1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates21 August 1960 – 16 December 1961
Teams56 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played92
Goals scored325 (3.53 per match)
Top scorer(s)Czechoslovakia Andrej Kvašňák
(7 goals)
1958
1966

A total of 56 teams entered the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Chile, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

As with previous World Cups, the rules of the qualification rounds varied by confederation.[1] The winners of the four weakest continental zones: North America (NAFC), Central America and Caribbean (CCCF), Africa (CAF) and Asia (AFC), were not guaranteed direct spots in the final tournament. Instead, they entered a play-off against a team from either Europe (UEFA) or South America (CONMEBOL), with the winners of the three play-offs qualifying.

Format

The 16 spots available in the 1962 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 49 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 92 qualifying matches were played, and 325 goals were scored (an average of 3.53 per match).

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

Confederation qualification

AFC

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

There would be only one round of play. The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Pos Team Pld Pts
1  South Korea 2 4
2  Japan 2 0
3  Indonesia 0 0
Source: RSSSF[2]

CAF

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

There would be two rounds of play:

First round

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Sudan 0 0
2  United Arab Republic 0 0
Source: FIFA[3]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Morocco 2 2
2  Tunisia 2 2
Source: RSSSF[2]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Ghana 2 3
2  Nigeria 2 1
Source: RSSSF[2]

Second round

Second round
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Morocco 2 3
2  Ghana 2 1
Source: RSSSF[2]

CCCF and NAFC

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (CCCF and NAFC)

There would be two rounds of play:

First Round

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Mexico 2 3
2  United States 2 1
Source: FIFA[4]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Costa Rica 4 5
2  Honduras 4 5
3  Guatemala 4 2
Source: FIFA[4]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Netherlands Antilles 2 3
2  Suriname 2 1
Source: FIFA[4]

Second Round

Second round
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Mexico 4 5
2  Costa Rica 4 4
3  Netherlands Antilles 4 3
Source: FIFA[4]

CONMEBOL

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

Among the 7 teams, Paraguay were drawn to play in the CONMEBOL / CCCF / NAFC Intercontinental Play-off. The remaining 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Argentina 2 4
2  Ecuador 2 0
Source: FIFA[5]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Uruguay 2 4
2  Bolivia 2 0
Source: FIFA[6]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Colombia 2 3
2  Peru 2 1
Source: FIFA[7]

UEFA

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The 30 teams were divided into 10 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Sweden 4 6
2   Switzerland 4 6
3  Belgium 4 0
Source: FIFA[8]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  France 4 6
2  Bulgaria 4 6
3  Finland 4 0
Source: FIFA[9]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  West Germany 4 8
2  Northern Ireland 4 2
3  Greece 4 2
Source: FIFA[10]
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Hungary 4 7
2  Netherlands 3 2
3  East Germany 3 1
Source: FIFA[11]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Soviet Union 4 8
2  Turkey 4 4
3  Norway 4 0
Source: FIFA[12]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  England 4 7
2  Portugal 4 3
3  Luxembourg 4 2
Source: FIFA[13]
Group 8 Group 9 Group 10
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 4 6
2  Scotland 4 6
3  Republic of Ireland 4 0
Source: FIFA[14]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Spain 2 3
2  Wales 2 1
Source: FIFA[15]
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Yugoslavia 2 3
2  Poland 2 1
Source: FIFA[16]
Group 7
  First Round Second Round Final Round
                                   
 Italy  
bye  
   Italy w/o  
   Romania (withdrew)  
 Romania
bye  
   Italy 4 6 10
   Israel 2 0 2
 Ethiopia  
bye  
   Ethiopia 0 2 2
   Israel 1 3 4  
 Israel 1 6 7
 Cyprus 1 1 2  

Inter-confederation play-offs

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

In each play-off, the teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

CAF v UEFA

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF–UEFA play-off)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Morocco
1  Spain 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 4 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 3–2
2  Morocco 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0 0–1
Source: RSSSF[2]

UEFA v AFC

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA–AFC play-off)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia South Korea
1  Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 4 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 5–1
2  South Korea 2 0 0 2 2 8 −6 0 1–3
Source: RSSSF[2]

CCCF/NAFC v CONMEBOL

Main article: 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification (CCCF/NAFC–CONMEBOL play-off)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Mexico Paraguay
1  Mexico 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 1–0
2  Paraguay 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 0–0
Source: RSSSF[2]

Qualified teams

FIFA World Cup qualification 1962
FIFA World Cup qualification 1962
Qualifying countries
Qualifying countries
Team Date of qualification Finals appearance Streak Last appearance
 Argentina 17 December 1960 4th 2 1958
 Brazil (defending champions) 29 June 1958 7th 7 1958
 Bulgaria 16 December 1961 1st 1
 Chile (hosts) 11 June 1956 3rd 1 1950
 Colombia 7 May 1961 1st 1
 Czechoslovakia 29 November 1961 5th 3 1958
 England 25 October 1961 4th 4 1958
 Hungary 10 September 1961 5th 3 1958
 Italy 4 November 1961 5th 1 1954
 Mexico 5 November 1961 5th 4 1958
 Spain 23 November 1961 3rd 1 1950
  Switzerland 12 November 1961 5th 1 1954
 Uruguay 30 July 1961 4th 1 1954
 Soviet Union 12 November 1961 2nd 2 1958
 West Germany 22 October 1961 5th 3 1958
 Yugoslavia 26 November 1961 5th 4 1958

Goalscorers

7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Notes

References

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