A map showing all nations to have competed in FIFA World Cup tournaments.
A map showing the best performance of each team to have competed in FIFA World Cup tournaments.
A map showing all nations that have hosted a FIFA World Cup tournament and how many times they have done so.

This article lists the performances of each of the national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA World Cup.

As of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, 80 national teams have competed at the final tournaments.[1] Brazil is the only team to have appeared in all 22 tournaments to date, with Germany having participated in 20, Italy in 18, Argentina in 18 and Mexico in 17.[2] To date, eight nations have won the tournament. The inaugural winners in 1930 were Uruguay; the current champions are Argentina. The most successful nation in the competition are currently Brazil, who have won the cup on five occasions.[3] Five teams have appeared in FIFA World Cup finals without winning,[4] while eleven more have appeared in semi-finals.[5]

Ranking of teams by number of appearances

As of 14 February 2023
Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result
 Brazil 22 22 22 1930 2022 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Germany[a] 20 18 18 1934 2022 Champions (1954, 1974,[b] 1990, 2014)
 Argentina 18 13 13 1930 2022 Champions (1978,[b] 1986, 2022)
 Italy 18 14 0 1934 2014 Champions (1934,[b] 1938, 1982, 2006)
 Mexico 18 9 9 1930 2026 Quarterfinals (1970,[b] 1986[b])
 Spain 16 12 12 1934 2022 Champions (2010)
 France 16 7 7 1930 2022 Champions (1998,[b] 2018)
 England 16 7 7 1950 2022 Champions (1966[b])
 Belgium 14 6 3 1930 2022 Third place (2018)
 Uruguay 14 4 4 1930 2022 Champions (1930,[b] 1950)
 Serbia[c] 13 4 2 1930 2022 Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 United States 12 7 2 1930 2026 Third place (1930)
  Switzerland 12 5 5 1934 2022 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954[b])
 Sweden 12 3 0 1934 2018 Runners-up (1958[b])
 South Korea 11 10 10 1954 2022 Fourth place (2002[d])
 Netherlands 11 3 1 1934 2022 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Russia[e] 11 4 0 1958 2018 Fourth place (1966)
 Poland 9 4 2 1938 2022 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Hungary 9 4 0 1934 1986 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
 Czech Republic[f] 9 3 0 1934 2006 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Slovakia[f] 9 3 0 1934 2010 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Chile 9 2 0 1930 2014 Third place (1962[b])
 Portugal 8 6 6 1966 2022 Third place (1966)
 Cameroon 8 4 1 1982 2022 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Scotland 8 5 0 1954 1998 Group stage
 Paraguay 8 4 0 1930 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Japan 7 7 7 1998 2022 Round of 16 (2002,[d] 2010, 2018, 2022)
 Bulgaria 7 4 0 1962 1998 Fourth place (1994)
 Romania 7 3 0 1930 1998 Quarterfinals (1994)
 Saudi Arabia 7 4 2 1994 2034 Round of 16 (1994)
 Austria 7 2 0 1934 1998 Third place (1954)
 Australia 6 5 5 1974 2022 Round of 16 (2006, 2022)
 Iran 6 3 3 1978 2022 Group stage
 Costa Rica 6 3 3 1990 2022 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Croatia 6 3 3 1998 2022 Runners-up (2018)
 Tunisia 6 3 2 1978 2022 Group stage
 Morocco 6 2 2 1970 2022 Fourth place (2022)
 Denmark 6 2 2 1986 2022 Quarterfinals (1998)
 Colombia 6 3 0 1962 2018 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Nigeria 6 3 0 1994 2018 Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
 Peru 5 2 0 1930 2018 Quarterfinals (1970, 1978)
 Ghana 4 3 1 2006 2022 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Ecuador 4 2 1 2002 2022 Round of 16 (2006)
 Algeria 4 2 0 1982 2014 Round of 16 (2014)
 Canada 3 2 2 1986 2026 Group stage
 Senegal 3 2 2 2002 2022 Quarterfinals (2002)
 Ivory Coast 3 3 0 2006 2014 Group stage
 Norway 3 2 0 1938 1998 Round of 16 (1938, 1998)
 Northern Ireland 3 2 0 1958 1986 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Honduras 3 2 0 1982 2014 Group stage
 Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1990 2002 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Greece 3 2 0 1994 2014 Round of 16 (2014)
 South Africa 3 2 0 1998 2010 Group stage
 Bolivia 3 1 0 1930 1994 Group stage
 Egypt 3 1 0 1934 2018 Round of 16 (1934)
 Wales 2 1 1 1958 2022 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Turkey 2 1 0 1954 2002 Third place (2002)
 North Korea 2 1 0 1966 2010 Quarterfinals (1966)
 El Salvador 2 1 0 1970 1982 Group stage
 New Zealand 2 1 0 1982 2010 Group stage
 Slovenia 2 1 0 2002 2010 Group stage
 Qatar 1 1 1 2022 2022 Group stage
 Cuba 1 1 0 1938 1938 Quarterfinals (1938)
 Indonesia[g] 1 1 0 1938 1938 Round of 16 (1938)
 Israel 1 1 0 1970 1970 Group stage
 DR Congo[h] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Group stage
 East Germany[a] 1 1 1974 1974 Second group stage (1974)
 Haiti 1 1 0 1974 1974 Group stage
 Kuwait 1 1 0 1982 1982 Group stage
 Iraq 1 1 0 1986 1986 Group stage
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 1990 1990 Group stage
 Jamaica 1 1 0 1998 1998 Group stage
 China 1 1 0 2002 2002 Group stage
 Angola 1 1 0 2006 2006 Group stage
 Togo 1 1 0 2006 2006 Group stage
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2006 2006 Group stage
 Ukraine 1 1 0 2006 2006 Quarterfinals (2006)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 2014 2014 Group stage
 Iceland 1 1 0 2018 2018 Group stage
 Panama 1 1 0 2018 2018 Group stage

