1978 FIFA World Cup qualification

1978 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 107 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 252
Goals scored 723 (2.87 per match)

A total of 107 teams entered the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, which began with the preliminary qualification draw on 20 November 1975 at Guatemala City, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Argentina, as the hosts, and West Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

The 16 spots available in the 1978 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 95 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 252 qualifying matches were played, and 723 goals were scored (an average of 2.87 per match).

Continental Zones

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

Group 1 - Poland qualified.
Group 2 - Italy qualified.
Group 3 - Austria qualified.
Group 4 - Netherlands qualified.
Group 5 - France qualified.
Group 6 - Sweden qualified.
Group 7 - Scotland qualified.
Group 8 - Spain qualified.
Group 9 - Hungary advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.
Brazil and Peru qualified.
Bolivia advanced to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.
Mexico qualified.
Tunisia qualified.
Iran qualified.

Intercontinental Play-Off

The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

Hungary 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 1978 FIFA World Cup:

Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
 Argentina (h) 7th21974
 Austria 4th11958
 Brazil 11th111974
 France 7th11966
 Hungary 7th11966
 Iran 1st1
 Italy 9th51974
 Mexico 8th11970
 Netherlands 4th21974
 Peru 3rd11970
 Poland 3rd21974
 Scotland 4th21974
 Spain 5th11966
 Sweden 7th31974
 Tunisia 1st1
 West Germany (c) 9th71974

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions


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