1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
|Teams||56 (from 6 confederations)|
|Goals scored||325 (3.53 per match)|
A total of 56 teams entered the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Chile, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.
As with previous World Cups, the rules of the qualification rounds were quite confusing. Moreover, the winners of the four weakest continental zones: North America (NAFC), Central America and Caribbean (CCCF), Africa (CAF) and Asia (AFC), were not guaranteed direct spots in the final tournament. Instead, each of them had to enter a play-off against a team from either Europe (UEFA) or South America (CONMEBOL), with the winners of the three play-offs qualifying.
The 16 spots available in the 1962 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:
- Europe (UEFA): 8 direct places + 2 spots in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against teams from CAF and AFC), contested by 30 teams (including Israel and Ethiopia).
- South America (CONMEBOL): 5 direct places + 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CCCF/NAFC); 2 direct places went to automatic qualifiers Chile and Brazil, while the other 3.5 places were contested by 7 teams.
- North, Central America and Caribbean (CCCF/NAFC): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL), contested by 8 teams.
- Africa (CAF): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA), contested by 6 teams.
- Asia (AFC): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA), contested by 3 teams.
A total of 49 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 92 qualifying matches were played, and 325 goals were scored (an average of 3.53 per match).
Listed below are the dates and results of the qualification rounds.
The 30 teams were divided into 10 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:
- Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 had 3 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
- Group 7 had 5 teams. The teams played in a knockout tournament, with matches on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
- Group 9 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA / CAF Intercontinental Play-off.
- Group 10 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off.
UEFA Group 1
|19 October 1960||Sweden||2 – 0||Belgium||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Report||Referee: Wharton (Scotland)
|20 November 1960||Belgium||2 – 4||Switzerland||Brussels, Belgium|
|Referee: Seipelt (Austria)
|20 May 1961||Switzerland||2 – 1||Belgium||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Ballaman||Report||Claessen||Referee: Dorogi (Hungary)
|28 May 1961||Sweden||4 – 0||Switzerland||Stockholm, Sweden|
Börjesson 15', 75'
|Report||Referee: Scares (Portugal)
|4 October 1961||Belgium||0 – 2||Sweden||Brussels, Belgium|
|Report||Brodd 70', 78'||Referee: Guerra (Portugal)
|29 October 1961||Switzerland||3 – 2||Sweden||Bern, Switzerland|
|Referee: Aston (England)
Sweden and Switzerland finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.
|12 November 1961||Switzerland||2 – 1||Sweden||West Berlin|
|Report||Brodd 20'||Referee: Dusch (West Germany)
Switzerland qualified for FIFA World Cup 1962 in Chile
UEFA Group 2
|25 September 1960||Finland||1 – 2||France||Helsinki, Finland|
|Pahlman 36' (pen.)||Report||Wisnieski 63'
|Referee: Malka (West Germany)
|11 December 1960||France||3 – 0||Bulgaria||Colombes, France|
|Report||Stadium: Stade Olympique
Referee: Bonetto (Italy)
|16 June 1961||Finland||0 – 2||Bulgaria||Helsinki, Finland|
Kolev 75' (pen.)
Referee: Latyshev (Soviet Union)
|28 September 1961||France||5 – 1||Finland||Paris, France|
|Faivre 6', 41'
|Report||Pahlman 44'||Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)
|29 October 1961||Bulgaria||3 – 1||Finland||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Report||Pietiläinen 10'||Stadium: Vasil Levski
Referee: Baçar (Turkey)
|12 November 1961||Bulgaria||1 – 0||France||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Iliev 89'||Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski
Referee: Fend (Czechoslovakia)
Bulgaria and France finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.
|16 December 1961||Bulgaria||1 – 0||France||Milan, Italy|
|Yakimov 47'||Report||Stadium: San Siro
Referee: Lo Bello (Italy)
Bulgaria qualified for FIFA World Cup 1962 in Chile
UEFA Group 3
|26 October 1960||Northern Ireland||3 – 4||West Germany||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|McAdams 27' 51' 90'||Report||Brülls 7'
Dörfel 55' 79'
|Referee: Horn (Netherlands)
|20 November 1960||Greece||0 – 3||West Germany||Athens, Greece|
|Referee: Ehrlich (Yugoslavia)
|3 May 1961||Greece||2 – 1||Northern Ireland||Athens, Greece|
|Papaemmanouil||Report||McIlroy||Referee: Priesner (Israel)
|10 May 1961||West Germany||2 – 1||Northern Ireland||West Berlin|
|Report||McIlroy 69'||Referee: Lindberg (Sweden)
|17 October 1961||Northern Ireland||2 – 0||Greece||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|McLaughlin||Report||Referee: Bonetto (Italy)
|22 October 1961||West Germany||2 – 1||Greece||Augsburg, West Germany|
|Seeler 5' 27'||Report||Papaemmanouil 59'||Referee: Nilsen (Norway)
West Germany qualified.