Debut of national teams

Each successive World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Using FIFA's view on successor teams, the total number of teams that have participated in the World Cup until the 2022 edition is 80.

Year Debuting teams Successor teams
Teams No. Cum.
1930  Argentina,  Belgium,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  France,  Mexico,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Romania,  United States,  Uruguay,  Yugoslavia[c] 13 13
1934  Austria,  Czechoslovakia,[f]  Egypt,  Germany,[a]  Hungary,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland 10 23
1938  Cuba,  Dutch East Indies,[g]  Norway,  Poland 4 27
1950  England 1 28
1954  South Korea,  Scotland,  Turkey 3 31  West Germany[a]
1958  Northern Ireland,  Soviet Union,[e]  Wales 3 34
1962  Bulgaria,  Colombia 2 36
1966  North Korea,  Portugal 2 38
1970  El Salvador,  Israel,  Morocco 3 41
1974  Australia,  East Germany,[a]  Haiti,  Zaire[h] 4 45
1978  Iran,  Tunisia 2 47
1982  Algeria,  Cameroon,  Honduras,  Kuwait,  New Zealand 5 52
1986  Canada,  Denmark,  Iraq 3 55
1990  Costa Rica,  Republic of Ireland,  United Arab Emirates 3 58
1994  Greece,  Nigeria,  Saudi Arabia 3 61  Germany,[a]  Russia[e]
1998  Croatia,[c]  Jamaica,  Japan,  South Africa 4 65  FR Yugoslavia[c]
2002  China,  Ecuador,  Senegal,  Slovenia[c] 4 69
2006  Angola,  Ivory Coast,  Ghana,  Togo,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine[e] 6 75  Czech Republic[f]
2010 1 75  Serbia[c]
 Slovakia[f]
2014  Bosnia and Herzegovina[c] 1 77
2018  Iceland,  Panama 2 79
2022  Qatar 1 80

Overall team records

The system used in the World Cup up to 1990 was 2 points for a win. In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Teams are ranked by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored.

