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
 Malta Withdrew






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
 Iceland Withdrew





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
 Lebanon Withdrew





Hungary qualified. This is the first time Austria failed to qualify. The previous absences of the Austrian team at World Cup were all due to withdrawals (1938, 1950, and 1962).

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.