1982 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian and Oceanian zone (AFC and OFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 21 AFC and OFC teams entered the competition. However, Iran withdrew before the draw was made. The Asian and Oceanian zone was allocated 2 places (out of 24) in the final tournament.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The remaining 20 teams would be divided into 4 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:
    • Group 1 had 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
    • Group 2 had 5 teams. The teams played against each other once in Saudi Arabia. The group winner would qualify.
    • Group 3 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other once in Kuwait. The group winner would qualify.
    • Group 4 had 6 teams. All matches were played in Hong Kong. There would be four stages of play:
      • Classification matches: All teams would be paired up to play preliminary matches to determine group classification.
      • Group stage: Based on the results of the classification matches, the 6 teams were divided into 2 groups of 3 teams each. The teams played against each other once. The group winners and runners-up would advance to the semifinals.
      • Semifinals: The winner of Group A played against the runner-up of Group B in a single match, and the winner of Group B played against the runner-up of Group A in a single match. The winners would advance to the Final.
      • Final: The 2 teams played against each other in a single match. The winner would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 4 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.

First Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  New Zealand 14 8 6 2 0 31 3 +28
2  Australia 10 8 4 2 2 22 9 +13
3  Indonesia 6 8 2 2 4 5 14 −9
4  Chinese Taipei 5 8 1 3 4 5 8 −3
5  Fiji 5 8 1 3 4 6 35 −29



















New Zealand advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Saudi Arabia 8 4 4 0 0 5 0 +5
2  Iraq 6 4 3 0 1 5 2 +3
3  Qatar 4 4 2 0 2 5 3 +2
4  Bahrain 2 4 1 0 3 1 6 −5
5  Syria 0 4 0 0 4 2 7 −5









Saudi Arabia advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Kuwait 6 3 3 0 0 12 0 +12
2  South Korea 4 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3
3  Malaysia 1 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5
4  Thailand 1 3 0 1 2 3 13 −10





Kuwait advanced to the Final Round.

Group 4[edit]

Classification matches[edit]



Based on the results, China PR, Japan and Macau were placed in Group A, while Hong Kong, Korea DPR and Singapore were placed in Group B.

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  China PR 4 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
2  Japan 2 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
3  Macau 0 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6


China and Japan advanced to the Group 4 Semifinals.

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  North Korea 3 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1
2  Hong Kong 2 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
3  Singapore 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1


Korea DPR and Hong Kong advanced to the Group 4 Semifinals.

Semifinals[edit]

Korea DPR advanced to the Group 4 Final.


China PR advanced to the Group 4 Final on penalties.

Final[edit]

China PR advanced to the Final Round.

Final Round[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Kuwait 9 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2
2=  New Zealand 7 6 2 3 1 11 6 +5
2=  China PR 7 6 3 1 2 9 4 +5
4  Saudi Arabia 1 6 0 1 5 4 16 −12











Final Round Play-off[edit]

China PR and New Zealand finished level on points and goal difference, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Kuwait and New Zealand qualified.

Notes[edit]

  • As of 2014, this was the last time that South Korea failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup.

See also[edit]