As of 2022 FIFA World Cup[6][7]
Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 22 114 76 19 19 237 108 +129 247
2  Germany[a] 20 112 68 21 23 232 130 +102 225
3  Argentina 18 88 47 17 24 152 101 +51 158
4  Italy 18 83 45 21 17 128 77 +51 156
5  France 16 73 39 14 20 136 85 +51 131
6  England 16 74 32 22 20 104 68 +36 118
7  Spain 16 67 31 17 19 108 75 +33 110
8  Netherlands 11 55 30 14 11 96 52 +44 104
9  Uruguay 14 59 25 13 21 89 76 +13 88
10  Belgium 14 51 21 10 20 69 74 −5 73
11  Sweden 12 51 19 13 19 80 73 +7 70
12  Russia[i] 11 45 19 10 16 77 54 +23 67
13  Mexico 17 60 17 15 28 62 101 −39 66
14  Serbia[j] 13 49 18 9 22 71 71 0 63
15  Portugal 8 35 17 6 12 61 41 +20 57
16  Poland 9 38 17 6 15 49 50 −1 57
17   Switzerland 12 41 14 8 19 55 73 −18 50
18  Hungary 9 32 15 3 14 87 57 +30 48
19  Croatia 6 30 13 8 9 43 33 +10 47
20  Slovakia[k] 9 34 12 6 18 49 52 −3 42
21  Czech Republic[k] 9 33 12 5 16 47 49 −2 41
22  Austria 7 29 12 4 13 43 47 −4 40
23  Chile 9 33 11 7 15 40 49 −9 40
24  United States 11 37 9 8 20 40 66 −26 35
25  Denmark 6 23 9 6 8 31 29 +2 33
26  Paraguay 8 27 7 10 10 30 38 −8 31
27  South Korea 11 38 7 10 21 39 78 −39 31
28  Colombia 6 22 9 3 10 32 30 +2 30
29  Romania 7 21 8 5 8 30 32 −2 29
30  Japan 7 25 7 6 12 25 33 −8 27
31  Costa Rica 6 21 6 5 10 22 39 −17 23
32  Cameroon 8 26 5 8 13 22 47 −25 23
33  Morocco 6 23 5 7 11 20 27 −7 22
34  Nigeria 6 21 6 3 12 23 30 −7 21
35  Scotland 8 23 4 7 12 25 41 −16 19
36  Senegal 3 12 5 3 4 16 17 −1 18
37  Ghana 4 15 5 3 7 18 23 −5 18
38  Peru 5 18 5 3 10 21 33 −12 18
39  Ecuador 4 13 5 2 6 14 14 0 17
40  Bulgaria 7 26 3 8 15 22 53 −31 17
41  Turkey 2 10 5 1 4 20 17 +3 16
42  Australia 6 20 4 4 12 17 37 −20 16
43  Republic of Ireland 3 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 14
44  Northern Ireland 3 13 3 5 5 13 23 −10 14
45  Tunisia 6 18 3 5 10 14 26 −12 14
46  Saudi Arabia 6 19 4 2 13 14 44 −30 14
47  Iran 6 18 3 4 11 13 31 −18 13
48  Algeria 4 13 3 3 7 13 19 −6 12
49  Ivory Coast 3 9 3 1 5 13 14 −1 10
50  South Africa 3 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
51  Norway 3 8 2 3 3 7 8 −1 9
52  East Germany[a] 1 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
53  Greece 3 10 2 2 6 5 20 −15 8
54  Ukraine 1 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2 7
55  Wales 2 8 1 4 3 5 10 −5 7
56  Slovenia 2 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4
57  Cuba 1 3 1 1 1 5 12 −7 4
58  North Korea 2 7 1 1 5 6 21 −15 4
59  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
60  Jamaica 1 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
61  New Zealand 2 6 0 3 3 4 14 −10 3
62  Honduras 3 9 0 3 6 3 14 −11 3
63  Angola 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
64  Israel 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
65  Egypt 3 7 0 2 5 5 12 −7 2
66  Iceland 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
67  Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
68  Trinidad and Tobago 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
69  Bolivia 3 6 0 1 5 1 20 −19 1
70  Iraq 1 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
71  Togo 1 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
72  Qatar 1 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
73  Indonesia[g] 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
74  Panama 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
75  United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
76  China 1 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
77  Canada 2 6 0 0 6 2 12 −10 0
78  Haiti 1 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
79  DR Congo[h] 1 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
80  El Salvador 2 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 0
Breakdown of successor team records
Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czechoslovakia (1934–1990) 8 30 11 5 14 44 45 −1 38
 Czech Republic (2006–present) 1 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
 Slovakia (2010–present) 1 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Germany (1934–1938) 2 6 3 1 2 14 13 +1 10
 West Germany (1950–1990) 10 62 36 14 12 131 77 +54 122
 Germany (1994–present) 8 44 29 6 9 87 40 +46 93
Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union (1958–1990) 7 31 15 6 10 53 34 +19 51
 Russia (1994–present) 4 14 4 4 6 24 20 +4 16
Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1930–1990) 8 33 14 7 12 55 42 +13 49
 Yugoslavia (1998) 1 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 1 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
 Serbia (2010–present) 3 9 2 1 6 9 15 −6 7


Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil5229
2 Germany44412
3 Italy4217
4 Argentina3306
5 France2226
6 Uruguay2002
7 England1001
 Spain1001
9 Netherlands0314
10 Czech Republic0202
 Hungary0202
12 Croatia0123
 Sweden0123
14 Poland0022
15 Austria0011
 Belgium0011
 Chile0011
 Portugal0011
 Turkey0011
 United States0011
Totals (20 entries)22222266

Comprehensive team results by tournament

The team ranking in each tournament is according to FIFA.[8][9][10] The rankings, apart from the top four positions (top two in 1930), are not a result of direct competition between the teams; instead, teams eliminated in the same round are ranked by their full results in the tournament.

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament are shown (in parentheses).

Team  
1930
Uruguay
(13)
QF
1934
Italy
(16)
QF
1938
France
(15)
QF
1950
Brazil
(13)
QF
1954
Switzerland
(16)
QF
1958
Sweden
(16)
QF
1962
Chile
(16)
QF
1966
England
(16)
QF
1970
Mexico
(16)
QF
1974
West Germany
(16)
QF
1978
Argentina
(16)
QF
1982
Spain
(24)
QF
1986
Mexico
(24)
QF
1990
Italy
(24)
QF
1994
United States
(24)
QF
1998
France
(32)
QF
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
QF
2006
Germany
(32)
QF
2010
South Africa
(32)
QF
2014
Brazil
(32)
QF
2018
Russia
(32)
QF
2022
Qatar
(32)
QF
2026
Canada
Mexico
United States
(48)
QF
2030
Morocco
Portugal
Spain
(48)
QF
2034
Saudi Arabia
(48)
Total appearances
 Algeria Part of France × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
TBD TBD TBD 4
 Angola R1
23rd
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Argentina 2nd R1
T-9th
× × R1
13th
R1
10th
QF
5th
R2
8th
1st R2
11th
1st 2nd R2
10th
QF
6th
R1
18th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd R2
16th
1st TBD Q TBD 19
 Australia R1
14th
R2
16th
R1
21st
R1
30th
R1
30th
R2
11th
TBD TBD TBD 6
 Austria 4th ••[l] × 3rd R1
15th
R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
TBD TBD TBD 7
 Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
3rd R1
23rd
TBD TBD TBD 14
 Bolivia R1
12th
R1
13th
× R1
21st
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia[c] R1
20th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Brazil R1
6th
R1
14th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
1st 1st R1
11th
1st 4th 3rd R2
5th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
6th
4th QF
6th
QF
7th
TBD TBD TBD 22
 Bulgaria •× R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
TBD TBD TBD 7
 Cameroon × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
R1
19th
TBD TBD TBD 8
 Canada × R1
24th
R1
31st
Q TBD TBD 3
 Chile R1
5th
× R1
9th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
× R2
16th
R2
10th
R2
9th
TBD TBD TBD 9
 China PR[m] R1
31st
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Colombia R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
19th
R1
21st
QF
5th
R2
9th
TBD TBD TBD 6
 Congo DR[h] × R1
16th
× TBD TBD TBD 1
 Costa Rica × × R2
13th
R1
19th
R1
31st
QF
8th
R1
29th
R1
27th
TBD TBD TBD 6
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia[c] 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd 3rd TBD TBD TBD 6
 Cuba QF
8th
× × × TBD TBD TBD 1
 Czech Republic[f] 2nd QF
5th
R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
TBD TBD TBD 9
 Denmark R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
R1
28th
TBD TBD TBD 6
 East Germany[a] Part of Germany R2
6th
Part of Germany TBD TBD TBD 1
 Ecuador × R1
24th
R2
12th
R1
17th
R1
18th
TBD TBD TBD 4
 Egypt[n] •• R1
13th
× × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
TBD TBD TBD 3
 El Salvador × R1
16th
R1
24th
TBD TBD TBD 2
 England R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
4th QF
6th
TBD TBD TBD 16
 France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
R1
11th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th 3rd 1st R1
28th
2nd R1
29th
QF
7th
1st 2nd TBD TBD TBD 16
 Germany[a] 3rd R1
10th
1st 4th QF
7th
2nd 3rd 1st R2
6th
2nd 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
7th
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st R1
22nd
R1
17th
TBD TBD TBD 20
 Ghana × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
R1
24th
TBD TBD TBD 4
