FIFA World Cup qualification
Founded1933; 91 years ago (1933)
RegionInternational (FIFA)
Number of teams211 (currently eligible)
215 (overall)
WebsiteOfficial website
2026 FIFA World Cup qualification

The FIFA World Cup qualification is a set of competitive matches that a national association football team plays in order to qualify for one of the available berths at the final tournament of the men's FIFA World Cup.

Qualifying tournaments are held within the six FIFA continental zones, each organized by their respective confederations: AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), OFC (Oceania), and UEFA (Europe). For each World Cup, FIFA decides the number of places in the finals allocated to each of the zones, based on the numbers and relative strengths of the confederations' teams.

As a courtesy, the host receives an automatic berth selection, as has happened with the immediate past tournament winner during much of the competition's history. All other finalists are determined on a standalone qualifying round achievement without regard to previous achievements.

History

The berths for the inaugural 1930 tournament were filled by invitation only. The 1934 one was the first one to have an actual qualifying phase. The first ever World Cup qualifying match was played on 11 June 1933, when Sweden defeated Estonia 6–2 in Stockholm, and the first goal was scored 7 minutes into the game, with some sources[1] attributing it to Swedish captain Knut Kroon while others[which?] credit it as an own goal by the Estonian goalkeeper Evald Tipner.

The number of teams entering qualification stages has increased steadily, and in response the final tournament has also been expanded (having 16 teams until 1978, then 24 between 1982 and 1994, then 32 between 1998 and 2022, and finally 48 from 2026 onwards). While the format of the qualifying tournaments has evolved, teams have always been grouped into zones which have remained relatively unchanged and roughly correspond to the continents. The teams from each zone compete for a fixed number of berths for the zone, with a limited number of places being awarded to winners of intercontinental play-offs.

Qualification berths by continent

The table below lists the numbers of berths allocated by FIFA for each continent in each tournament. It also shows the total number of teams that entered and played in every qualification cycle.

In the table, "H" denotes an automatic spot for the host, "C" denotes an automatic spot for the defending champion, and "inv" indicates the number of teams that were invited in 1930. Places in intercontinental play-offs are represented as fractions, as follows:

Places allocated for continents
Uruguay
1930
[a]
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
West Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
Europe 4 inv 12 11
+H+C
7
+C
11
+H
9[b]
+H+C
8+
2×0.5
9
+H
8
+C
8.5
+H
8.5
+C
13
+H
12.5
+C
13
+H
12
+C
Africa 1 0[c] 1[b] 0.5 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3
Asia 1 1 1 0.5 1 1 1 2 2 2 2
Oceania [d] 0[c] 0[c] 0[c] 0[c] 0.5 0.5 0.25
North and Central America
and Caribbean
2 inv 1 1 2 1 1 0.5 1 1
+H
1 1 2 1
+H
2 1.25
+H
South America H+
6 inv
2 1 4
+H
1
+C
3 3.5
+H+C
3
+C
3 2.5
+C
2.5
+H
3
+C
4 2.5
+C
3.5
Total berths 13 16 16 16 24
Teams in the finals 15[e] 13[f]
Entered qualification[g] 32 34 32 37 51 54 69 69 97 105 107 119 111 145
Played in qualification[h] 27 21 19 33 46 49 51 68 90 95 103 110 103 128
Qualified via qualification 14 10 9 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 22 22 22 22
Qualified without playing 13 2 6 7 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
France
1998
South Korea
Japan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Qatar
2022
Canada
Mexico
United States
2026
Morocco
Portugal
Spain
2030
Saudi Arabia
2034
Europe 14
+H
13.5
+C
13
+H
13 13 13
+H
13 16 2H
Africa 5 5 5 5
+H
5 5 5 9+13 H
Asia 3.5 2.5
+2H
4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
+H
8+13 H
Oceania 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1+13
North and Central America
and Caribbean
3 3 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3+
13
+3H
South America 4
+C
4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
+H
4.5 4.5 6+13 3H
Total berths 32 48
Teams in the finals
Entered qualification[g] 172 196 197 205[i] 203 210 211[j]
Played in qualification[h] 168 193 194 199[i] 202 208 204[j]
Qualified via qualification 30 29 31 31 31 31 31 45 42 47
Qualified without playing 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 3 6 1
Notes
  1. ^ Berths were given by invitation only.
  2. ^ a b Actually the berths were taken by 10 European teams and no African or Asian ones. After Israel won the African/Asian zone without playing due to withdrawals of other teams, a special play-off was arranged between them and a European team, Wales, and was won by the latter.
  3. ^ a b c d e None entered.
  4. ^ No teams from the region were members of FIFA before 1950.
  5. ^ Austria withdrew after having qualified.
  6. ^ India, Scotland and Turkey withdrew after having qualified. France initially accepted to participate as a replacement but then withdrew as well.
  7. ^ a b Includes all teams that entered qualification, even if they withdrew or were excluded afterwards, or qualified by walkover. Does not include pre-determined automatic qualifiers.
  8. ^ a b Only includes teams that played at least one qualifying match that was not annulled.
  9. ^ a b Including host South Africa and non-FIFA member Tuvalu, which participated because other tournaments also served as World Cup qualifiers.
  10. ^ a b Including host Qatar, which participated because another tournament also served as World Cup qualifiers.

