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1966 FIFA World Cup qualificationDescription : 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 (a... Page:1904

1966 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams74 (from 5 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played127
Goals scored393 (3.09 per match)
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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:

  • Europe (UEFA): 10 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier England, while the other 9 places were contested by 32 teams (including Israel and Syria).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Brazil, while the other 3 places were contested by 9 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 1 place, contested by 10 teams.
  • Africa and Asia (CAF/AFC): 1 place, contested by 18 teams (including Australia from Oceania).

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:

  • Europe (UEFA)
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.
  • South America (CONMEBOL)
Group 1 - Uruguay qualified.
Group 2 - Chile qualified.
Group 3 - Argentina qualified.
  • North America (CONCACAF)
Mexico qualified.
  • Africa (AFC), Asia (AFC) and Oceania (OFC)
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:

TeamFinals AppearanceStreakLast Appearance
 Argentina5th31962
 Brazil (c)8th81962
 Bulgaria2nd21962
 Chile4th21962
 England (h)5th51962
 France6th11958
 Hungary6th41962
 Italy6th21962
 North Korea1st1
 Mexico6th51962
 Portugal1st1
 Spain4th21962
  Switzerland6th21962
 Uruguay5th21962
 Soviet Union3rd31962
 West Germany6th41962

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

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