 Greece •× R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Haiti R1
15th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Honduras × R1
18th
R1
30th
R1
31st
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Hungary QF
6th
2nd 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
TBD TBD TBD 9
 Iceland × R1
28th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Indonesia[g] R1
15th
× •× × × TBD TBD TBD 1
 Iran R1
14th
× × R1
20th
R1
T-25th
R1
28th
R1
18th
R1
26th
TBD TBD TBD 6
 Iraq × R1
23rd
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Israel[o] R1
12th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Italy 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R2
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R2
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
TBD TBD TBD 18
 Ivory Coast R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Jamaica × × R1
22nd
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Japan •• × R1
31st
R2
9th
R1
T-28th
R2
9th
R1
29th
R2
15th
R2
9th
TBD TBD TBD 7
 Kuwait R1
21st
•× TBD TBD TBD 1
 Mexico R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
16th
QF
6th
× R2
13th
R2
13th
R2
11th
R2
15th
R2
14th
R2
10th
R2
12th
R1
22nd
Q TBD TBD 18
 Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
4th TBD Q TBD 7
 Netherlands R1
T-9th
R1
14th
2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd QF
5th
TBD TBD TBD 11
 New Zealand R1
23rd
R1
22nd
TBD TBD TBD 2
 Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
TBD TBD TBD 6
 North Korea QF
8th
× × R1
32nd
•× TBD TBD TBD 2
 Northern Ireland[p] QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Norway R1
12th
R1
17th
R2
15th
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Panama R1
32nd
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Paraguay R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
14th
R2
16th
R1
18th
QF
8th
TBD Q TBD 9
 Peru R1
10th
× × × QF
7th
R2
8th
R1
20th
R1
20th
TBD TBD TBD 5
 Poland •× R1
11th
× 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
R2
15th
TBD TBD TBD 9
 Portugal 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
QF
8th
TBD Q TBD 9
 Qatar R1
32nd
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Republic of Ireland[q] QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
TBD TBD TBD 7
 Russia[e] QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
•× R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
•× TBD TBD TBD 11
 Saudi Arabia R2
12th
R1
28th
R1
32nd
R1
T-28th
R1
26th
R1
25th
TBD TBD Q 7
 Scotland •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
TBD TBD TBD 8
 Senegal × QF
7th
R1
17th
R2
10th
TBD TBD TBD 3
 Serbia[c] 4th[r] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
R1
29th
TBD TBD TBD 13
 Slovakia[f] 2nd QF
5th
R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R2
16th
TBD TBD TBD 9
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia[c] R1
30th
R1
18th
TBD TBD TBD 2
 South Africa × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
TBD TBD TBD 3
 South Korea R1
16th
× × R1
20th
R1
22nd
R1
20th
R1
30th
4th R1
17th
R2
15th
R1
27th
R1
19th
R2
16th
TBD TBD TBD 11
 Spain QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st R1
23rd
R2
10th
R2
13th
TBD Q TBD 17
 Sweden QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
TBD TBD TBD 12
  Switzerland QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
R2
12th
TBD TBD TBD 12
 Togo × × R1
30th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Trinidad and Tobago R1
27th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
R1
21st
TBD TBD TBD 6
 Turkey × •• R1
9th
× 3rd TBD TBD TBD 2
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union[e] QF
8th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 United Arab Emirates × R1
24th
TBD TBD TBD 1
 United States 3rd[r] R1
16th
× R1
10th
R1
23rd
R2
14th
R1
32nd
QF
8th
R1
T-25th
R2
12th
R2
15th
R2
14th
Q TBD TBD 12
 Uruguay 1st 1st 4th R1
13th
QF
7th
4th R1
13th
R2
16th
R2
16th
R1
26th
4th R2
12th
QF
5th
R1
20th
TBD Q TBD 15
 Wales QF
6th
R1
30th
TBD TBD TBD 2
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
2026
Canada
Mexico
United States
(48)
2030
Morocco
Portugal
Spain
(48)
2034
Saudi Arabia
(48)
Total
Legend

