+C+H
72
+C
11
+H
9.53
+C+H
8+4
2×0.5
9
+H
8
+C
8.5
+H
8.5
+C
13
+H
12.5
+C
13
+H
12
+C
14
+H
13.5
+C
13
+H
13 13 H  
North and Central America
and Caribbean
1 1 2 1 1 0.5 1 1
+H
1 1 2 1
+H
2 1.255
+H
3 3 3.5 3.5 3.5    
South America 2 1 4
+H
1
+C
3 3.5
+C+H
3
+C
3 2.5
+C
2.5
+H
3
+C
4 2.5
+C
3.55 4
+C
4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
+H
   
Total 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 24 24 24 24 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
  • 1 In 1938, Austria withdrew after qualifying due to being annexed by Germany and were not replaced, so only 15 teams, 12 of them European, played in the finals.
  • 2 In 1950, India, Scotland and Turkey withdrew after qualifying and were not replaced, so only 13 teams, none of them Asian and 6 of them European, played in the finals.
  • 3 Initially in 1958, Africa and Asia together were given 1 spot, while Europe was given 9 spots. However, after Israel won the African and Asian zone without playing any matches due to withdrawals of other teams, a special play-off was arranged between them and a European team (Wales). So in effect, Africa and Asia together were given 0.5 spots, while Europe was given 9.5 spots.
  • 4 In 1962, Europe was given 8 automatic spots, plus 2 additional spots in the intercontinental play-offs, in effect giving them 9 spots. The two European teams played an African team and an Asian team respectively, and both European teams won. Therefore, 10 European teams played in the finals.
  • 5 In 1994, there were two rounds of intercontinental play-offs. First, an Oceanian team played a team from North and Central America and Caribbean, and the winner then played a South American team.
  • 6 From the 2006 qualifiers on, the defending champion no longer has an automatic spot secured.

Qualification competition entrants over time[edit]

The number of teams entering the qualification process and the number of matches played have been steadily growing over time. Though an African country, Egypt entered in 1938 and 1954 into the European group, therefore being zero the below indicator as for Africa in these years.

Number of teams entering qualification (including automatic qualifiers)
Continental zone 1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Africa 3 0 0 0 11 6 21 13 24 26 29 29 26 40 38 51 51 53 51
Asia 2 4 3 5 7 18 22 21 27 26 29 36 42 39 43 43
Oceania1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 7 10 10 12 11 11
Europe 21 26 19 29 29 30 33 31 33 32 34 33 33 39 50 51 52 53 53
North and Central America
and Caribbean
4 7 3 5 6 8 10 14 14 17 15 18 16 23 30 35 34 35 35
South America 4 2 8 6 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10
Total entrants 32 37 34 45 55 56 74 75 99 107 109 121 116 147 174 199 198 2053 203
Teams played2 27 21 19 33 46 49 51 68 90 95 103 110 103 130 168 193 194 2003 203
Matches played 27 22 26 57 89 92 127 172 226 252 306 308 314 497 643 777 847 853 828
Goals scored 141 96 121 208 341 325 393 542 620 723 797 801 735 1446 1922 2452 2464 2344 2303
Average goals per match 5.22 4.36 4.65 3.65 3.83 3.53 3.09 3.15 2.74 2.87 2.60 2.60 2.34 2.91 2.99 3.16 2.91 2.75 2.81
  • 1 Because the Oceania Football Confederation has used the World Cup Qualifiers as a phase of (or as the entire) Oceania Nations Cup, there is the possibility for non-FIFA countries to enter in matches that double as World Cup qualifiers. In the 2006 qualifiers, New Caledonia were included in the tournament although they were not FIFA members at the date of close of entries. They are, however, included in the 12 nations listed as they joined FIFA during the course of qualification, even though they had been technically eliminated from contention a few days earlier (a similar situation occurred in the entries for 2010, with Montenegro's entry accepted prior to their admission by FIFA). By contrast, Tuvalu competed in the 2007 South Pacific Games Football tournament, which doubled as qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup. They are not included in the 11 OFC entrants, although their results counted towards the qualification of other teams.
  • 2 "Teams played" is the total number of teams that played at least one qualifying match.
  • 3 This number include Tuvalu and South Africa. Although South Africa qualified automatically for 2010 as hosts, they competed in the CAF qualifiers, becoming the first hosts to compete in World Cup qualifying since 1934. This is because the Confederation of African Football used its 2010 World Cup qualifiers as the qualifying phase for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament for which South Africa had to attempt to qualify.

First appearance in qualification by team[edit]

Note - Only teams that played at least one match are considered for the purposes of first appearance. Teams that withdrew prior to the qualification, or that qualified to the World Cup automatically due to another team's withdrawal are not considered and written Italics.

World Cup Europe South America North, Central America and Caribbean Asia Africa Oceania Total
Italy
1934
 Austria
 Belgium
 Bulgaria
 Czechoslovakia
 Estonia
 France
 Germany
 Greece
 Hungary
 Irish Free State
 Italy1
 Lithuania
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Portugal
 Romania
 Spain
 Sweden
 Switzerland
 Turkey
 Yugoslavia
 Brazil
 Peru
 Argentina
 Chile
 Cuba
 Haiti
 Mexico
 United States
 Palestine  Egypt none 27
France
1938
 Finland
 Latvia
 Norway
 Colombia  Costa Rica
 Dutch Guyana
 El Salvador
 Japan
 Dutch East Indies
none none 3
Brazil
1950
 England
 Northern Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
 Yugoslavia2
 Bolivia
 Paraguay
 Ecuador
 Uruguay
none  Israel3
 Syria
 Burma
 Philippines
 Indonesia
 India
none none 8
Switzerland
1954
 Saar
 Turkey
 West Germany
 Brazil
 Chile
 Paraguay
none  Japan
 South Korea
 Republic of China
 South Vietnam
none none 8
Sweden
1958
 Denmark
East Germany East Germany
 Iceland
 Soviet Union
 Argentina
 Bolivia
 Colombia
 Peru
 Uruguay
 Venezuela
 Canada
 Costa Rica
 Curaçao
 Guatemala
 China PR
 Indonesia
 Sudan
 Ethiopia
none 16
Chile
1962
 Cyprus  Ecuador  Dutch Guyana
 Honduras
 Netherlands Antilles4
none  Ethiopia
 Ghana
 Morocco
 Nigeria
 Tunisia
 United Arab Republic
none 10
England
1966
 Albania  Venezuela  Jamaica
 Trinidad and Tobago
 North Korea  Congo
 Liberia
 Guinea
 Algeria
 Libya
 Cameroon
 Mali
 Senegal
 Gabon
 South Africa
 Australia 6
Mexico
1970
none none  Bermuda
 El Salvador
none  Algeria
 Cameroon
 Libya
 Rhodesia
 Senegal
 Zambia
 New Zealand 9
West Germany
1974
 Malta none  Antigua and Barbuda
 Puerto Rico
 Hong Kong
 Iran
 Iraq
 Kuwait
 Malaysia
 South Vietnam
 Thailand
 Congo
 Ivory Coast
 Dahomey
 Guinea
 Kenya
 Lesotho
 Mauritius
 Madagascar
 Sierra Leone
 Tanzania
 Togo
 Zaire
none 21
Argentina
1978
none none  Barbados
 Dominican Republic
 Guyana
 Panama
 Suriname5
 Bahrain
 Chinese Taipei
 Qatar
 Saudi Arabia
 Singapore
 Sri Lanka
 United Arab Emirates
 Malawi
 Mauritania
 Niger
 Uganda
 Upper Volta
 Central African Republic
none 15
Spain
1982
none none  Grenada  Macau  Gambia
 Liberia
 Madagascar
 Mozambique
 Somalia
 Zimbabwe6
 Fiji 9
Mexico
1986
none none none  Bangladesh
 Brunei
 Jordan
   Nepal
 North Yemen
 South Yemen
 United Arab Emirates
 Oman
 Lebanon
 Angola
 Benin7
none 10
Italy
1990
none none  Belize  Oman
 Pakistan
 Maldives
 Burkina Faso8
 Gabon
 Rwanda
none 4
United States
1994
 Faroe Islands
 Germany9
 Russia
 San Marino
none  Nicaragua
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Myanmar
 Lebanon
 Sri Lanka
 Vietnam
 Yemen9
 Botswana
 Burundi
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Namibia
 South Africa
 Swaziland
 Solomon Islands
 Tahiti
 Vanuatu
 Samoa
19
France
1998
 Armenia
 Azerbaijan
 Belarus
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
 Croatia11
 Czech Republic10
 Georgia
 Liechtenstein
 Macedonia
 Moldova
 Slovakia10
 Slovenia
 Ukraine
 FR Yugoslavia11
none  Aruba
 Belize
 Cayman Islands
 Dominica
 Bahamas
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Cambodia
 Kazakhstan
 Kyrgyzstan
 Maldives
 Philippines
 Tajikistan
 Turkmenistan
 Uzbekistan
 DR Congo12
 Guinea-Bissau
 Rwanda
 Cook Islands
 Papua New Guinea
 Samoa
 Tonga
34
South KoreaJapan
2002
 Andorra none  Anguilla
 Bahamas
 British Virgin Islands
 Montserrat
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 U.S. Virgin Islands
 Guam
 Laos
 Mongolia
 Palestine
 Cape Verde
 Central African Republic
 Chad
 Djibouti
 Equatorial Guinea
 Eritrea
 Mali
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Seychelles
 American Samoa 21
Germany
2006
 Serbia and Montenegro13 none none  Afghanistan none  New Caledonia14 3
South Africa
2010
 Montenegro10
 Serbia10
none none  Bhutan
 Myanmar
 Timor-Leste
 Comoros  Tuvalu15 7
Brazil
2014
none none  Curaçao none none none 1
  • 1 Despite being the hosts, Italy had to qualify to the tournament.
  • 2 First appearance as Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; previous appearance as Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
  • 3 First appearance as Israel; previous appearances as Eretz Yisrael.
  • 4 First appearance as Netherlands Antilles; previous appearances as Curaçao.
  • 5 First appearance as Suriname; previous appearances as Dutch Guyana.
  • 6 First appearance as Zimbabwe; previous appearances as Rhodesia.
  • 7 First appearance as Benin; previous appearances as Dahomey.
  • 8 First appearance as Burkina Faso; previous appearances as Upper Volta.
  • 9 First appearance after the reunification.
  • 10 First appearance after the split.
  • 11 First appearance as Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; previous appearances as Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 12 First appearance as Democratic Republic of the Congo; previous appearances as Zaire.
  • 13 First appearance as Serbia and Montenegro; previous appearances as Yugoslavia.
  • 14 Not a member of FIFA at the time of the qualification.
  • 15 Matches in the Football tournament of the South Pacific Games counted towards the qualification tournament for the OFC, and Tuvalu's results counted in determining advancement from this stage. However, Tuvalu was not a member of FIFA at the time of qualification and had not entered the FIFA World Cup.

