2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)
Tournament details
Dates10–25 November 2001
Teams4 (from 4 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored7 (1.75 per match)
Attendance283,194 (70,799 per match)
Top scorer(s)Uruguay Richard Morales
(2 goals)
1998
2006

For the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, there were two inter-confederation play-offs to determine the final two qualification spots to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. They were won by Ireland and Uruguay. The matches were played between 10 and 25 November 2001.[1] As of 2022, this remains the last time a European team earned a World Cup spot through an intercontinental play-off. From 2006 onwards, the remaining European qualifiers would be determined by continental play-offs.

Format

The four teams from the four confederations (AFC, CONMEBOL, OFC, and UEFA) were drawn into two ties.

The ties themselves were not drawn, but were allocated by FIFA as:

The draw for the order in which the two matches were played was held on 31 August 2001 during the FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland.[2]

In each tie, the two teams played a two-legged home-and-away series. The two winners, decided on aggregate score, qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

Qualified teams

Confederation Placement Team
AFC Third round (play-off) winner  Iran
CONMEBOL Round-robin 5th place  Uruguay
OFC Final round winner  Australia
UEFA First round randomly drawn runner-up  Republic of Ireland

Matches

The first legs were played on 10 and 20 November 2001, and the second legs were played on 15 and 25 November 2001.

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
Republic of Ireland 2–0 Iran
Harte 44' (pen.)
Keane 50'
(Report)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 36,538
Referee: Antônio Pereira (Brazil)
Iran 1–0 Republic of Ireland
Golmohammadi 90' (Report)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: William Mattus (Costa Rica)

Republic of Ireland won 2–1 on aggregate and qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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
Australia 1–0 Uruguay
Muscat 78' (pen.) (Report)
MCG, Melbourne
Attendance: 84,656
Referee: Graziano Cesari (Italy)
Uruguay 3–0 Australia
Silva 14'
Morales 70', 90'
(Report)

Uruguay won 3–1 on aggregate and qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Goalscorers

There were 7 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 1.75 goals per match.

2 goals
1 goal

References

  1. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan - Qualifiers". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Fifa announces play-off draw". BBC. 31 August 2001. Retrieved 14 November 2017.