Hosts

Results of host nations[12]
Year Host Nation Finish
1930  Uruguay Champions
1934  Italy Champions
1938  France Quarter-finals
1950  Brazil Runners-up
1954   Switzerland Quarter-finals
1958  Sweden Runners-up
1962  Chile Third place
1966  England Champions
1970  Mexico Quarter-finals
1974  West Germany Champions
1978  Argentina Champions
1982  Spain Second round
1986  Mexico Quarter-finals
1990  Italy Third place
1994  United States Round of 16
1998  France Champions
2002  South Korea Fourth place
 Japan Round of 16
2006  Germany Third place
2010  South Africa Group stage
2014  Brazil Fourth place
2018  Russia Quarter-finals
2022  Qatar Group stage
2026  Canada TBD
 Mexico
 United States
2030  Morocco TBD
 Portugal
 Spain
2034  Saudi Arabia TBD

Results of defending finalists

The defending World Cup champions were formerly granted an automatic spot in the Cup finals field. As of the 2006 tournament, this berth is no longer guaranteed.[13] However, no defending World Cup champion has yet failed to qualify. Automatic berths have never been given for defending World Cup runners-up. Defending runners-up have qualified 16 times in 19 attempts for the following World Cup.

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-up Finish
1934  Uruguay did not enter  Argentina Round of 16
1938  Italy Champions  Czechoslovakia Quarter-finals
1950  Italy Group stage  Hungary did not enter
1954  Uruguay Fourth place  Brazil Quarter-finals
1958  West Germany Fourth place  Hungary Group stage
1962  Brazil Champions  Sweden did not qualify
1966  Brazil Group stage  Czechoslovakia did not qualify
1970  England Quarter-finals  West Germany Third place
1974  Brazil Fourth place  Italy Group stage
1978  West Germany Second round  Netherlands Runners-up
1982  Argentina Second round  Netherlands did not qualify
1986  Italy Round of 16  West Germany Runners-up
1990  Argentina Runners-up  West Germany Champions
1994  Germany Quarter-finals  Argentina Round of 16
1998  Brazil Runners-up  Italy Quarter-finals
2002  France Group stage  Brazil Champions
2006  Brazil Quarter-finals  Germany Third place
2010  Italy Group stage  France Group stage
2014  Spain Group stage  Netherlands Third place
2018  Germany Group stage  Argentina Round of 16
2022  France Runners-up  Croatia Third place
2026  Argentina TBD  France TBD

Results by confederation

AFC

Further information: Asian nations at the FIFA World Cup

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 43
Top 16 0[s] 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 3 9
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th South Korea 1

CAF

Further information: African nations at the FIFA World Cup

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 49
Top 16 0[s] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 11
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th Morocco 1

CONCACAF

Further information: North, Central American and Caribbean nations at the FIFA World Cup