UEFA Group 4
|16 April 1961||Hungary||2 – 0||East Germany||Budapest, Hungary|
|Report||Referee: Takov (Bulgaria)
|30 April 1961||Netherlands||0 – 3||Hungary||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Referee: Kingston (Wales)
|14 May 1961||East Germany||1 – 1||Netherlands||Leipzig, East Germany|
|Erler 79'||Report||Groot 63'||Referee: Jörgensen (Denmark)
|10 September 1961||East Germany||2 – 3||Hungary||East Berlin|
P. Ducke 87'
|Referee: Lukianov (Soviet Union)
|1 October 1961||Netherlands||Not Played||East Germany||Netherlands|
|22 October 1961||Hungary||3 – 3||Netherlands||Budapest, Hungary|
|Report||Van de Linden 8' 14'
|Referee: Phillips (Scotland)
UEFA Group 5
|1 June 1961||Norway||0 – 1||Turkey||Ullevaal, Oslo, Norway|
|Report||Oktay 16'||Referee: Hansen (Denmark)
|18 June 1961||Soviet Union||1 – 0||Turkey||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Voronin 20'||Report||Referee: Hirviniemi (Finland)
|1 July 1961||Soviet Union||5 – 2||Norway||Moscow, Soviet Union|
Bubukin 32', 66'
E. Hansen 87'
|Referee: Kowal (Poland)
|23 August 1961||Norway||0 – 3||Soviet Union||Oslo, Norway|
|Referee: Meighan (Republic of Ireland)
|29 October 1961||Turkey||2 – 1||Norway||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Report||Jensen 59'||Referee: Popa (Romania)
|12 November 1961||Turkey||1 – 2||Soviet Union||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Oktay 78'||Report||Gusarov 12'
|Referee: Verner (Israel)
Soviet Union qualified.
UEFA Group 6
|19 October 1960||Luxembourg||0 – 9||England||Luxembourg, Luxembourg|
|Referee: Martens (Netherlands)
|19 March 1961||Portugal||6 – 0||Luxembourg||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Report||Referee: Mellet (Switzerland)
|21 May 1961||Portugal||1 – 1||England||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Aguas||Report||Flowers||Referee: Bonetto (Italy)
|28 September 1961||England||4 – 1||Luxembourg||London, England|
|Report||Dimmer||Referee: Versyp (Belgium)
|8 October 1961||Luxembourg||4 – 2||Portugal||Luxembourg, Luxembourg|
|Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)
|25 October 1961||England||2 – 0||Portugal||London, England|
|Report||Referee: Bois (France)
UEFA Group 7
|13 November 1960||Cyprus||1 – 1||Israel||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Shialis||Report||Kofman 31'||Referee: Bajić (Yugoslavia)
|27 November 1960||Israel||6 – 1||Cyprus||Tel-Aviv, Israel|
|Levi 14', 30', 66'
Stelmach 61', 88'
|Report||Shialis||Referee: Bajić (Yugoslavia)
Israel advanced to the Second Round.
Romania withdrew, so Italy advanced to the Final Round automatically.
|14 March 1961||Israel||1 – 0||Ethiopia||Tel-Aviv, Israel|
|Glazer 69'||Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)
|19 March 1961||Israel||3 – 2||Ethiopia||Haifa, Israel|
|Glazer 27', 77'
|Referee: Pósa (Hungary)
Israel advanced to the Final Round.
|15 October 1961||Israel||2 – 4||Italy||Tel-Aviv, Israel|
|Report||Lojacono 53' (pen.)
