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.
- 1 Europe
- 2 South America
- 3 North, Central America and Caribbean
- 4 Africa
- 5 Asia
- 6 Intercontinental Play-offs
- 7 Qualified teams
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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
|Sweden v Belgium 19 October 1960||Sweden||2 – 0||Belgium||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Report||Referee: Wharton (Scotland)
|Belgium v Switzerland 20 November 1960||Belgium||2 – 4||Switzerland||Brussels, Belgium|
|Referee: Seipelt (Austria)
|Switzerland v Belgium 20 May 1961||Switzerland||2 – 1||Belgium||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Ballaman||Report||Claessen||Referee: Dorogi (Hungary)
|Sweden v Switzerland 28 May 1961||Sweden||4 – 0||Switzerland||Stockholm, Sweden|
Börjesson 15', 75'
|Report||Referee: Scares (Portugal)
|Belgium v Sweden 4 October 1961||Belgium||0 – 2||Sweden||Brussels, Belgium|
|Report||Brodd 70', 78'||Referee: Guerra (Portugal)
|Switzerland v Sweden 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.
|Switzerland v Sweden 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
|Finland v France 25 September 1960||Finland||1 – 2||France||Helsinki, Finland|
|Pahlman 36' (pen.)||Report||Wisnieski 63'
|Referee: Malka (West Germany)
|France v Bulgaria 11 December 1960||France||3 – 0||Bulgaria||Colombes, France|
|Report||Stadium: Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Referee: Bonetto (Italy)
|Finland v Bulgaria 16 June 1961||Finland||0 – 2||Bulgaria||Helsinki, Finland|
Kolev 75' (pen.)
Referee: Latyshev (Soviet Union)
|France v Finland 28 September 1961||France||5 – 1||Finland||Paris, France|
|Faivre 6', 41'
|Report||Pahlman 44'||Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)
|Bulgaria v Finland 29 October 1961||Bulgaria||3 – 1||Finland||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Report||Pietiläinen 10'||Stadium: Vasil Levski
Referee: Baçar (Turkey)
|Bulgaria v France 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.
|Bulgaria v France 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
|Northern Ireland v West Germany 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)
|Greece v West Germany 20 November 1960||Greece||0 – 3||West Germany||Athens, Greece|
|Referee: Ehrlich (Yugoslavia)
|Greece v Northern Ireland 3 May 1961||Greece||2 – 1||Northern Ireland||Athens, Greece|
|Papaemmanouil 8' 64'||Report||McIlroy 81'||Referee: Priesner (Israel)
|West Germany v Northern Ireland 10 May 1961||West Germany||2 – 1||Northern Ireland||West Berlin|
|Report||McIlroy 69'||Referee: Lindberg (Sweden)
|Northern Ireland v Greece 17 October 1961||Northern Ireland||2 – 0||Greece||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|McLaughlin 28' 57'||Report||Referee: Bonetto (Italy)
|West Germany v Greece 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
|Hungary v East Germany 16 April 1961||Hungary||2 – 0||East Germany||Budapest, Hungary|
|Report||Referee: Takov (Bulgaria)
|Netherlands v Hungary 30 April 1961||Netherlands||0 – 3||Hungary||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Referee: Kingston (Wales)
|East Germany v Netherlands 14 May 1961||East Germany||1 – 1||Netherlands||Leipzig, East Germany|
|Erler 79'||Report||Groot 63'||Referee: Jörgensen (Denmark)
|East Germany v Hungary 10 September 1961||East Germany||2 – 3||Hungary||East Berlin|
P. Ducke 87'
|Referee: Lukianov (Soviet Union)
|Netherlands v East Germany 1 October 1961||Netherlands||Not Played||East Germany||Netherlands|
|Hungary v Netherlands 22 October 1961||Hungary||3 – 3||Netherlands||Budapest, Hungary|
|Report||Van de Linden 8' 14'
|Referee: Phillips (Scotland)
UEFA Group 5
|Norway v Turkey 1 June 1961||Norway||0 – 1||Turkey||Ullevaal, Oslo, Norway|
|Report||Oktay 16'||Referee: Hansen (Denmark)
|Soviet Union v Turkey 18 June 1961||Soviet Union||1 – 0||Turkey||Moscow, Soviet Union|
|Voronin 20'||Report||Referee: Hirviniemi (Finland)
|Soviet Union v Norway 1 July 1961||Soviet Union||5 – 2||Norway||Moscow, Soviet Union|
Bubukin 32', 66'
E. Hansen 87'
|Referee: Kowal (Poland)
|Norway v Soviet Union 23 August 1961||Norway||0 – 3||Soviet Union||Oslo, Norway|
|Referee: Meighan (Republic of Ireland)
|Turkey v Norway 29 October 1961||Turkey||2 – 1||Norway||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Report||Jensen 59'||Referee: Popa (Romania)
|Turkey v Soviet Union 12 November 1961||Turkey||1 – 2||Soviet Union||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Oktay 78'||Report||Gusarov 12'
|Referee: Verner (Israel)
Soviet Union qualified.