National teams results in World Cup preliminary competition 1934–2014[edit]

  • Note that prior to qualification for the 1998 World Cup 2 points were awarded for a victory but all victories in the table below are awarded 3 points; a draw is awarded 1 point.
Key to colours in the table
Country has won the World Cup
Country has qualified for the main tournament


Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Confederation Top scorers
 Mexico 159 102 33 24 407 118 339 CONCACAF J. Borgetti 23
C. Hermosillo 15
H. Sánchez 13
C. Blanco 12
J. Lozano 11
S. Reyes 11
J. Fonseca 10
O. Peralta 10
 Costa Rica 156 76 38 42 270 165 266 CONCACAF P. Wanchope 21
A. Saborio 17
R. Fonseca 11
 Netherlands 115 76 23 16 275 81 251 UEFA R. van Nistelrooy 13
R. van Persie 13
D. Bergkamp 12
J. Cruyff 10
 South Korea 117 70 33 14 226 76 243 AFC Park Chu Young 12
Ha Seok-Ju 10
 Russia (1994—)
 Soviet Union (1958–1990)
115 73 23 19 227 75 242 UEFA A. Kerzhakov 11
V. Beschastnykh 9
 United States 138 70 32 36 229 165 242 CONCACAF L. Donovan 13
C. Dempsey 13
E. Johnson 12
J. Altidore 10
B. McBride 10
 Spain 107 72 24 11 240 73 240 UEFA F. Hierro 10
D. Villa 8
J. Salinas 8
Raúl 8
F. Torres 7
I. Langara 7
Michel 7
 Czech Republic (1998—)
 Representation of Czechs and Slovaks (1994)
 Czechoslovakia (1934–1994)
128 71 26 31 249 106 239 UEFA M. Baroš 13
J. Koller 11
A. Kvašňák 10
T. Rosický 10
 Sweden 119 73 19 27 240 112 238 UEFA Z. Ibrahimović 19
H. Larsson 15
M. Dahlin 10
 Serbia (2010—)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006)
 Yugoslavia (1998–2002)
 Yugoslavia (1934–1990)
118 69 28 21 249 104 235 UEFA S. Milošević 17
P. Mijatović 16
D. Savićević 10
M. Kežman 10
 Australia 119 68 30 21 311 95 234 AFC A. Thompson 20
D. Zdrilic 15
J. Aloisi 15
J. Kosmina 14
T. Cahill 14
B. Emerton 12
A. Vidmar 10
 Portugal 129 67 33 29 230 135 234 UEFA Pauleta 19
C. Ronaldo 15
Eusébio 12
L. Figo 9
 Argentina 118 68 29 21 216 111 233 CONMEBOL H. Crespo 19
L. Messi 14
G. Batistuta 11
G. Higuain 10
S. Aguero 9
 Belgium 123 68 24 31 234 135 228 UEFA M. Wilmots 14
E. Mpenza 8
W. Sonck 8
 England 102 68 23 11 257 64 227 UEFA W. Rooney 16
F. Lampard 13
M. Owen 10
I. Wright 8
S. Gerrard 8
 Iran 110 66 28 16 231 76 226 AFC A. Daei 35
K. Bagheri 28
J. Nekounam 13
 Honduras 132 64 33 35 235 145 225 CONCACAF C. Pavón 25
J. Figueroa 13
C. Costly 13
D. Suazo 11
A. Guevara 10
M. Núñez 10
 Italy 97 67 23 7 200 60 224 UEFA G. Riva 14
R. Bettega 11
F. Inzaghi 7
S. Mazzola 7
A. Gilardino 7
 Uruguay 136 60 38 38 186 144 218 CONMEBOL L. Suarez Diaz 16
D. Forlán 15
D. Silva 8
S. Abreu 8
 Romania 118 64 22 32 211 124 214 UEFA G. Hagi 15
G. Popescu 10
F. Răducioiu 9
 Germany (1994—)
 West Germany (1950–1990)
 Germany (1934–1938)
84 64 18 2 249 66 210 UEFA K. Rummenigge 13
M. Klose 13
M. Ballack 10
G. Müller 9
M. Oezil 8
 El Salvador 130 60 25 45 221 152 205 CONCACAF R. Diaz Arce 18
J. González 12
L. Ramírez 11
 Paraguay 136 59 27 50 182 164 204 CONMEBOL J. Cardozo 14
R. Santa Cruz 13
C. Paredes 8
S. Cabañas 7
J. Chilavert 7
 Scotland 115 57 25 33 175 124 196 UEFA K. Gallacher 9
 France 101 58 21 22 198 82 195 UEFA M. Platini 12
F. Ribery 8
E. Cantona 7
T. Cisowski 7
JPP 6
T. Henry 6
 Switzerland 120 54 32 34 181 139 194 UEFA A. Frei 17
K. Türkyilmaz 17
S. Chapuisat 10
 Bulgaria 119 56 26 37 195 158 194 UEFA D. Berbatov 17
H. Bonev 12
E. Kostadinov 10
 Brazil 92 56 25 11 199 59 193 CONMEBOL Romário 11
Zico 11
Kaká 10
L. Fabiano 10
Ronaldo 10
Tostão 10
Rivaldo 9
 Saudi Arabia 100 56 25 19 187 79 193 AFC S. Al Jaber 16
T. Al-Meshal 14
O. Al-Dosari 13
K. Al-Muwallid 11
 Republic of Ireland (1950—)
 Irish Free State (1934–1938)
129 51 38 40 186 158 191 UEFA Rob. Keane 18
T. Cascarino 9