First appearance in qualification by team

Only teams that played at least one match are considered for first appearance. Teams that withdrew before the qualification, or that qualified to the World Cup by walkover due to other teams' withdrawals, are not considered.

Year Debuting teams Successor and renamed teams
Europe South America North, Central America and Caribbean Asia Africa Oceania T CT
Italy
1934
 Austria
 Belgium[a]
 Bulgaria
 Czechoslovakia[A]
 Estonia
 France[a]
 Germany[B]
 Greece
 Hungary
 Irish Free State[C]
 Italy[N 1]
 Lithuania
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Portugal
 Romania[a]
 Spain
 Sweden
  Switzerland
 Yugoslavia[a][D]
none  Cuba
 Haiti
 Mexico[a]
 United States[a]
 Palestine, British Mandate[E]  Egypt[F] none 27 27
France
1938
 Finland
 Latvia
 Norway
none none none none none 3 30
Brazil
1950
 England
 Ireland[G]
 Scotland
 Turkey[b]
 Wales
none none  Syria none none 6 36  Ireland[C]
 Israel[E]
Switzerland
1954
 Saar  Brazil[c]
 Chile[d]
 Paraguay[e]
none  Japan[f]
 South Korea
none none 6 42  Northern Ireland[G]
 Republic of Ireland[C]
 West Germany[B]
Sweden
1958
 Denmark
 East Germany
 Iceland
 Soviet Union[H]
 Argentina[g]
 Bolivia[e]
 Colombia[f]
 Peru[h]
 Uruguay[i]
 Canada
 Costa Rica[f]
 Guatemala
 Territory of Curaçao[I]
 China
 Indonesia[j]
 Sudan none 16 58
Chile
1962
 Cyprus[k]  Ecuador[l]  Dutch Guiana[f][J]
 Honduras
none  Ethiopia
 Ghana
 Morocco
 Nigeria
 Tunisia
none 9 67  Netherlands Antilles[I]
England
1966
 Albania  Venezuela[k]  Jamaica
 Trinidad and Tobago
 North Korea none  Australia 6 73
Mexico
1970
none none  Bermuda
 El Salvador[f]
none  Algeria[m]
 Cameroon[m]
 Libya[m]
 Rhodesia[K]
 Senegal[m]
 Zambia
 New Zealand 9 82
West Germany
1974
 Malta none  Antigua and Barbuda
 Puerto Rico
 Hong Kong
 Iran
 Iraq
 Kuwait
 Malaysia
 South Vietnam[L]
 Thailand
 Congo
 Dahomey[M]
 Guinea[m]
 Ivory Coast
 Kenya
 Lesotho
 Mauritius
 Sierra Leone
 Tanzania
 Togo
 Zaire[N]
none 21 103
Argentina
1978
none none  Barbados
 Dominican Republic
 Guyana
 Panama
 Bahrain
 Qatar
 Republic of China[n][O]
 Saudi Arabia
 Singapore
 Malawi
 Mauritania
 Niger
 Uganda
 Upper Volta[P]
none 14 117  Suriname[J]
Spain
1982
none none  Grenada  Macau  Gambia
 Liberia[m]
 Madagascar[o]
 Mozambique
 Somalia
 Fiji 8 125  Chinese Taipei[O]
 Zimbabwe[K]
Mexico
1986
none none none  Bangladesh
 Brunei
 Jordan
 India[p]
   Nepal
 North Yemen[Q]
 South Yemen
 United Arab Emirates[q]
 Angola none 9 134  Benin[M]
Italy
1990
none none none  Oman[r]
 Pakistan
 Gabon[s] none 3 137  Burkina Faso[P]
United States
1994
 Faroe Islands
 San Marino
none  Nicaragua
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Lebanon[t]
 Sri Lanka[u]
 Botswana
 Burundi
 Namibia
 South Africa
 Swaziland[R]
 Solomon Islands
 Tahiti
 Vanuatu
15 152  Germany[B]
 Representation of Czechs and Slovaks[A]
 Russia[H]
 Vietnam[L]
 Yemen[Q]
France
1998
 Armenia
 Azerbaijan
 Belarus
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Croatia
 Georgia
 Liechtenstein[v]
 Macedonia[S]
 Moldova
 Slovakia
 Slovenia
 Ukraine
none  Aruba
 Belize
 Cayman Islands
 Dominica
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Cambodia
 Kazakhstan
 Kyrgyzstan
 Maldives[w]
 Philippines[x]
 Tajikistan
 Turkmenistan
 Uzbekistan
 Guinea-Bissau
 Rwanda[w]
 Cook Islands
 Papua New Guinea
 Tonga
 Western Samoa[v][T]
31 183  Czech Republic[A]
 DR Congo[N]
 FR Yugoslavia[D]
South KoreaJapan
2002
 Andorra none  Anguilla
 Bahamas[y]
 British Virgin Islands
 Montserrat
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 U.S. Virgin Islands
 Guam
 Laos
 Mongolia
 Palestine
 Cape Verde
 Central African Republic[z]
 Chad
 Djibouti
 Equatorial Guinea
 Eritrea
 Mali[aa]
 São Tomé and Príncipe[v]
 Seychelles
 American Samoa 21 204  Samoa[T]
Germany
2006
none none none  Afghanistan none  New Caledonia 2 206  Serbia and Montenegro[D]
South Africa
2010
 Montenegro none none  Myanmar[ab]
 East Timor
 Comoros  Tuvalu[N 2] 5 211  Serbia[D]
Brazil
2014
none none none none none none 0 211  Curaçao[I]
Russia
2018
 Gibraltar
 Kosovo
none none  Bhutan[ac]  South Sudan none 4 215
Qatar
2022
none none none none none none 0 215  Eswatini[R]
 North Macedonia[S]
CanadaMexicoUnited States
2026
none none none none none none 0 215
Teams' entries before their actual debuts in qualification
  1. ^ a b c d e f Participated in the 1930 World Cup by invitation.
  2. ^ Withdrew from the 1934 qualification before playing.
  3. ^ Participated in the 1930 World Cup by invitation. Qualified by walkover for the 1934 and 1938 finals. Qualified automatically for the 1950 World Cup as host.
  4. ^ Participated in the 1930 World Cup by invitation. Withdrew from the 1934 qualification before playing. Qualified by walkover for the 1950 finals.
  5. ^ a b Participated in the 1930 World Cup by invitation. Qualified by walkover for the 1950 finals.
  6. ^ a b c d e Withdrew from the 1938 qualification before playing.
  7. ^ Participated in the 1930 World Cup by invitation. Qualified by walkover for the 1934 finals. Withdrew from the 1938 and 1950 qualifications before playing.
  8. ^ Participated in the 1930 World Cup by invitation. Withdrew from the 1934, 1950, and 1954 qualifications before playing.
  9. ^ Participated in the 1930 World Cup as host. Qualified by walkover for the 1950 finals. Qualified automatically for the 1954 finals as defending champion.
  10. ^ Qualified by walkover for the 1938 finals (entered as the  Dutch East Indies). Withdrew from the 1950 qualification before playing.
  11. ^ a b Withdrew from the 1958 qualification before playing.
  12. ^ Withdrew from the 1950 qualification before playing.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Withdrew from the 1966 qualification before playing.
  14. ^ Withdrew from the 1954 and 1958 qualifications before playing.
  15. ^ Withdrew from the 1974 qualification before playing (entered as the  Malagasy Republic).
  16. ^ Qualified by walkover for the 1950 finals, and subsequently withdrew from participation. Withdrew from the 1974 qualification before playing.
  17. ^ Withdrew from the 1978 qualification before playing.
  18. ^ Withdrew from the 1986 qualification before playing.
  19. ^ Withdrew from the 1966 and 1974 qualifications before playing.
  20. ^ Withdrew during the 1986 qualification and had all its matches of that campaign annulled.
  21. ^ Withdrew from the 1974 and 1978 qualifications before playing (entered in 1974 as  Ceylon).
  22. ^ a b c Withdrew from the 1994 qualification before playing.
  23. ^ a b Withdrew from the 1990 qualification before playing.