UEFA Group 6
|Luxembourg v England 19 October 1960||Luxembourg||0 – 9||England||Luxembourg, Luxembourg|
|Referee: Martens (Netherlands)
|Portugal v Luxembourg 19 March 1961||Portugal||6 – 0||Luxembourg||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Report||Referee: Mellet (Switzerland)
|Portugal v England 21 May 1961||Portugal||1 – 1||England||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Aguas||Report||Flowers||Referee: Bonetto (Italy)
|England v Luxembourg 28 September 1961||England||4 – 1||Luxembourg||London, England|
|Report||Dimmer||Referee: Versyp (Belgium)
|Luxembourg v Portugal 8 October 1961||Luxembourg||4 – 2||Portugal||Luxembourg, Luxembourg|
|Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)
|England v Portugal 25 October 1961||England||2 – 0||Portugal||London, England|
|Report||Referee: Bois (France)
UEFA Group 7
|Cyprus v Israel 13 November 1960||Cyprus||1 – 1||Israel||Nicosia, Cyprus|
|Shialis||Report||Kofman 31'||Referee: Bajić (Yugoslavia)
|Israel v Cyprus 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.
|Israel v Ethiopia 14 March 1961||Israel||1 – 0||Ethiopia||Tel-Aviv, Israel|
|Glazer 69'||Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)
|Israel v Ethiopia 19 March 1961||Israel||3 – 2||Ethiopia||Haifa, Israel|
|Glazer 27', 77'
|Referee: Pósa (Hungary)
Israel advanced to the Final Round.
|Israel v Italy 15 October 1961||Israel||2 – 4||Italy||Tel-Aviv, Israel|
|Report||Lojacono 53' (pen.)
Corso 87', 90'
|Referee: Takow (Bulgaria)
|Italy v Israel 4 November 1961||Italy||6 – 0||Israel||Turin, Italy|
|Sivori 16', 52', 65', 88'
|Report||Referee: Asensi Martin (Spain)
|First Round||Second Round||Final|
|Ethiopia|| 0 2
UEFA Group 8
|3||Republic of Ireland||0||4||0||0||4||3||17||−14|
|Scotland v Republic of Ireland 3 May 1961||Scotland||4 – 1||Republic of Ireland||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Report||Haverty||Referee: Guigue (France)
|Republic of Ireland v Scotland 7 May 1961||Republic of Ireland||0 – 3||Scotland||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Referee: Grandain (Belgium)
|Czechoslovakia v Scotland 14 May 1961||Czechoslovakia||4 – 0||Scotland||Bratislava, Czechoslovakia|
|Report||Referee: Steiner (Austria)
|Scotland v Czechoslovakia 29 September 1961||Scotland||3 – 2||Czechoslovakia||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Referee: Gulliksen (Norway)
|Republic of Ireland v Czechoslovakia 8 October 1961||Republic of Ireland||1 – 3||Czechoslovakia||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|Referee: Holland (England)
|Czechoslovakia v Republic of Ireland 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.
|Czechoslovakia v Scotland 29 November 1961||Czechoslovakia||4 – 2
|Report||St. John 38', 71'||Referee: Versyp (Belgium)
UEFA Group 9
|Wales v Spain 19 April 1961||Wales||1 – 2||Spain||Cardiff, Wales|
|Referee: Reymaeckers (Belgium)
|Spain v Wales 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
|Yugoslavia v Poland 4 June 1961||Yugoslavia||2 – 1||Poland||Belgrade, Yugoslavia|
|Kaloperović 42' (pen.)
|Report||Brychczy 65'||Referee: Stathatos (Greece)
|Poland v Yugoslavia 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
|Ecuador v Argentina 4 December 1960||Ecuador||3 – 6||Argentina||Guayaquil, Ecuador|
Raffo 83', 85'
|Corbatta 5' (pen.) 40'
Sanfilippo 12' 47'
|Referee: Robles (Chile)
|Argentina v Ecuador 17 December 1960||Argentina||5 – 0||Ecuador||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Gómez 6' (o.g.)