 Austria 113 55 25 33 198 124 190 UEFA T. Polster 15
A. Herzog 14
H. Krankl 10
 Colombia 134 50 40 44 159 140 190 CONMEBOL Falcao Garcia 10
 Japan 102 55 23 24 203 78 188 AFC K. Miura 27
T. Takagi 14
 Hungary 112 54 25 33 202 149 187 UEFA F. Bene 10
 Nigeria 96 53 27 16 162 74 186 CAF O. Martins 10
R. Yekini 10
 Chile 128 53 27 48 191 168 186 CONMEBOL M. Salas 18
I. Zamorano 17
H. Suazo 11
 China PR 90 58 11 21 195 63 185 AFC Hao Haidong 13
 Denmark 110 51 27 32 187 132 180 UEFA J. Tomasson 10
P. Elkjær 10
S. Larsen 10
 Tunisia 96 51 26 19 165 78 179 CAF Z. Beiya 9
 Morocco 104 48 35 21 140 79 179 CAF A. Faras 6
Y. Hadji 6
 Poland 107 52 20 35 200 129 176 UEFA W. Lubański 14
K. Deyna 9
 Trinidad and Tobago 121 50 25 46 181 155 175 CONCACAF S. John 20
S. David 17
A. Eve 12
 Greece 116 49 24 43 141 161 171 UEFA T. Gekas 12
A. Charisteas 9
M. Papaioannou 9
 Cameroon 79 49 17 13 134 57 164 CAF S. Eto'o 18
P. Mboma 10
R. Milla 9
 Egypt (1) 86 48 18 20 155 85 162 CAF M. Aboutrika 14
A. Zaki 12
H. Hassan 10
 Guatemala 112 44 29 39 173 138 161 CONCACAF C. Ruiz 30
J. Plata 10
 Canada 107 43 32 32 146 127 161 CONCACAF A. Bunbury 12
 Ecuador 125 41 31 53 143 173 154 CONMEBOL A. Delgado 16
É. Méndez 10
 Turkey 118 43 21 54 162 174 150 UEFA H. Şükür 16
 New Zealand 83 45 14 24 197 93 149 OFC V. Coveny 19
S. Sumner 14
S. Smeltz 13
G. Turner 11
 Norway 116 40 29 47 153 162 149 UEFA J. Carew 8
K. Rekdal 8
 Kuwait 85 45 13 27 148 82 148 AFC J. Al Huwaidi 13
A. Al Anbari 12
F. Al Dakhil 12
B. Abdulaziz 10
 Zambia 90 43 18 29 139 82 147 CAF Kalusha Bwalya 9
 Iraq 85 42 19 24 177 85 145 AFC A. Radhi 15
E. Mohammed 10
L. Hussain Shaaib 10
 Northern Ireland 122 37 34 51 132 154 145 UEFA D. Healy 9
 Qatar 94 41 21 32 144 102 144 AFC M. Al Enazi 15
M. Souf 12
 Israel (1950—)
 Palestine, British Mandate (1934–1938)
112 36 34 42 156 163 142 UEFA E. Ohana 8
 Ivory Coast 71 38 23 10 134 62 137 CAF D. Drogba 18
I. Bakayoko 11
 Peru 129 35 31 63 135 185 136 CONMEBOL J.Farfan 12
 Algeria 81 38 21 22 111 79 135 CAF R. Madjer 9
 Uzbekistan 76 38 18 20 151 81 132 AFC M. Shatskikh 15
M. Kasimov 13
J. Irismetov 11
S. Djeparov 11
 Bolivia 132 35 27 70 161 246 132 CONMEBOL J. Botero 16
M. Martins 11
 Ghana 75 38 17 20 123 61 131 CAF A. Gyan 10
 Jamaica 96 35 26 35 109 119 131 CONCACAF L. Shelton 9
 Haiti 82 36 16 30 144 115 124 CONCACAF E. Sanon 19
G. Pierre 15
 North Korea 75 34 18 23 102 69 120 AFC Hong Yong Jo 8
 Wales 110 33 21 56 138 164 120 UEFA I. Rush 11
D. Saunders 10
 United Arab Emirates 79 33 17 29 126 94 116 AFC A. Al Talyani 15
YS. Ali 10
 Guinea 70 34 11 25 112 86 113 CAF P. Feindouno 12
 Ukraine 60 30 20 10 95 43 110 UEFA A. Shevchenko 26
 Finland 119 30 20 69 125 274 110 UEFA M. Forssell 10
 DR Congo (1998—)
 Zaire (1974–1998)
69 31 16 22 112 77 109 CAF S. Nonda 10
 Bahrain 80 28 25 27 95 84 109 AFC A. Hubail 8
 Croatia 50 29 15 6 89 42 102 UEFA B. Balaban 7
 Syria (1) 64 27 15 22 137 75 96 AFC B. Al Said 17
 Angola 59 24 22 13 78 53 94 CAF Akwa 14
 Oman 62 25 17 20 104 63 92 AFC H. Al Dhabit 11
 Slovakia 54 26 14 14 93 57 92 UEFA S. Németh 8
(P. Dubovský scored 6 goals for RCS and 3 goals for Slovakia, thus 9 goals in total)
 Venezuela 122 23 19 80 101 279 88 CONMEBOL J. Arango 12
R. Moran 10
 Senegal 55 21 19 15 75 51 82 CAF EH. Diouf 14
 South Africa 42 25 7 10 55 34 82 CAF S. Bartlett 7
 Jordan 62 23 13 26 84 85 82 AFC H. Abdel-Fattah 11
 Iceland 96 21 18 57 100 208 81 UEFA E. Guðjohnsen 11
 Panama 78 21 17 40 88 142 80 CONCACAF L. Tejada 12
J. Dely Valdés 11
B. Perez 10
 Zimbabwe (1982—)
 Rhodesia (1970)
63 21 16 26 63 80 79 CAF P. Ndlovu 11
 Kenya 64 21 15 28 71 87 78 CAF D. Oliech 15
 Cuba 66 20 18 28 84 101 78 CONCACAF L. More 11
