1966 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The 32 teams were divided into 9 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (four groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Belgium 6 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8
1=  Bulgaria 6 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3
3  Israel 0 4 0 0 4 1 12 −11






Belgium and Bulgaria finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Bulgaria qualified.

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  West Germany 7 4 3 1 0 14 2 +12
2  Sweden 5 4 2 1 1 10 3 +7
3  Cyprus 0 4 0 0 4 0 19 −19





West Germany qualified.

Group 3[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  France 10 6 5 0 1 9 2 +7
2  Norway 7 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5
3  Yugoslavia 7 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2
4  Luxembourg 0 6 0 0 6 6 20 −14











France qualified.

Group 4[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Portugal 9 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5
2  Czechoslovakia 7 6 3 1 2 12 4 +8
3  Romania 6 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2
4  Turkey 2 6 1 0 5 4 19 −15











Portugal qualified.

Group 5[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Switzerland 9 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4
2  Northern Ireland 8 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4
3  Netherlands 6 6 2 2 2 6 4 +2
4  Albania 1 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10











Switzerland qualified.

Group 6[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Hungary 7 4 3 1 0 8 3 +5
2  East Germany 4 4 1 2 1 5 5 0
3  Austria 1 4 0 1 3 1 6 −5





Hungary qualified.

Group 7[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Soviet Union 10 6 5 0 1 19 6 +13
2  Wales 6 6 3 0 3 11 9 +2
3  Greece 5 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4
4  Denmark 3 6 1 1 4 7 18 −11











Soviet Union qualified.

Group 8[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Italy 9 6 4 1 1 17 3 +14
2  Scotland 7 6 3 1 2 8 8 0
3  Poland 6 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1
4  Finland 2 6 1 0 5 5 20 −15











Italy qualified.

Group 9[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Spain 2 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
1=  Republic of Ireland 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2
Iraq Syria withdrew

Syria withdrew to support the African teams who withdrew in protest at the of allocation of spots. Republic of Ireland and Spain finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify. This match was initially to be played in London, a city with a large Irish immigrant population, but the Spanish and Irish football associations later came to an agreement and moved the match to Paris.[citation needed]

Spain qualified.