Corso 87', 90'
|Referee: Takow (Bulgaria)
|4 November 1961||Italy||6 – 0||Israel||Turin, Italy|
|Sivori 16', 52', 65', 88'
|Report||Referee: Asensi Martin (Spain)
UEFA Group 8
|3||Republic of Ireland||0||4||0||0||4||3||17||−14|
|3 May 1961||Scotland||4 – 1||Republic of Ireland||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Report||Haverty||Referee: Guigue (France)
|7 May 1961||Republic of Ireland||0 – 3||Scotland||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Referee: Grandain (Belgium)
|14 May 1961||Czechoslovakia||4 – 0||Scotland||Bratislava, Czechoslovakia|
|Report||Referee: Steiner (Austria)
|29 September 1961||Scotland||3 – 2||Czechoslovakia||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Referee: Gulliksen (Norway)
|8 October 1961||Republic of Ireland||1 – 3||Czechoslovakia||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Referee: Holland (England)
|29 October 1961||Czechoslovakia||7 – 1||Republic of Ireland||Prague, Czechoslovakia|
|Report||Fogarty||Referee: Lundell (Sweden)
Czechoslovakia and Scotland finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.
|29 November 1961||Czechoslovakia||4 – 2
|Report||St. John 38', 71'||Referee: Versyp (Belgium)
UEFA Group 9
|19 April 1961||Wales||1 – 2||Spain||Cardiff, Wales|
|Referee: Reymaeckers (Belgium)
|18 May 1961||Spain||1 – 1||Wales||Madrid, Spain|
|Peiró||Report||Allchurch||Referee: Horn (Netherlands)
Spain advanced to the UEFA / CAF Intercontinental Play-off.
UEFA Group 10
|4 June 1961||Yugoslavia||2 – 1||Poland||Belgrade, Yugoslavia|
|Kaloperović 42' (pen.)
|Report||Brychczy 65'||Referee: Stathatos (Greece)
|25 June 1961||Poland||1 – 1||Yugoslavia||Chorzów, Poland|
|J. Schmidt 29'||Report||Galić 2'||Referee: Korelus (Czechoslovakia)
Yugoslavia advanced to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off.
Among the 7 teams, Paraguay were drawn to play in the CONMEBOL / CCCF / NAFC Intercontinental Play-off. The remaining 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
CONMEBOL Group 1
|4 December 1960||Ecuador||3 – 6||Argentina||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
Raffo 83', 85'
|Corbatta 5' (pen.) 40'
Sanfilippo 12' 47'
|Referee: Robles (Chile)
|17 December 1960||Argentina||5 – 0||Ecuador||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Gómez 6' (o.g.)
Corbatta 55' (pen.)
|Referee: Robles (Chile)
CONMEBOL Group 2
|15 July 1961||Bolivia||1 – 1||Uruguay||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Alcócer 54'||L. Cubilla 23'||Referee: Robles (Chile)
|30 July 1961||Uruguay||2 – 1||Bolivia||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Camacho 65'||Referee: Robles (Chile)
CONMEBOL Group 3
|30 April 1961||Colombia||1 – 0||Peru||Bogotá, Colombia|
|Gonzalez||Referee: Praddaude (Argentina)
|7 May 1961||Peru||1 – 1||Colombia||Lima, Peru|
|Delgado 3'||Aceros||Referee: Marino (Uruguay)
North, Central America and Caribbean
There would be two rounds of play:
- First Round: The remaining 7 teams (Canada withdrew before the matches began) were divided into 3 groups of 2 or 3 teams each (Group 1 with teams from Northern America and Mexico, Group 2 with teams from Central America and Group 3 with teams from Caribbean). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
- Final Round: The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off.
CCCF/NAFC First Round
|6 November 1960||United States||3 – 3||Mexico||Los Angeles, United States|
Reyes 17', 21'
|Referee: Kulai (Canada)
|13 November 1960||Mexico||3 – 0||United States||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Referee: Sanchez (Honduras)
Mexico advanced to the Final Round.
|21 August 1960||Costa Rica||3 – 2||Guatemala||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|28 August 1960||Guatemala||4 – 4||Costa Rica||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Contreras 13' 49' 79'
|Jimenez 18' 57'
Ulloa 35' 81'
|Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|4 September 1960||Honduras||2 – 1||Costa Rica||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Rodriguez||Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|11 September 1960||Costa Rica||5 – 0||Honduras||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|25 September 1960||Honduras||1 – 1||Guatemala||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Suazo 59'||Contreras||Referee: Mendez (El Salvador)
|2 October 1960||Guatemala||0 – 2
|Honduras||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|14 January 1961||Costa Rica||1 – 0||Honduras||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Rodriguez||Referee: Buergo Elcuaz (Mexico)
Costa Rica advanced to the Final Round.
|2 October 1960||Suriname||1 – 2||Netherlands Antilles||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|Referee: Orrego (Colombia)
|27 November 1960||Netherlands Antilles||0 – 0||Suriname||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
|Referee: Yamasaki (Peru)
Netherlands Antilles advanced to the Final Round.