  24. ^ Withdrew from the 1950 and 1974 qualifications before playing.
  25. ^ Withdrew from the 1998 qualification before playing.
  26. ^ Withdrew from the 1978 qualification before playing. Was disqualified from the 1982 qualification before playing.
  27. ^ Withdrew from the 1966, 1994 and 1998 qualifications before playing.
  28. ^ Withdrew from the 1950, 1994, and 2002 qualifications before playing (entered in 1950 as  Burma).
  29. ^ Withdrew from the 2010 qualification before playing.
Successor and renamed teams
  1. ^ a b c The Czechoslovakia team was officially renamed as the Representation of Czechs and Slovaks during the 1994 qualification and was then succeeded by the Czech Republic only from the 1998 qualification.
  2. ^ a b c Germany was succeeded from the 1954 qualification by West Germany, which in turn was succeeded by the reunified Germany from the 1994 qualification.
  3. ^ a b c The Irish Free State was succeeded in the 1950 qualification by Ireland, which became officially known as the Republic of Ireland from the 1954 qualification.
  4. ^ a b c d Yugoslavia was succeeded from the 1998 qualification by FR Yugoslavia, which was renamed as Serbia and Montenegro for the 2006 qualification and was then succeeded by Serbia from the 2010 qualification.
  5. ^ a b Mandatory Palestine was succeeded by Israel from the 1950 qualification.
  6. ^ Egypt was later succeeded by the  United Arab Republic, a political union with Syria, which entered the 1962 qualification, but withdrew before playing. Then Egypt continued independently but retained the name "United Arab Republic", under which it entered the 1966 qualification and also withdrew before playing. It was renamed back as "Egypt" from the 1974 qualification.
  7. ^ a b Ireland was succeeded by Northern Ireland from the 1954 qualification.
  8. ^ a b The Soviet Union was succeeded by Russia from the 1994 qualification.
  9. ^ a b c The Territory of Curaçao was succeeded from the 1962 qualification by the Netherlands Antilles, which in turn was succeeded by Curaçao from the 2014 qualification.
  10. ^ a b Dutch Guiana was succeeded by Suriname from the 1978 qualification.
  11. ^ a b Rhodesia was succeeded by Zimbabwe from the 1982 qualification.
  12. ^ a b South Vietnam was succeeded by Vietnam from the 1994 qualification.
  13. ^ a b Dahomey was renamed as Benin from the 1986 qualification.
  14. ^ a b Zaire was renamed as DR Congo during the 1998 qualification.
  15. ^ a b The Republic of China became officially known as Chinese Taipei from the 1982 qualification.
  16. ^ a b Upper Volta was renamed as Burkina Faso from the 1990 qualification.
  17. ^ a b North Yemen was succeeded by Yemen from the 1994 qualification.
  18. ^ a b Swaziland was renamed as Eswatini from the 2022 qualification.
  19. ^ a b Macedonia was renamed as North Macedonia from the 2022 qualification.
  20. ^ a b Western Samoa was renamed as Samoa from the 2002 qualification.
Other notes
  1. ^ Italy had to qualify for the 1934 tournament despite being the host.
  2. ^ Tuvalu, a non-FIFA member, formally could not enter the 2010 World Cup, but the team participated in the 2007 South Pacific Games which doubled as a stage of the qualification for that World Cup, and the team's results did count in determining advancement from that stage.

