1994 FIFA World Cup qualification

1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Teams 147 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 497
Goals scored 1446 (2.91 per match)

A total of 147 teams entered the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for 22 of the total 24 spots in the final tournament. The United States, as the hosts, and Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically. The draw was made in New York on 8 December 1991.

For the first time, 3 teams would qualify from the African zone, due to the performance of African teams in the previous tournament. The 24 spots available in the 1994 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 130 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 497 qualifying matches were played, and 1446 goals were scored (an average of 2.91 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 – Italy and Switzerland qualified.
Group 2 – Norway and Netherlands qualified.
Group 3 – Spain and Republic of Ireland qualified.
Group 4 – Romania and Belgium qualified.
Group 5 – Greece and Russia qualified.
Group 6 – Sweden and Bulgaria qualified.
Group A – Colombia qualified. Argentina advanced to the CONMEBOL–CONCACAF/OFC intercontinental play-off.
Group B – Brazil and Bolivia qualified.
Mexico qualified. Canada advanced to the CONCACAF–OFC intercontinental play-off.
Group 1 – Nigeria qualified.
Group 2 – Morocco qualified.
Group 3 – Cameroon qualified.
Saudi Arabia and South Korea qualified.
Australia advanced to the CONCACAF–OFC intercontinental play-off.

Intercontinental play-offs

For the first time, there would be two rounds of play in the intercontinental play-offs. The teams from CONCACAF and OFC would first play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would then play against the team from CONMEBOL on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

CONCACAF–OFC intercontinental play-off

The aggregate score was tied at 3–3, however, Australia advanced 4–1 on penalties to the CONMEBOL–CONCACAF/OFC intercontinental play-off.

CONMEBOL–OFC intercontinental play-off

Argentina qualified by the aggregate score of 2–1.

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 1994 FIFA World Cup:

Team Finals appearance Streak Last appearance
 Argentina 11th61990
 Belgium 9th41990
 Bolivia 3rd11950
 Brazil 15th151990
 Bulgaria 6th11986
 Cameroon 3rd21990
 Colombia 3rd21990
 Germany (c) 13th(1)11(1)1990(1)
 Greece 1st1
 Italy 13th91990
 South Korea 4th31990
 Mexico 10th11986
 Morocco 3rd11986
 Netherlands 6th21990
 Nigeria 1st1
 Norway 2nd11938
 Republic of Ireland 2nd21990
 Romania 6th21990
 Russia 8th(2)4(2)1990(2)
 Saudi Arabia 1st1
 Spain 9th51990
 Sweden 9th21990
  Switzerland 7th11966
 United States (h) 5th21990

(h) – qualified automatically as hosts

(c) – qualified automatically as defending champions

1Includes 10 appearances by DFB representing West Germany between 1954 and 1990. Excludes 1 appearance by DVF representing East Germany between 1954 and 1990
2Includes appearances by USSR.


"Welcome to Bologna on Capital Gold for England versus San Marino with Tennent's Pilsner, brewed with Czechoslovakian yeast for that extra Pilsner taste... and England are one down."[2]


  1. Other sources attribute this goal as a goal scored by Batistuta of Argentina.
  2. "FIFA Fact Sheet: History of the FIFA World Cup (TM) Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA. 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09.

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