1966 FIFA World Cup qualification

1966 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 74 (from 5 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 127
Goals scored 393 (3.09 per match)

A total of 74 teams entered the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. England, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

The 16 spots available in the 1966 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 51 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 127 qualifying matches were played, and 393 goals were scored (an average of 3.09 per match).

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

Continental Zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 - Bulgaria qualified.
Group 2 - West Germany qualified.
Group 3 - France qualified.
Group 4 - Portugal qualified.
Group 5 - Switzerland qualified.
Group 6 - Hungary qualified.
Group 7 - Soviet Union qualified.
Group 8 - Italy qualified.
Group 9 - Spain qualified.
Group 1 - Uruguay qualified.
Group 2 - Chile qualified.
Group 3 - Argentina qualified.
Mexico qualified.
North Korea qualified.

Qualified teams

Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 16 teams qualified for the 1966 FIFA World Cup:

Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
 Argentina 5th31962
 Brazil (c) 8th81962
 Bulgaria 2nd21962
 Chile 4th21962
 England (h) 5th51962
 France 6th11958
 Hungary 6th41962
 Italy 6th21962
 North Korea 1st1
 Mexico 6th51962
 Portugal 1st1
 Spain 4th21962
  Switzerland 6th21962
 Uruguay 5th21962
 Soviet Union 3rd31962
 West Germany 6th41962

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions



  1. 1 2 "England 1966". FIFA. Archived from the original on 24 February 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2014.

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