Overview of teams' participations

The below table shows how every team has participated in each World Cup qualification.

Key

Q Qualified
w Qualified, then withdrew from the finals (Austria in 1938, and Scotland and Turkey in 1950)
n Did not qualify
w Withdrew during qualifying
d Was disqualified during qualifying
H Qualified automatically as host but took part in qualifiers as they doubled as another tournament (South Africa in 2010 and Qatar in 2022)
\ Was not a FIFA member but took part in qualifiers as they doubled as another tournament (Tuvalu in 2010)
b Received bye to the finals
B Received bye to the finals, then withdrew (India in 1950)
H Qualified automatically as host
C Qualified automatically as reigning champion
i Was invited to the finals (all finalists in 1930 except Uruguay)
w Entered but withdrew before playing, or withdrew during qualifying and had all matches annulled
d Entered but was disqualified before playing, or was disqualified during qualifying and had all matches annulled
s Was suspended from entering, or had entry rejected
Did not enter despite being a FIFA member
Was not a FIFA member
Team 19
30
19
34
19
38
19
50
19
54
19
58
19
62
19
66
19
70
19
74
19
78
19
82
19
86
19
90
19
94
19
98
20
02
20
06
20
10
20
14
20
18
20
22
20
26
20
30
20
34
Current
confederation[I]
 Afghanistan n n n n n AFC
 Albania n s n n n n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Algeria w n n n Q Q n n n n n Q Q n n CAF
 American Samoa n n n n n w OFC
 Andorra n n n n n n UEFA
 Angola n n n n n Q n n n n CAF
 Anguilla n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Antigua and Barbuda n n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Argentina i b w w Q Q Q n Q H C Q C Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q H CONMEBOL
 Armenia n n n n n n n UEFA
 Aruba n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Australia n n Q n n n n n n n Q Q Q Q Q AFC[II]
 Austria Q w w Q Q n n n Q Q n Q n Q n n n n n n UEFA
 Azerbaijan n n n n n n n UEFA
 Bahamas w n n n w n n CONCACAF
 Bahrain n n n w n n n n n n n n AFC
 Bangladesh n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Barbados n w n n n n n n d n CONCACAF
 Belarus n n n n n n n UEFA
 Belgium i Q Q w Q n n n Q n n Q Q Q Q Q Q n n Q Q Q UEFA
 Belize s n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Benin (1978–)
 Dahomey (1970–1974)
n n n n n n n n n CAF
 Bermuda n n w n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Bhutan w n n n AFC
 Bolivia i b s n n n n n n n n n Q n n n n n n n CONMEBOL
 Bosnia and Herzegovina n n n n Q n n UEFA
 Botswana n n n n n n n CAF
 Brazil i b b H Q Q C C Q C Q Q Q Q Q C Q Q Q H Q Q CONMEBOL
 British Virgin Islands n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Brunei n n s n n n AFC
 Bulgaria w n n n Q Q Q Q n n Q n Q Q n n n n n n UEFA
 Burkina Faso (1986–)
 Upper Volta (1970–1982)
n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Burundi n w w n n n n n CAF
 Cambodia[i] n n n n n n n AFC
 Cameroon w n n n Q n Q Q Q Q n Q Q n Q CAF
 Canada n w n n n n Q n n n n n n n n Q H CONCACAF
 Cape Verde n n n n n n CAF
 Cayman Islands n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Central African Republic w d n w w n n n CAF
 Chad n n n n n n CAF
 Chile i w b n n H Q n Q n Q n n s Q n n Q Q n n CONMEBOL
 China n n n n n n Q n n n n n AFC
 Chinese Taipei (1982–)
 Republic of China (1954–1978)
w w n n n n n n n n n n n n n AFC[III]
 Colombia w n Q n n n n n n Q Q Q n n n Q Q n CONMEBOL[IV]