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 48 23 8 17 88 56 77 UEFA E. Džeko 19
Z. Misimovic 12
 Togo 61 21 14 26 68 82 77 CAF E. Adebayor 16
 Burkina Faso (1990—)
 Upper Volta (1978)
53 23 7 23 76 73 76 CAF M. Dagano 18
 Slovenia 52 21 12 19 69 61 75 UEFA M. Novakovic 10
 East Germany 47 22 8 17 87 65 74 Defunct J. Streich 14
 Thailand 73 20 14 39 96 126 74 AFC K. Senamuang 15
PO. Piyapong 10
 Indonesia 71 19 16 36 87 143 73 AFC I. Jaya 5
 Suriname (1978—)
 Dutch Guyana (1962–1974)
63 19 14 30 90 107 71 CONCACAF R. George 6
 Hong Kong 65 19 12 34 78 123 69 AFC Lau Wing Yip 10
 Congo (2) 54 19 11 24 59 67 68 CAF A. Mamouna-Ossila 4
 Fiji 46 19 9 18 104 84 66 OFC O. Vakatalesau 12
E. Masinisau 11
 Libya 49 18 12 19 55 52 66 CAF A. Masli 5
A. Osman 5
 Gabon 49 19 8 22 54 57 65 CAF G. Nzamba 5
T. Zue 5
 Latvia 65 17 14 34 75 112 65 UEFA M. Verpakovskis 9
 Sudan 62 15 17 30 56 98 62 CAF H. Kamal 7
 Lithuania 63 16 13 34 52 91 61 UEFA E. Jankauskas 6
 Lebanon 48 16 12 20 75 71 60 AFC R. Antar 11
 Solomon Islands 44 17 8 19 101 95 59 OFC C. Menapi 16
H. Fa'arodo 11
 Malaysia 51 15 13 23 66 81 58 AFC D. Salleh 7
 Singapore 60 16 9 35 65 112 57 AFC A. Duric 7
 Malawi 57 13 17 27 56 82 56 CAF C. Msowoya 6
 Albania 94 14 13 67 62 175 55 UEFA E. Bogdani 8
 Liberia 55 14 11 30 37 82 53 CAF G. Weah 6
 New Caledonia 27 16 4 7 74 28 52 OFC M. Hmae 11
 Curaçao (2014—)
 Netherlands Antilles (1962–2010)
 Curaçao (1958)
54 12 15 27 48 110 51 CONCACAF R. Siberie 7
 Tahiti 36 14 6 16 52 74 48 OFC L. Tehau 5
 Estonia 66 13 9 44 52 147 48 UEFA A. Oper 12
 Cyprus 104 12 12 80 78 281 48 UEFA M. Konstantinou 14
 Bermuda 32 13 8 11 68 45 47 CONCACAF J. Nusum 12
S. Goater 10
 Mali 32 13 7 12 46 41 46 CAF F. Kanouté 10
 Belarus 48 12 10 26 55 76 46 UEFA T. Kalachev 6
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 48 13 6 29 62 128 45 CONCACAF R. Jack 10
 Kazakhstan 50 12 8 30 65 102 44 UEFA R. Baltiyev 6
 Turkmenistan 32 13 4 15 54 48 43 AFC B. Kuliev 6
 Ethiopia 41 11 10 20 48 64 43 CAF G. Gibeto 4 (+ 1 one goal annulled vs. Botswana)
 Macedonia 50 11 10 29 56 87 43 UEFA G. Pandev 6
 Benin (1986—)
 Dahomey (1974)
42 12 7 23 44 86 43 CAF R. Omotoyossi 11
 Tajikistan 28 12 5 11 54 35 41 AFC S. Hamidov 5
N. Hakimov 5
 Madagascar 33 11 7 15 38 44 40 CAF H. Randrianaivo 5
 Yemen (1994—)
 North Yemen (1986–1990)
40 10 10 20 47 62 40 AFC A. Al Nono 7
 Uganda 34 11 6 17 34 55 39 CAF D. Obua 5
 Sierra Leone 43 10 9 24 37 67 39 CAF A. Kamara 3
 Antigua and Barbuda 38 11 5 22 60 87 38 CONCACAF P. Beyers 10
 Georgia 46 9 11 26 43 75 38 UEFA A. Iashvili 7
 Armenia 52 8 13 31 42 96 37 UEFA A. Petrosyan 4
H. Mkhitaryan 4
Y. Movsisyan 4
 Vanuatu 34 11 3 20 73 81 36 OFC S. Soromon 9
E. Mermer 9
 Dominican Republic 27 10 5 12 41 45 35 CONCACAF E. Ozuna 5
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 26 9 7 10 49 44 34 CONCACAF I. Lake 10
 India 33 8 10 15 36 69 34 AFC J. Ancheri 4
 Cape Verde 26 10 3 13 28 33 33 CAF A. Gomes 5
C. Morais 5
 Namibia 39 8 8 23 34 79 32 CAF R. Tjikuzu 4
R. Bester 4
 Tanzania 33 7 10 16 34 45 31 CAF J. Tegete 3
T. Ali 3
P. Tino 3
 Bangladesh 40 9 4 27 31 90 31 AFC M. Hossain Joarder 3
M. Alfaz 3
 Rwanda 35 7 9 19 30 51 30 CAF A. Said 6
 Mozambique 32 7 8 17 29 49 29 CAF Dario 5
 Barbados 33 8 4 21 29 69 28 CONCACAF J. Alexander 6
L. Riley 6
 Kyrgyzstan 23 8 2 13 28 41 26 AFC S. Kutsov 3
S. Chikishev 3
 Botswana 30 7 5 18 26 48 26 CAF D. Selolwane 8
 Vietnam(3) 32 8 2 22 35 68 26 AFC Cong Vinh Le 7
 Niger 26 7 4 15 21 45 25 CAF I. Alhassane 2
M. Yahaya 2
M. Kamfideni 2
 Guyana 32 7 4 21 30 75 25 CONCACAF C. Watson 4
 Moldova 48 5 10 33 31 92 25 UEFA E. Sidorenco 4
 Azerbaijan 48 4 13 31 19 85 25 UEFA V. Javadov 3
 Montenegro 20 5 9 6 27 31 24 UEFA D. Damjanovic 6
