| Eusébio (7 goals)|
| 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification, 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification, 1950 FIFA World Cup qualification, 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification, 1934 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.
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.
1966 FIFA World Cup qualification Wikipedia
To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:Europe (UEFA)
Group 1 - Bulgaria
Group 2 - West Germany
Group 3 - France
Group 4 - Portugal
Group 5 - Switzerland
Group 6 - Hungary
Group 7 - Soviet Union
Group 8 - Italy
Group 9 - Spain
South America (CONMEBOL)
Group 1 - Uruguay
Group 2 - Chile
Group 3 - Argentina
North America (CONCACAF)
Africa (AFC), Asia (AFC) and Oceania (OFC)
The following 16 teams qualified for the 1966 FIFA World Cup:
(h) - qualified automatically as hosts
(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions