2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates4 March 2000 – 25 November 2001
Teams199 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played777
Goals scored2,452 (3.16 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Archie Thompson
(16 goals)
1998
2006

The 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification competition was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), OFC (Oceania), and UEFA (Europe) — was allocated a certain number of the 32 places at the tournament. 199 teams entered the tournament qualification rounds, competing for 32 spots in the final tournament. South Korea and Japan, as the co-hosts, and France, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 29 spots open for competition.

Qualified teams

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Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event[1]
 Japan Host 31 May 1996 2nd 1998 2 Group Stage (1998) 32
 South Korea Host 31 May 1996 6th 1998 5 Group Stage (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) 40
 France Defending Champions 12 July 1998 11th 1998 2 Winners (1998) 1
 Cameroon CAF Final Round Group A Winners 1 July 2001 5th 1998 4 Quarter Finals (1990) 17
 South Africa CAF Final Round Group E Winners 1 July 2001 2nd 1998 2 Group Stage (1998) 37
 Tunisia CAF Final Round Group D Winners 15 July 2001 3rd 1998 2 Group Stage (1978, 1998) 31
 Senegal CAF Final Round Group C Winners 21 July 2001 1st 1 42
 Nigeria CAF Final Round Group B Winners 29 July 2001 3rd 1998 3 Round of 16 (1994, 1998) 27
 Argentina CONMEBOL Winners 15 August 2001 13th 1998 8 Winners (1978, 1986) 3
 Poland UEFA Group 5 Winners 1 September 2001 6th 1986 1 Third Place (1974, 1982) 38
 Sweden UEFA Group 4 Winners 5 September 2001 10th 1994 1 Runners-Up (1958) 19
 Spain UEFA Group 7 Winners 5 September 2001 11th 1998 7 Fourth Place (1950) 8
 Costa Rica CONCACAF Final Round Winners 5 September 2001 2nd 1990 1 Round of 16 (1990) 29
 Russia UEFA Group 1 Winners 6 October 2001 9th [nb 1] 1994 1 Fourth Place (1966) 28
 Portugal UEFA Group 2 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1986 1 Third Place (1966) 5
 Denmark UEFA Group 3 Winners 6 October 2001 3rd 1998 2 Quarter Finals (1998) 20
 Croatia UEFA Group 6 Winners 6 October 2001 2nd 1998 2 Third Place (1998) 21
 Italy UEFA Group 8 Winners 6 October 2001 15th 1998 11 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982) 6
 England UEFA Group 9 Winners 6 October 2001 11th 1998 2 Winners (1966) 12
 China PR AFC Second Round Group B Winners 7 October 2001 1st 1 50
 United States CONCACAF Final Round Runners-Up 7 October 2001 7th 1998 4 Third Place (1930) 13
 Saudi Arabia AFC Second Round Group A Winners 21 October 2001 3rd 1998 3 Round of 16 (1994) 34
 Ecuador CONMEBOL Runners-Up 7 November 2001 1st 1 36
 Paraguay CONMEBOL 4th Place 8 November 2001 6th 1998 2 Round of 16 (1986, 1998) 18
 Mexico CONCACAF Final Round 3rd Place 11 November 2001 12th 1998 3 Quarter Finals (1970, 1986) 7
 Belgium UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 11th 1998 6 Fourth Place (1986) 23
 Germany UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 15th 1998 12 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) 11
 Slovenia UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 1st 1 25
 Turkey UEFA play-off Winners 14 November 2001 2nd 1954 1 Group Stage (1954) 22
 Brazil CONMEBOL 3rd Place 14 November 2001 17th 1998 17 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994) 2
 Republic of Ireland UEFA-AFC play-off Winners 15 November 2001 3rd 1994 1 Quarter Finals (1990) 15
 Uruguay CONMEBOL v OFC play-off Winners 25 November 2001 10th 1990 1 Winners (1930, 1950) 24
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.

Qualification process

The 32 spots available in the 2002 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 193 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 777 qualifying matches were played, and 2452 goals were scored (an average of 3.17 per match).

Confederation qualification

AFC

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

The Asian Football Confederation was allocated four and half qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, South Korea and Japan, the co-hosts, qualified automatically, leaving two and half spots open for competition between 40 teams. Myanmar withdrew from the tournament after being placed in Group 2 but before any matches had been played, therefore reducing the group to 3 teams.

Afghanistan, Bhutan and North Korea chose not to participate.

Asia's two remaining automatic qualifying berths were taken by Saudi Arabia and China. Iran that defeating United Arab Emirates to become possible fifth Asian qualifier, fails after losing their AFC/UEFA playoff against Republic of Ireland.

There were three rounds of play:

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-off for 3rd place

Final positions (Second Round)

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round

Group A Group B
Team Pld Pts
 Saudi Arabia 8 17
 Iran 8 15
 Bahrain 8 10
 Iraq 8 7
 Thailand 8 4
Team Pld Pts
 China PR 8 19
 United Arab Emirates 8 11
 Uzbekistan 8 10
 Qatar 8 9
 Oman 8 6

AFC Play-off

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) § Play-off

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iran  4–0  United Arab Emirates 1–0 3–0

CAF

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

The Confederation of African Football was allocated five qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 51 teams entered the qualification process.

Burundi withdrew before the draw was made. while Niger and Comoros chose not to participate.

Guinea was excluded from the competition during the Final Round for government interference with its national association, resulting in their results obtained in final round annulled.

Africa's five automatic qualifying berths were taken by Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, and Nigeria.