 Comoros n n n n CAF
 Congo s n n n n n n n n n n CAF
 Cook Islands n n n n n n w OFC
 Costa Rica w s n n n n n n n n Q n n Q Q n Q Q Q CONCACAF
 Croatia Q Q Q n Q Q Q UEFA
 Cuba n b n s n s n n n w n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Curaçao (2014–)
 Netherlands Antilles (1962–2010)
 Territory of Curaçao (1934–1958)
n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Cyprus w n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n UEFA[V]
 Czech Republic (1998–)
 Representation of Czechs and Slovaks (1994)
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994)
Q Q Q Q Q n Q n n Q n Q n n n Q n n n n UEFA
 Denmark n n n n n n Q n n Q Q n Q n Q Q UEFA
 Djibouti n n n n n CAF
 Dominica n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Dominican Republic n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 DR Congo (1998–)
 Zaire (1974–1998)[ii]
s Q w n n n n n n n n n n CAF
 East Germany n n n n Q n n n n defunct[VI]
 Ecuador w n n n n n n n n n n Q Q n Q n Q CONMEBOL
 Egypt[iii] Q w n w w w n n n n Q n n n n n n Q n CAF[VII]
 El Salvador w Q n n Q n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 England Q Q Q Q H C n n Q Q Q n Q Q Q Q Q Q Q UEFA
 Equatorial Guinea n n n n n n CAF
 Eritrea n n w n n n w CAF
 Estonia n n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Eswatini (2022–)
 Swaziland (1982–2018)
n n n n n n n n CAF
 Ethiopia s n w n n n n n n n n d n n n CAF[VIII]
 Faroe Islands n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Fiji n n n n n n n n n n OFC
 Finland n w n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 France i Q H n Q Q n Q n n Q Q Q n n H C Q Q Q Q Q UEFA
 Gabon w w n n n n n n n n n CAF
 Gambia n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Georgia n n n n n n n UEFA
 Germany (1994–)
 West Germany (1950–1990)
 Germany (1930–1938)
Q Q s Q C Q Q Q H C Q Q Q C Q Q H Q Q Q Q UEFA
 Ghana n w n n n w n n n n n Q Q Q n Q CAF
 Gibraltar n n UEFA
 Greece w n n n n n n n n n n n Q n n n Q Q n n UEFA
 Grenada n w n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Guam n w w n n n AFC
 Guatemala n n s n n n n n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Guinea w s n n n n n n n d n n n n n CAF
 Guinea-Bissau n n n n n n n CAF
 Guyana n n n n n n d n n n n n CONCACAF
 Haiti n n n Q n n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Honduras n n n n w Q n n n n n n Q Q n n CONCACAF
 Hong Kong n n n n n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Hungary Q Q b Q Q Q n n Q Q Q n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Iceland s n n n n n n n n n n n n Q n UEFA
 India B s w n w n n n n n n n n AFC
 Indonesia[iv] b w w w n n n n n n n n n n n d n AFC
 Iran n Q w d n n Q n Q n Q Q Q AFC
 Iraq n w n Q n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Israel (1950–)
 Palestine, British Mandate (1930–1938)
n n n n n n n Q n n n n n n n n n n n n n UEFA[IX]
 Italy Q C C Q n Q Q Q Q Q Q C H Q Q Q Q Q Q n n UEFA
 Ivory Coast n n n n n n n Q Q Q n n CAF
 Jamaica n n w n d n n Q n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Japan w s n n n n n n n n n Q H Q Q Q Q Q AFC
 Jordan n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Kazakhstan n n n n n n n UEFA[X]
 Kenya n n n n n n n n n n n n n CAF
 Kosovo n n UEFA
 Kuwait n n Q n n n n n n n n d n AFC
 Kyrgyzstan n n n n n n n AFC
 Laos n n n n n n AFC
 Latvia n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Lebanon w n n n n n n n n AFC