Corbatta 55' (pen.)
|Referee: Robles (Chile)
CONMEBOL Group 2
|Bolivia v Uruguay 15 July 1961||Bolivia||1 – 1||Uruguay||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Alcócer 54'||L. Cubilla 23'||Referee: Robles (Chile)
|Uruguay v Bolivia 30 July 1961||Uruguay||2 – 1||Bolivia||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Camacho 65'||Referee: Robles (Chile)
CONMEBOL Group 3
|Colombia v Peru 30 April 1961||Colombia||1 – 0||Peru||Bogotá, Colombia|
|Escobar||Referee: Praddaude (Argentina)
|Peru v Colombia 7 May 1961||Peru||1 – 1||Colombia||Lima, Peru|
|Delgado 2'||H. González 68'||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
|United States v Mexico 6 November 1960||United States||3 – 3||Mexico||Los Angeles, United States|
Reyes 17', 21'
|Referee: Kulai (Canada)
|Mexico v United States 13 November 1960||Mexico||3 – 0||United States||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Referee: Sanchez (Honduras)
Mexico advanced to the Final Round.
|Costa Rica v Guatemala 21 August 1960||Costa Rica||3 – 2||Guatemala||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|Guatemala v Costa Rica 28 August 1960||Guatemala||4 – 4||Costa Rica||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Contreras 13' 49' 79'
|Jimenez 18' 57'
Ulloa 35' 81'
|Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|Honduras v Costa Rica 4 September 1960||Honduras||2 – 1||Costa Rica||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Rodriguez||Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|Costa Rica v Honduras 11 September 1960||Costa Rica||5 – 0||Honduras||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|Honduras v Guatemala 25 September 1960||Honduras||1 – 1||Guatemala||Tegucigalpa, Honduras|
|Suazo 59'||Contreras||Referee: Mendez (El Salvador)
|Guatemala v Honduras 2 October 1960||Guatemala||0 – 2
|Honduras||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Costa Rica v Honduras 14 January 1961||Costa Rica||1 – 0||Honduras||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Rodriguez||Referee: Buergo Elcuaz (Mexico)
Costa Rica advanced to the Final Round.
|Dutch Guyana v Netherlands Antilles 2 October 1960||Dutch Guyana||1 – 2||Netherlands Antilles||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|Referee: Orrego (Colombia)
|Netherlands Antilles v Dutch Guyana 27 November 1960||Netherlands Antilles||0 – 0||Dutch Guyana||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
|Referee: Yamasaki (Peru)
Netherlands Antilles advanced to the Final Round.
CCCF/NAFC Final Round
|Costa Rica v Mexico 22 March 1961||Costa Rica||1 – 0||Mexico||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Goban 51'||Referee: Queiroz (Brazil)
|Costa Rica v Netherlands Antilles 29 March 1961||Costa Rica||6 – 0||Netherlands Antilles||San Jose, Costa Rica|
|Referee: Tejada Burga (Peru)
|Mexico v Netherlands Antilles 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)
|Mexico v Costa Rica 12 April 1961||Mexico||4 – 1||Costa Rica||Mexico City, Mexico|
|F. Flores 11'
C. utierrez 77'
|Ulloa 54'||Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)
|Netherlands Antilles v Costa Rica 23 April 1961||Netherlands Antilles||2 – 0||Costa Rica||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
|Referee: Trapote López (Venezuela)
|Netherlands Antilles v Mexico 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|
|Morocco v Tunisia 30 October 1960||Morocco||2 – 1||Tunisia||Casablanca, Morocco|
|Meddeb 43'||Referee: Blanco Perez (Spain)
|Tunisia v Morocco 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.
|Morocco v Tunisia 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.
|Ghana v Nigeria 28 August 1960||Ghana||4 – 1||Nigeria||Accra, Ghana|
|Fayemi 50'||Referee: Holland (England)
|Nigeria v Ghana 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.
|Ghana v Morocco 2 April 1961||Ghana||0 – 0||Morocco||Accra, Ghana|
|Referee: Helmy (Egypt)
|Morocco v Ghana 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
|South Korea v Japan 6 November 1960||South Korea||2 – 1||Japan||Seoul, Korea Republic|
|Referee: Kim Duck-Chun (Korea Republic)
|Japan v South Korea 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
|Morocco v Spain 12 November 1961||Morocco||0 – 1||Spain||Casablanca, Morocco|
|del Sol 80'||Referee: Mellet (Switzerland)
|Spain v Morocco 23 November 1961||Spain||3 – 2||Morocco||Madrid, Spain|
Di Stéfano 44'
|Referee: Jonni (Italy)
UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off
|Yugoslavia v South Korea 8 October 1961||Yugoslavia||5 – 1||South Korea||Belgrade, Yugoslavia|
|Chang Sun-Chen||Referee: Ioannidis (Greece)
|South Korea v Yugoslavia 26 November 1961||South Korea||1 – 3||Yugoslavia||Seoul, Korea Republic|
|Referee: Mak Xeun Fei (Hong Kong)
CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off
|Mexico v Paraguay 29 October 1961||Mexico||1 – 0||Paraguay||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Reyes 20'||Referee: Van Rosberg (Netherlands Antilles)
|Paraguay v Mexico 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.