 Gambia 22 6 5 11 18 33 23 CAF M. Jarjue 4
 Samoa (2002—)
 Western Samoa (1994–1998)
20 7 1 12 31 66 22 OFC J. Michael 5
 Tonga 19 7 1 11 22 74 22 OFC L. Taufahema 5
 Grenada 21 6 3 12 46 47 21 CONCACAF R. Charles 8
 Palestine 18 5 4 9 24 31 19 AFC E. Abou El Kair 4
 Saint Lucia 22 6 1 15 28 57 19 CONCACAF E. Jean 5
 Faroe Islands 60 5 4 51 30 168 19 UEFA U. Arge 4
 Chinese Taipei 50 5 4 41 28 180 19 AFC Jui Te Chen 3
Duh Deng Chyan 3
Wei Yi Huang 3
 Luxembourg 124 4 7 113 61 407 19 UEFA A. Schmit 4
R. Langers 4
 Burundi 16 5 3 8 12 20 18 CAF C. Nahimana 2
H. Mbazumutima 2
Y. Ndikumana 2
 Belize 20 5 3 12 25 48 18 CONCACAF D. McCauley 13
 Puerto Rico 23 4 6 13 21 53 18 CONCACAF H. Ramos 4
 Maldives 24 5 2 17 28 100 17 AFC A. Ashfaq 7
 Papua New Guinea 13 4 3 6 24 23 15 OFC R. Davani 6
 Bahamas 12 4 3 5 20 35 15 CONCACAF L. St Fleur 6
 Sri Lanka (4) 29 3 6 20 20 72 15 AFC K. Jayasuriya 4
   Nepal 28 4 3 21 23 98 15 AFC N. Ramayajhi 7
 Malta 92 2 9 81 30 275 15 UEFA C. Busuttil 5
 Chad 12 4 1 7 12 17 13 CAF F. Oumar 3
 Lesotho 22 2 6 14 13 50 12 CAF T. Masia 1
T. Ramoseli 1
M. Ramafole 1
S. Leboela 1
S. Muso 1
L. Seema 1
L. Ramabele 1
T. Tale 1
B. Mothoana 1
L. Marabe 1
S. Tsepo 1
T. Lekhoana 1
T. Koetle 1
 Liechtenstein 50 2 6 42 22 146 12 UEFA M. Frick 5
 Equatorial Guinea 18 3 2 13 16 34 11 CAF J. Edjogo 6
 Macau 33 3 1 29 14 161 10 AFC Kin Seng Chan 2
A. Carvalhal 2
D. Pinto 2
 Swaziland 15 2 3 10 7 36 9 CAF S. Dlamini 3
 Dominica 16 2 3 11 12 46 9 CONCACAF V. Casimir 3
 Laos 18 2 2 14 17 95 8 AFC V. Phaphouvanin 4
 Aruba 12 2 1 9 18 37 7 CONCACAF W. Gross 3
M. Escalona 3
 Nicaragua 16 2 1 13 10 39 7 CONCACAF E. Palacios 2
R. Leguias 2
 Guinea-Bissau 10 1 3 6 6 15 6 CAF P. Tavares 2
 U.S. Virgin Islands 13 2 0 11 7 76 6 CONCACAF R. Klopp 2
 Mauritania 14 1 2 11 7 33 5 CAF A. Teguedi 2
 Mauritius 16 1 2 13 12 44 5 CAF D. Imbert 2
W. Marquette 2
 Philippines 13 1 2 10 8 45 5 AFC P. Younghusband 2
 Cambodia 16 1 2 13 11 62 5 AFC S. Nasa 3
 Andorra 42 1 2 39 12 139 5 UEFA I. Lima 3
 Saar 4 1 1 2 4 8 4 Defunct H. Binkert 1
G. Siedl 1
H. Martin 1
W. Otto 1
 São Tomé and Príncipe 6 1 1 4 3 19 4 CAF C. Pontes 1
A. Ramos 1
O. dos Santos 1
 Mongolia 12 1 1 10 5 46 4 AFC L. Donorov 1
O. Selenge 1
B. Davaa 1
B. Buman-Uchral 1
TA. Khurelbaatar 1
 Djibouti 11 1 1 9 5 48 4 CAF M. Hirir 1
H. Robleh 1
M. Khaireh 1
AH. Daher 1
H. Yussin 1
 Cook Islands 17 1 1 15 12 61 4 OFC T. Mateariki 2
C. Best 2
 American Samoa 15 1 1 13 5 132 4 OFC Sh. Luani 2
R. Ott 2
 South Vietnam (3) 3 1 0 2 1 5 3 Defunct own goal by S. Meelarkpit (THA)
 Eritrea 6 0 3 3 2 11 3 CAF A. Tedros 1
T. Tekle 1
 Central African Republic 8 1 0 7 6 16 3 CAF F. Kethevoama 1
N. Ozingoni 1
 Myanmar (5) 6 1 0 5 2 17 3 AFC M. Naing 1
P. Soe 1
 Somalia 9 0 3 6 1 20 3 CAF one unknown scorer in 1982 vs. Niger
 Cayman Islands 14 0 3 11 5 34 3 CONCACAF M. Ebanks 2
 Turks and Caicos Islands 8 1 0 7 2 34 3 CONCACAF G. Glinton 1
D. Lowery 1
 Pakistan 28 0 3 25 11 115 3 AFC G. Zaman 3
 British Virgin Islands 8 0 2 6 5 31 2 CONCACAF A. Williams 2
 Seychelles 12 0 2 10 6 33 2 CAF P. Zialor 3
 San Marino 56 0 2 54 9 259 2 UEFA A. Selva 5
 South Yemen 2 0 1 1 4 7 1 Defunct Abubakar Al-Mass 1
 Afghanistan 6 0 1 5 2 21 1 AFC O. Karimi 1
M. Arezou 1
 Tuvalu 4 0 1 3 2 22 1 OFC V. Sekifu 1
 Anguilla 8 0 1 7 2 33 1 CONCACAF K. Hughes 7
R. O Connor 1
 Comoros 4 0 0 4 3 15 0 CAF I. Bakar 1
D. Midtadi 1
M. Youssouf 1
 Timor-Leste 4 0 0 4 4 18 0 AFC E. Da Silva 3
 Guam 2 0 0 2 0 35 0 AFC zero goalscorer
 Montserrat 7 0 0 7 5 41 0 CONCACAF JL. Hodgson 3
 Brunei 12 0 0 12 2 57 0 AFC K. Zainudin 1
A. Rahim 1
 Bhutan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 AFC zero goalscorer

