1970 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams75 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played172
Goals scored542 (3.15 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Tostão (10 goals)
1966
1974

A total of 75 teams entered the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Hosts Mexico and defending champions England qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

For the first time, the winners of both the African zone and the Asian and Oceanian zone were guaranteed a direct place in the final tournament. The 16 spots available in the 1970 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 68 teams played in at least one qualifying match. A total of 172 qualifying matches were played, and 542 goals were scored (an average of 3.15 per match).

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

Key:

Qualified teams

FIFA World Cup qualification 1970
FIFA World Cup qualification 1970
Team Method of

qualification

Date of

qualification

Finals

appearance

Streak Previous best performance
 Mexico Hosts 008 October 1964 7th 6 Group Stage (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966)
 England Defending Champions 0130 July 1966 6th 6 Winners (1966)
 Belgium UEFA Group 6 Winners 0230 April 1969 5th 1 (Last: 1954) Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL Group 3 Winners 0310 August 1969 6th 3 Winners (1930, 1950)
 Brazil CONMEBOL Group 2 Winners 0424 August 1969 9th 9 Winners (1958, 1962)
 Peru CONMEBOL Group 1 Winners 0531 August 1969 2nd 1 (Last: 1930) Group Stage (1930)
 El Salvador CONCACAF Winners 068 October 1969 1st 1
 Sweden UEFA Group 5 Winners 0715 October 1969 5th 1 (Last: 1958) Runners-Up (1958)
 West Germany UEFA Group 7 Winners 0822 October 1969 7th 5 Winners (1954)
 Morocco CAF Winners 0926 October 1969 1st 1
 Soviet Union UEFA Group 4 Winners 104 November 1969 4th 4 Fourth Place (1966)
 Romania UEFA Group 1 Winners 1116 November 1969 4th 1 (Last: 1938) Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938)
 Italy UEFA Group 3 Winners 1222 November 1969 7th 3 Winners (1934, 1938)
 Czechoslovakia UEFA Group 2 Winners 133 December 1969 6th 1 (Last: 1962) Runners-Up (1934, 1962)
 Bulgaria UEFA Group 8 Winners 147 December 1969 3rd 3 Group Stage (1962, 1966)
 Israel AFC/OFC Winners 1514 December 1969 1st 1

Confederation qualification

AFC and OFC

Main article: 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)

North Korea withdrew because they refused to play with Israel. There would be three rounds of play:

First round

Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Australia 4 6
2  South Korea 4 4
3  Japan 4 2
Source:[citation needed]

Second round

Group 1 Group 2
Pos Team Pld Pts
1=  Australia 2 2
1=  Rhodesia 2 2
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Israel 2 4
2  New Zealand 2 0
 North Korea (W) 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(W) Withdrew

Final round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Israel 3 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
2  Australia 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1

CAF

Main article: 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

FIFA rejected the entries of Guinea and Zaire. There would be three rounds of play:

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Zambia  6–6  Sudan 4–2 2–4 (aet)  
Morocco  4–2  Senegal 1–0 1–2 2–0
Algeria  1–2  Tunisia 1–2 0–0  
Nigeria  4–3  Cameroon 1–1 3–2  
Libya  3–5  Ethiopia 2–0 1–5  
Ghana  Bye    

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Tunisia  2–2  Morocco 0–0 0–0 (aet) 2–2 (aet)
Ethiopia  2–4  Sudan 1–1 1–3  
Nigeria  3–2  Ghana 2–1 1–1  

Final round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Morocco 5 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
2  Nigeria 4 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1
3  Sudan 3 4 0 3 1 5 8 −3

Morocco qualified.

CONCACAF

Main article: 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

FIFA rejected the entry of Cuba. There would be three rounds of play:

First round

Group 1
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  United States 6 4 3 0 1 11 6 +5
2  Canada 5 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5
3  Bermuda 1 4 0 1 3 2 12 −10
Group 2
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Haiti 5 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4
2  Guatemala 4 4 1 2 1 5 3 +2
3  Trinidad and Tobago 3 4 1 1 2 4 10 −6
Group 3
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Honduras 7 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5
2  Costa Rica 5 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4
3  Jamaica 0 4 0 0 4 2 11 −9
Group 4
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  El Salvador 6 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
2  Suriname 4 4 2 0 2 10 9 +1
3  Netherlands Antilles 2 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6

Second round

Group 1
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Haiti 4 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
2  United States 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3
Group 2
Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  El Salvador 2 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
1=  Honduras 2 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2

Third round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Haiti 2 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
1=  El Salvador 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2

CONMEBOL

Main article: 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

The 10 teams were divided into 3 groups; two groups with 3 teams and one group with 4 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Peru 5 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
2  Bolivia 4 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1
3  Argentina 3 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Brazil 12 6 6 0 0 23 2 +21
2  Paraguay 8 6 4 0 2 6 5 +1
3  Colombia 3 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5
4  Venezuela 1 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17

Group 3

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Uruguay 7 4 3 1 0 5 0 +5
2  Chile 4 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1
3  Ecuador 1 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6

UEFA

Main article: 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

(30 teams competing for 8 berths)

FIFA rejected the entry of Albania. The remaining 29 teams were divided into 8 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (three groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1
Team Pld Pts
 Romania 6 8
 Greece 6 7
  Switzerland 6 5
 Portugal 6 4
Group 2
Team Pld Pts
 Czechoslovakia 6 9
 Hungary 6 9
 Denmark 6 5
 Republic of Ireland 6 1
Group 3
Team Pld Pts
 Italy 4 7
 East Germany 4 5
 Wales 4 0
Group 4
Team Pld Pts
 Soviet Union 4 7
 Northern Ireland 4 5
 Turkey 4 0
Group 5
Team Pld Pts
 Sweden 4 6
 France 4 4
 Norway 4 2
Group 6
Team Pld Pts
 Belgium 6 9
 Yugoslavia 6 7
 Spain 6 6
 Finland 6 2
Group 7
Team Pld Pts
 West Germany 6 11
 Scotland 6 7
 Austria 6 6
 Cyprus 6 0
Group 8
Team Pld Pts
 Bulgaria 6 9
 Poland 6 8
 Netherlands 6 7
 Luxembourg 6 0

Goalscorers

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

Notes

References