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 46
Top 16 0[s] 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 15
Top 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5
Top 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd United States 1
4th 0

CONMEBOL

Further information: South American nations at the FIFA World Cup

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 4 89
Top 16 2[s] 4 4 2 4 2 3 5 5 4 2 37
Top 8 0 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 4 3 2 2 36
Top 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 23
Top 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 15
1st Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Brazil Brazil Argentina Argentina Brazil Brazil Argentina 10
2nd Argentina Brazil Argentina Brazil Argentina 5
3rd Brazil Chile Brazil 3
4th Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Uruguay Brazil 5

OFC

Further information: Oceanian nations at the FIFA World Cup

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
Top 16 0[s] 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

UEFA

Further information: European nations at the FIFA World Cup

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 4 12 12 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 14 13 258
Top 16 10[s] 10 10 10 10 9 10 6 6 10 8 99
Top 8 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 6 3 4 6 5 105
Top 4 1 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 4 2 62
Top 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 29
1st Italy Italy West Germany England West Germany Italy West Germany France Italy Spain Germany France 12
2nd Czechoslovakia Hungary Hungary Sweden Czechoslovakia West Germany Italy Netherlands Netherlands West Germany West Germany Italy Germany France Netherlands Croatia France 17
3rd Germany Sweden Austria France Portugal West Germany Poland Poland France Italy Sweden Croatia Turkey Germany Germany Netherlands Belgium Croatia 18
4th Kingdom of Yugoslavia Austria Sweden Spain West Germany Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Soviet Union Italy France Belgium England Bulgaria Netherlands Portugal   England 15

Active consecutive participations

This is a list of active consecutive participations of national teams in the FIFA World Cup, including qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

As of 14 February 2023
Team Confederation Managed to qualify since Consecutive participations
 Brazil CONMEBOL 1930 22
 Germany UEFA 1954 18[t]
 Argentina CONMEBOL 1974 13
 Spain UEFA 1978 12
 South Korea AFC 1986 10
 Mexico CONCACAF 1994 9
 England UEFA 1998 7
 France UEFA 1998 7
 Japan AFC 1998 7
 Portugal UEFA 2002 6
 Australia AFC 2006 5
  Switzerland UEFA 2006 5
 Uruguay CONMEBOL 2010 4
 Belgium UEFA 2014 3
 Costa Rica CONCACAF 2014 3
 Croatia UEFA 2014 3
 Iran AFC 2014 3
 Denmark UEFA 2018 2
 Morocco CAF 2018 2
 Poland UEFA 2018 2
 Saudi Arabia AFC 2018 2
 Senegal CAF 2018 2
 Serbia UEFA 2018 2
 Tunisia CAF 2018 2
 Canada CONCACAF 2022 2
 United States CONCACAF 2022 2

Droughts

This section is a list of droughts associated with the participation of national football teams in the FIFA World Cups. 1942 and 1946, when the tournament was not held due to World War II, are not included in the calculation of a drought.

Active World Cup appearance droughts

Does not include teams that have not yet made their first appearance or teams that no longer exist.

As of 2022 FIFA World Cup
Team Last appearance WC missed
 Cuba 1938 19
 Indonesia 1938 19
 Israel 1970 13
 DR Congo 1974 12
 Haiti 1974 12
 El Salvador 1982 10
 Kuwait 1982 10
 Hungary 1986 9
 Iraq 1986 9
 Northern Ireland 1986 9
 United Arab Emirates 1990 8
 Bolivia 1994 7
 Austria 1998 6
 Bulgaria 1998 6
 Jamaica 1998 6
 Norway 1998 6
 Romania 1998 6
 Scotland 1998 6
 China 2002 5
 Republic of Ireland 2002 5
 Turkey 2002 5
 Angola 2006 4
 Czech Republic 2006 4
 Togo 2006 4
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 4
 Ukraine 2006 4
 New Zealand 2010 3
 North Korea 2010 3
 Paraguay 2010 3
 Slovakia 2010 3
 Slovenia 2010 3
 South Africa 2010 3