1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Teams 121 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 308
Goals scored 801 (2.6 per match)

A total of 121 teams entered the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 24 spots in the final tournament. Mexico, as the hosts, and Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition. The draw took place on 7 December 1983 at Zürich, Switzerland.

The 24 spots available in the 1986 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 110 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 308 qualifying matches were played, and 801 goals were scored (an average of 2.60 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. Belgium advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 2 – West Germany and Portugal qualified.
Group 3 – England and Northern Ireland qualified.
Group 4 – France and Bulgaria qualified.
Group 5 – Hungary qualified. Netherlands advanced to the UEFA play-offs.
Group 6 – Denmark and USSR qualified.
Group 7 – Spain qualified. Scotland advanced to the UEFA–OFC intercontinental play-off.
Play-offs – Belgium qualified over Netherlands.
Group 1 – Argentina qualified. Peru and Colombia advanced to the CONMEBOL play-offs.
Group 2 – Uruguay qualified. Chile advanced to the CONMEBOL play-offs.
Group 3 – Brazil qualified. Paraguay advanced to the CONMEBOL play-offs.
Play-offs – Paraguay qualified over Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Canada qualified.
Algeria and Morocco qualified.
Iraq and Korea Republic qualified.
Australia advanced to the UEFA–OFC intercontinental play-off

Intercontinental play-offs

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

UEFA–OFC intercontinental play-off

Scotland 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 24 teams qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup:

Team Finals appearance Streak Last appearance
 Algeria 2nd21982
 Argentina 9th41982
 Belgium 7th21982
 Brazil 13th131982
 Bulgaria 5th11974
 Canada 1st1
 Denmark 1st1
 England 8th21982
 France 9th31982
 Hungary 9th31982
 Iraq 1st1
 Italy (c) 11th71982
 South Korea 2nd11954
 Mexico (h) 9th11978
 Morocco 2nd11970
 Northern Ireland 3rd21982
 Paraguay 4th11958
 Poland 5th41982
 Portugal 2nd11966
 Scotland 6th41982
 Spain 7th31982
 Uruguay 8th11974
 Soviet Union 6th21982
 West Germany 11th91982

(h) – qualified automatically as hosts

(c) – qualified automatically as defending champions


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