Last updated: 16th June 2014

1Egypt and Syria formed a joint association in 1960 and entered the preliminary competition for World Cup 1962 as a joint team, called United Arab Republic, though they withdrew before playing any game. Later, Egypt entered the preliminary rounds for World Cup 1966 under the name of United Arab Republic, but withdrew yet again before playing.
2Congo entered the preliminary competition for World Cup 1966 as French Congo, but their entry was not accepted by FIFA.
3The federation ruling Vietnam national football team now seems to have been established in North Vietnam (that never entered the World Cup), so it seems to make more sense not to merge the results of Vietnam and South Vietnam.
4Sri Lanka entered the preliminary competition for World Cup 1974 as Ceylon, but withdrew before playing any game.
5Myanmar entered the preliminary competition for World Cup 1950 as Burma, but withdrew before playing any game.

Top scorers in preliminary competition 1934–2014[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

Rank Nation Player Goals Games played Goal ratio Qualification tournaments
1 Iran Ali Daei 35 51 0.69 1994 (7 goals), 1998 (9), 2002 (10), 2006 (9)
2 Guatemala Carlos Ruiz 30 37 0.81 2002 (8 goals), 2006 (10), 2010 (6), 2014 (6)
3 Iran Karim Bagheri 28 29 0.97 1998 (19 goals), 2002 (8), 2010 (1)
4 Japan Kazu Miura 27 25 1.08 1994 (13 goals), 1998 (14)
5 Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko 26 40 0.65 1998 (4 goals), 2002 (10), 2006 (6), 2010 (6)
6 Honduras Carlos Pavón 25 37 0.68 1998 (2 goals), 2002 (15), 2006 (1), 2010 (7)
7 Mexico Jared Borgetti 23 24 0.96 2002 (6 goals), 2006 (14), 2010 (3)
8 Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope 21 37 0.57 1998 (6 goals), 2002 (7), 2006 (8)
9 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John 20 45 0.44 1998 (3 goals), 2002 (3), 2006 (12), 2010 (2)
10 Australia Archie Thompson 20 15 1.33 2002 (16 goals), 2006 (2), 2014 (2)
11 New Zealand Vaughan Coveny 19 19 1.00 1998 (4 goals), 2002 (9), 2006 (6)
12 Haiti Emmanuel Sanon 19 20 0.95 1974 (11 goals), 1978 (8)
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Dzeko 19 22 0.86 2010 (9 goals), 2014 (10)
14 Portugal Pauleta 19 24 0.79 2002 (8 goals), 2006 (11)
15 Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic 19 29 0.66 2002 (1 goal), 2006 (8), 2010 (2), 2014 (8)
16 Argentina Hernán Crespo 19 33 0.58 1998 (3 goals), 2002 (9), 2006 (7)
17 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba 18 19 0.95 2006 (9 goals), 2010 (6), 2014 (3)
18 Burkina Faso Moumouni Dagano 18 24 0.75 2002 (1 goal), 2006 (5), 2010 (12)
19 Cameroon Samuel Etoo 18 29 0.62 2002 (3 goals), 2006 (4), 2010 (9), 2014 (2)
20 El Salvador Raul Diaz Arce 18 29 0.62 1994 (2 goals), 1998 (9), 2002 (7)
21 Chile Marcelo Salas 18 32 0.56 1998 (11 goals), 2002 (4), 2006 (1), 2010 (2)
22 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane 18 37 0.49 2002 (2 goals), 2006 (4), 2010 (6), 2014 (6)
23 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 15 43 0.35 2006 (7 goals), 2010 (0), 2014 (8)

(update of FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifiers in progress, last update: 18 May 2014)

Current format[edit]

Currently, 32 places are available in the final tournament. One of them is reserved for the host nation, but if two or more nations host the competition jointly, each is awarded a place. From 1934 to 2002, one berth was reserved for the winners of the previous World Cup. In November 2001, FIFA announced that the defending champion would no longer get automatic entry to the subsequent tournament, starting with the 2006 finals. This decision was made to address the issue of the returning champions being at a disadvantage to their fellow competitors due to having not played a competitive match in the previous two years.[3] The problem was amply demonstrated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as returning champions France tumbled out in the first round, finishing bottom of their group without scoring a single goal. 2002 winner Brazil qualified for 2006 at the top of their qualifiers group. However, Italy, defending champions from 2006, finished bottom of their group in 2010, despite playing in the qualifying matches. At Brazil 2014, 2010 champions Spain finished third in their group and failed to advance to the Round of 16, despite having qualified first of their group.