CCCF/NAFC Final Round
|22 March 1961||Costa Rica||1 – 0||Mexico||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Goban 51'||Referee: Queiroz (Brazil)
|29 March 1961||Costa Rica||6 – 0||Netherlands Antilles||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Tejada Burga (Peru)
|5 April 1961||Mexico||7 – 0||Netherlands Antilles||Mexico City, Mexico|
|F. Flores 28', 52', 64'
Reyes 45', 75'
Palmer 65', 80'
|Referee: Morgan (Canada)
|12 April 1961||Mexico||4 – 1||Costa Rica||Mexico City, Mexico|
|F. Flores 11'
C. utierrez 77'
|Ulloa 54'||Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|23 April 1961||Netherlands Antilles||2 – 0||Costa Rica||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
|Referee: Trapote López (Venezuela)
|21 May 1961||Netherlands Antilles||0 – 0||Mexico||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
|Referee: Goldstein (United States)
Mexico advanced to the CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off.
There would be two rounds of play:
- First Round: The 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
- Final Round: The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off.
CAF First Round
|—||United Arab Republic||withdrew|
|30 October 1960||Morocco||2 – 1||Tunisia||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Meddeb 43'||Referee: Blanco Perez (Spain)
|13 November 1960||Tunisia||2 – 1||Morocco||Tunis, Tunisia|
|Chicha 64'||Referee: Steiner (Austria)
Morocco and Tunisia finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.
|22 January 1961||Morocco||1 – 1
|Azhar 36'||Kerrit 89'||Referee: Lo Bello (Italy)
Morocco advanced to the Final Round by winning a coin toss.
|28 August 1960||Ghana||4 – 1||Nigeria||Accra, Ghana|
|Fayemi 50'||Referee: Holland (England)
|10 September 1960||Nigeria||2 – 2||Ghana||Lagos, Nigeria|
Fayemi 75' (pen.)
|Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)
Ghana advanced to the Final Round.
CAF Final Round
Only 2 teams competed due to the withdrawals of both teams in Group 1.
|2 April 1961||Ghana||0 – 0||Morocco||Accra, Ghana|
|Referee: Helmy (Egypt)
|28 May 1961||Morocco||1 – 0||Ghana||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Khalli||Referee: Blanco Perez (Spain)
Morocco advanced to the UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off.
There would be only one round of play. The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.
AFC Final Round
|6 November 1960||South Korea||2 – 1||Japan||Seoul, Korea Republic|
|Referee: Kim Duck-Chun (Korea Republic)
|11 June 1961||Japan||0 – 2||South Korea||Tokyo, Japan|
|Referee: Pratlett (Hong Kong)
Korea Republic advanced to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.
In each play-off, the teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.
UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off
|12 November 1961||Morocco||0 – 1||Spain||Casablanca, Morocco|
|del Sol 80'||Referee: Mellet (Switzerland)
|23 November 1961||Spain||3 – 2||Morocco||Madrid, Spain|
Di Stéfano 44'
|Referee: Jonni (Italy)
UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off
|8 October 1961||Yugoslavia||5 – 1||South Korea||Belgrade, Yugoslavia|
|Chang Sun-Chen||Referee: Ioannidis (Greece)
|26 November 1961||South Korea||1 – 3||Yugoslavia||Seoul, Korea Republic|
|Referee: Mak Xeun Fei (Hong Kong)
CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off
|29 October 1961||Mexico||1 – 0||Paraguay||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Reyes 20'||Referee: Van Rosberg (Netherlands Antilles)
|5 November 1961||Paraguay||0 – 0||Mexico||Asunción, Paraguay|
|Referee: Vaga Albergati (Uruguay)
|Team||Finals Appearance||Streak||Last Appearance|
(h) - qualified automatically as host nation
(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions
- Netherlands v. East Germany was not played as due to visa problems; the East German players were not allowed to enter the Netherlands. Hungary was already de facto qualified with three wins, and no other date was arranged.
- FIFA awarded Honduras a 2-0 win because Guatemala forfeited.