 Lesotho n n w w n n n n n n CAF
 Liberia w n n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Libya w n n w n w d n n n n n n CAF
 Liechtenstein w n n n n n n n UEFA
 Lithuania n n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Luxembourg n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Macau n n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Madagascar[v] w n n n n n n n n n n CAF
 Malawi n n n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Malaysia[vi] n n n n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Maldives w n n n n n n n n AFC
 Mali w w w n n n n n n CAF
 Malta n n n n n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Mauritania n w n n n n n n CAF
 Mauritius n n s n n n n w n n CAF
 Mexico i n w Q Q Q Q Q H n Q n H d Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q H CONCACAF
 Moldova n n n n n n n UEFA
 Mongolia n n n n n n n AFC
 Montenegro n n n n UEFA
 Montserrat n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Morocco n w Q w n n Q n Q Q n n n n Q Q H CAF
 Mozambique n s n n n n n n n n CAF
 Myanmar[vii] w w w s n n n n AFC
 Namibia n n n n n n n n CAF
   Nepal n n n n w n n n n n AFC
 Netherlands Q Q n n n n Q Q n n Q Q Q n Q Q Q n Q UEFA
 New Caledonia n n n n n OFC
 New Zealand n n n Q n n n n n n Q n n n OFC
 Nicaragua n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Niger n n w n w n n n n n CAF
 Nigeria n w n n n n n n Q Q Q n Q Q Q n CAF
 North Korea Q d n w n n n n n Q n n w AFC
 North Macedonia (2022–)
 Macedonia (1998–2018)
n n n n n n n UEFA
 Northern Ireland (1954–)
 Ireland (1950)
n n Q n n n n n Q Q n n n n n n n n n UEFA
 Norway Q n n n n n n n n n n Q Q n n n n n n UEFA
 Oman w n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Pakistan n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Palestine n n n n n n AFC
 Panama n n n n n n n n n n Q n CONCACAF
 Papua New Guinea n n n n n OFC
 Paraguay i b n Q n n n n n n Q n n Q Q Q Q n n n H CONMEBOL
 Peru i w w w n n n Q n Q Q n n n n n n n n Q n CONMEBOL
 Philippines w s w n n n n n AFC
 Poland n Q w n n n n Q Q Q Q n n n Q Q n n Q Q UEFA
 Portugal n n n n n n Q n n n n Q n n n Q Q Q Q Q Q H UEFA
 Puerto Rico n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Qatar n n n n n n n n n n n H AFC
 Republic of Ireland (1954–)
 Ireland (1950)
 Irish Free State (1930–1938)
n n n n n n n n n n n n Q Q n Q n n n n n UEFA
 Romania i Q b n n w n Q n n n n Q Q Q n n n n n n UEFA
 Russia (1994–)
 Soviet Union (1950–1990)
Q Q Q Q d n Q Q Q Q n Q n n Q H d UEFA
 Rwanda w n n n n n n n CAF
 Saar n defunct[VI]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Saint Lucia n n n n n n n w CONCACAF
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Samoa (2002–)
 Western Samoa (1990–1998)
w n n n n n n w OFC
 San Marino n n n n n n n n UEFA
 São Tomé and Príncipe w n n w n n n CAF
 Saudi Arabia n n n n Q Q Q Q n n Q Q H AFC
 Scotland w Q Q n n n Q Q Q Q Q n Q n n n n n n UEFA
 Senegal w n n n n n n n Q n n n Q Q CAF
 Serbia (2010–)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006)
 FR Yugoslavia (1994–2002)
 Yugoslavia (1930–1990)
i n n Q Q Q Q n n Q n Q n Q d Q n Q Q n Q Q UEFA
 Seychelles n n n n n n CAF
 Sierra Leone n n n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Singapore n n n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Slovakia n n n Q n n n UEFA
 Slovenia n Q n Q n n n UEFA
 Solomon Islands n n n n n n n n OFC
 Somalia n n n n n n n CAF
 South Africa s d s s s n Q Q n H n n n CAF
 South Korea Q s n w n n n n Q Q Q Q H Q Q Q Q Q AFC
 South Sudan n n CAF
 South Yemen n w defunct[XI]
 Spain Q s Q n n Q Q n n Q H Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q H UEFA
 Sri Lanka[viii] w w n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Sudan w w w n n w n n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Suriname (1978–)
 Dutch Guiana (1930–1974)
w n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Sweden Q Q Q n H n n Q Q Q n n Q Q n Q Q n n Q n UEFA
  Switzerland Q Q Q H n Q Q n n n n n n Q n n Q Q Q Q Q UEFA
 Syria w n w n n n n n n n n n n d n n AFC[XII]
 Tahiti n n n n n n n n OFC
 Tajikistan n n n n n n n AFC
 Tanzania n w n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Thailand n n n n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 East Timor n n n n n AFC
 Togo n n n w w n n n Q n n n n CAF
 Tonga n n n n n n w OFC
 Trinidad and Tobago n n n n n n n n n n Q n n n n CONCACAF
 Tunisia n w n n Q n n n n Q Q Q n n Q Q CAF
 Turkey w w Q w n n n n n n n n n n Q n n n n n UEFA[XIII]
 Turkmenistan n n n n n n n n AFC
 Turks and Caicos Islands n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Tuvalu \ OFC
 Uganda n w n n w n n n n n n n CAF
 Ukraine n n Q n n n n UEFA
 United Arab Emirates w n Q n n n n n n n n AFC
 United States i Q w Q n n n n n n n n n Q H Q Q Q Q Q n Q H CONCACAF
 U.S. Virgin Islands n n n n n n n CONCACAF
 Uruguay H b C n Q Q Q Q n n Q Q n n Q n Q Q Q Q H CONMEBOL
 Uzbekistan n n n n n n n AFC
 Vanuatu n n n n n n n w OFC
 Venezuela w n n w n n n n n n n n n n n n CONMEBOL
 Vietnam (1978–)
 South Vietnam (1954–1974)
s n w n n n n n n n n AFC
 Wales n n Q n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n Q UEFA
 Yemen (1994–)
 North Yemen (1982–1990)
n n n n n n n n n n AFC
 Zambia n n n n n n n n n n n n n n CAF
 Zimbabwe (1982–)
 Rhodesia (1970–1978)
n n n n n n n n n n d n CAF[XIV]
Team 19
30
19
34
19
38
19
50
19
54
19
58
19
62
19
66
19
70
19
74
19
78
19
82
19
86
19
90
19
94
19
98
20
02
20
06
20
10
20
14
20
18
20
22
20
26
20
30
20
34
Current
confederation
Non-participating incarnations
  1. ^ Known as the  Khmer Republic in 1974, and then as  Kampuchea until 1990.
  2. ^ Known as  Congo-Kinshasa until 1970.
  3. ^ Entered in 1962 as the  United Arab Republic representing a political union with Syria. After that continued independently but retained the name "United Arab Republic" until 1970.
  4. ^ Entered as the  Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  5. ^ Known as the  Malagasy Republic until 1974.
  6. ^ Preceded by  Malaya until 1962.
  7. ^ Known as  Burma until 1990.
  8. ^ Known as  Ceylon until 1974.
Continental allocations
  1. ^ Africa and Asia had a joint zone in 1934 and 1958. Africa, Asia and Oceania had a joint zone in 1966. Asia and Oceania had a joint zone in 1970–1982.
  2. ^ Entered the Oceanian zone in 1986–2006.
  3. ^ Entered the Oceanian zone in 1986–1990.
  4. ^ Entered the North and Central American zone in 1938.
  5. ^ Entered the African/Asian zone in 1958.
  6. ^ a b Participated in the European zone.
  7. ^ Entered the European zone in 1938 and 1954.
  8. ^ Entered the European zone in 1962.
  9. ^ Entered the African/Asian zone in 1934 and 1958, the Asian/Oceanian zone in 1970–1978, and the Oceanian zone in 1986–1990.
  10. ^ Entered the Asian zone in 1998–2002.
  11. ^ Participated in the Asian zone.
  12. ^