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1966 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Teams  74
Matches played  127
Start date  1966
Goals scored  393
1966 FIFA World Cup qualification
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1966 fifa world cup qualification


A total of 74 teams entered the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. England, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

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The 16 spots available in the 1966 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 10 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier England, while the other 9 places were contested by 32 teams (including Israel and Syria).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Brazil, while the other 3 places were contested by 9 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 1 place, contested by 10 teams.
  • Africa and Asia (CAF/AFC): 1 place, contested by 18 teams (including Australia from Oceania).
  • A total of 51 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 127 qualifying matches were played, and 393 goals were scored (an average of 3.09 per match).

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

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    Continental Zones

    To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

  • Europe (UEFA)
  • Group 1 - Bulgaria qualified. Group 2 - West Germany qualified. Group 3 - France qualified. Group 4 - Portugal qualified. Group 5 - Switzerland qualified. Group 6 - Hungary qualified. Group 7 - Soviet Union qualified. Group 8 - Italy qualified. Group 9 - Spain qualified.
  • South America (CONMEBOL)
  • Group 1 - Uruguay qualified. Group 2 - Chile qualified. Group 3 - Argentina qualified.
  • North America (CONCACAF)
  • Mexico qualified.
  • Africa (AFC), Asia (AFC) and Oceania (OFC)
  • North Korea qualified.

    Qualified teams

    The following 16 teams qualified for the 1966 FIFA World Cup:

    (h) - qualified automatically as hosts

    (c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

    References

    1966 FIFA World Cup qualification Wikipedia


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