FIFA decides beforehand the number of spots awarded to each of the continental zones. For the 2014 World Cup, the following numbers are being used:[4]

  • UEFA (Europe) – 13 berths
  • CAF (Africa) – 5 berths
  • AFC (Asia) – 4 berths
  • CONMEBOL (South America) – 4 berths, plus the host Brazil
  • CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean) – 3 berths
  • 2 berths for the winners of play-offs between the best team from the OFC (Oceania), as well as additional teams from the AFC, CONMEBOL and CONCACAF. The pairings for these play-offs will be determined by an open draw.

The number of berths allocated per continent is widely debated, with the main point of contention being the extent to which berths should be allocated to regions based on sheer population vs. talent. A historically weaker continent, Africa has called for more places, as they are allocated only 5 in comparison to Europe's 13.[5]

These numbers vary slightly between tournaments (see above).

Qualification in all zones ends at approximately the same time, in September–November of the year preceding the finals.

The formats of the qualification tournaments differ between confederations and over time. The systems being used in 2014 are outlined below.

Africa[edit]

The CAF qualification process began with a preliminary round (to narrow the field of 52 entrants to 40 teams) in November 2011. Mauritania was the only team not to enter the qualifying draw.

The group stage consisted of 10 groups of 4, with the group winners advancing. The final stage will pair the 10 remaining teams in 5 knock-out ties, with the winners advancing to the World Cup finals.

Asia[edit]

Bhutan and Guam did not enter the AFC qualification process, while Brunei were suspended and therefore ineligible.

Qualifying has only been altered slightly from the 2010 method, with changes to the structure of the preliminary rounds – which were held before the main draw. As with the 2010 qualifying, two knock-out preliminary rounds reduced the 43 entrants to 20, followed by a first group stage with the top two sides from 5 groups of 4 advancing to a final group stage. The winners and runners-up of the two final groups of 5 advanced to the World Cup finals with the two third-placed sides, Jordan and Uzbekistan, playing off for the right to play in an inter-confederation play-off for a final World Cup spot.

Europe[edit]

The European qualification is unchanged from the 2010 system. The 53 national teams were divided into nine groups, with the group winners qualifying directly to the finals, and the best eight runners-up playing home-and-away ties for the remaining four places.[6]

North and Central America and Caribbean[edit]

The CONCACAF qualification process has changed significantly from the 2010 qualification cycle. A single preliminary round involved the 10 lowest ranked teams, reducing the 35 entrants to 30. The six highest ranked sides received byes in the first group stage, while the remaining 24 teams played in six groups of four, with the winners advancing to a second group stage. As in 2006 and 2010, the remaining 12 teams are playing in 3 semifinal groups of 4 teams with the top two in each group advancing to a final 6-team group.

The final round – often referred to as "the hexagonal" because of the number of teams involved – will see the top three teams advance to the World Cup finals, while the fourth placed side will enter an inter-confederation play-off for a final World Cup spot.

Oceania[edit]

Qualification in Oceania was held as part of two further competitions. The first stage took place at the 2011 Pacific Games, with the top 3 eligible teams advancing to a final round group stage with New Zealand. The winner of the final group stage (which also acted as the 2012 OFC Nations Cup) will enter an inter-confederation play-off for a World Cup spot.

South America[edit]

As in recent qualification series CONMEBOL qualification consists of a single group of all entrants not automatically qualified for the finals. Brazil, as hosts of the 2014 finals, qualified automatically and are not competing in qualifying.

The top 4 teams from the 9 teams group will advance to the World Cup finals, while the fifth placed team will enter an inter-confederation play-off for a World Cup spot.

Intercontinental play-offs[edit]

Unlike previous tournaments, the pairings for the two play-offs were determined by an open draw on 30 July 2011, a day prior to the main draw. Intercontinental play-offs are played as home-and-away ties.

Qualification tournament rules[edit]

Qualification tournaments generally consist of a number of stages, made up of groups or knock-out ties.

Groups[edit]

In all group tournaments, three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. FIFA has set the order of the tie-breakers for teams that finish level on points:

  1. goal difference in all group matches
  2. greater number of goals scored in all group matches

Where teams are still not able to be separated, the following tie-breakers are used:

  1. greater number of points obtained in matches between the tied teams
  2. goal difference in matches between the tied teams
  3. greater number of goals scored in matches between the tied teams

Where teams are still equal, then a play-off on neutral ground, with extra time and penalties if necessary will be played if FIFA deems such a play-off able to be fitted within the coordinated international match calendar. If this is not deemed feasible, then the result will be determined by the drawing of lot.

Note that this order of tie-breaker application has not always been applied. While it was used in the 2010 qualifiers, the qualification for the 2006 World Cup used the head-to-head comparison prior to goal difference (although this system was – where applicable – used in the 2006 finals themselves). If these rules had applied in 2006, then Nigeria would have qualified rather than Angola.

Home-and-away ties[edit]

Most knock-out qualifiers (such as the inter-confederation play-offs, the second round of UEFA qualifying and many preliminary ties) are played over two legs. The team that scores a greater aggregate number of goals qualifies. Away goals rule applies. If these rules fail to determine the winner, extra time and penalty shootouts are used.

Occasionally – usually when one entrant lacks adequate facilities to host international matches – ties are played over a single leg, in which case matches level after 90 minutes will go to extra time and then to a penalty shootout if required.

Alternatively, "home" matches can be played in neutral countries, or occasionally one team will host both matches. In the latter case the visiting team will still be considered as the "home" team for one of the legs – which may determine which side advances under the away goals rule, as occurred in CONCACAF qualification in 2010.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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