There were two rounds of play:

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions (Final Round)

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Final Round

Group A Group B Group C
Team Pld Pts
 Cameroon 8 19
 Angola 8 13
 Zambia 8 11
 Togo 8 9
 Libya 8 2
Team Pld Pts
 Nigeria 8 16
 Liberia 8 15
 Sudan 8 12
 Ghana 8 11
 Sierra Leone 8 4
Team Pld Pts
 Senegal 8 15
 Morocco 8 15
 Egypt 8 13
 Algeria 8 8
 Namibia 8 2
Group D Group E
Team Pld Pts
 Tunisia 8 20
 Ivory Coast 8 15
 DR Congo 8 10
 Madagascar 8 6
 Congo 8 5
Team Pld Pts
 South Africa 6 16
 Zimbabwe 6 12
 Burkina Faso 6 5
 Malawi 6 1
 Guinea 0 0

CONCACAF

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

A total of 35 CONCACAF teams entered the competition. Mexico, USA, Jamaica and Costa Rica, the four highest-ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the semi-finals, while Canada advanced to the play-offs . The remaining teams were divided into zones, based on geographical locations, as follows:

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions (Final Round)

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF final round

Team Pld Pts
 Costa Rica 10 23
 Mexico 10 17
 United States 10 17
 Honduras 10 14
 Jamaica 10 8
 Trinidad and Tobago 10 5

CONMEBOL

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

A total of 10 CONMEBOL teams entered the competition. competing for four and half places in the final tournament.

The 10 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The top 4 teams qualified. The 5th-placed team advanced to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup

Final positions

Team Pld Pts
 Argentina 18 43
 Ecuador 18 31
 Brazil 18 30
 Paraguay 18 30
 Uruguay 18 27
 Colombia 18 27
 Bolivia 18 18
 Peru 18 16
 Venezuela 18 16
 Chile 18 12

OFC

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

A total of 10 teams entered the competition. competing for a half places in the final tournament.

There would be two rounds of play:

Australia's 31–0 win over American Samoa established a World Cup record for the highest margin of victory in a qualifying match.

Final positions (Final Round)

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC Second Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New Zealand  1–6  Australia 0–2 1–4

UEFA

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The European section acted as qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, for national teams which are members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Apart from France, who qualified automatically as holders, a total of thirteen and half slots in the final tournament were available for UEFA teams.

The 50 teams were divided into nine groups, five groups of six teams and four groups of five teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. Among the runners-up, the runner-up of Group 2 was drawn randomly to advance to the UEFA–AFC Intercontinental play-off. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA play-offs.

In the play-offs, the eight teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The four aggregate winners qualified. The qualifying process started on 2 September 2000, after UEFA Euro 2000, and ended on 14 November 2001.

The Netherlands and Romania both failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1986, the former finishing third in Group 2 behind Portugal and Republic of Ireland and the latter suffering a shock loss to Slovenia in the play-offs.


Legend
Countries that qualified for the 2002 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-offs

Final positions (First Round)

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) § First round

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Team Pld Pts
 Russia 10 23
 Slovenia 10 20
 FR Yugoslavia 10 19
  Switzerland 10 14
 Faroe Islands 10 7
 Luxembourg 10 0
Team Pld Pts
 Portugal 10 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 24
 Netherlands 10 20
 Cyprus 10 8
 Estonia 10 8
 Andorra 10 0
Team Pld Pts
 Denmark 10 22
 Czech Republic 10 20
 Bulgaria 10 17
 Iceland 10 13
 Northern Ireland 10 11
 Malta 10 1
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Team Pld Pts
 Sweden 10 26
 Turkey 10 21
 Slovakia 10 17
 Moldova 10 7
 Macedonia 10 6
 Azerbaijan 10 5
Team Pld Pts
 Poland 10 21
 Ukraine 10 17
 Belarus 10 15
 Norway 10 10
 Wales 10 9
 Armenia 10 5
Team Pld Pts
 Croatia 8 18
 Belgium 8 17
 Scotland 8 15
 Latvia 8 4
 San Marino 8 1
Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
Team Pld Pts
 Spain 8 20
 Austria 8 15
 Israel 8 12
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 8
 Liechtenstein 8 0
Team Pld Pts
 Italy 8 20
 Romania 8 16
 Georgia 8 10
 Hungary 8 8
 Lithuania 8 2
Team Pld Pts
 England 8 17
 Germany 8 17
 Finland 8 12
 Greece 8 7
 Albania 8 3

Play-offs

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) § Play-offs

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Belgium  2–0  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0
Ukraine  2–5  Germany 1–1 1–4
Slovenia  3–2  Romania 2–1 1–1
Austria  0–6  Turkey 0–1 0–5

Inter-confederation play-offs

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

There were two scheduled inter-confederation playoffs to determine the final two qualification spots to the finals. The first legs were played on 10 and 20 November 2001, and the second legs were played on 15 and 25 November 2001.[2]

UEFA v AFC

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA–AFC play-off)

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Republic of Ireland  2–1  Iran 2–0 0–1

OFC v CONMEBOL

Main article: 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC–CONMEBOL play-off)

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Australia  1–3  Uruguay 1–0 0–3

Top goalscorers

16 goals
15 goals
14 goals
11 goals
10 goals

Trivia

Notes

  1. ^ This is the 2nd appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.

References

  1. ^ "FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking (15 May 2002)". FIFA.com. FIFA. 15 May 2002. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. ^ "International match Calendar 2013–2018" (PDF). FIFA. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 7, 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.