|Matches played 306||Goals scored 797 (2.6 per match)|
|Teams 109 (from 6 confederations)|
A total of 109 teams entered the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, which began with the preliminary qualification draw on 14 October 1979 at Zürich, competing for a total of 24 spots in the final tournament, an increase from 16 in the previous World Cups. Spain, as the hosts, and Argentina, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition.
The 24 spots available in the 1982 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:
A total of 103 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 306 qualifying matches were played, and 797 goals were scored (an average of 2.60 per match).
To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:
The following 24 teams qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup:
(h) - qualified automatically as hosts
(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions