List of national teams with no FIFA World Cup appearances

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Cyprus national team (pictured in 2012) have taken part in every qualification tournament since 1962, but never qualified for the finals.

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The first tournament took place in 1930 and it has occurred every four years since then, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.

Every World Cup tournament other than the first has involved a qualification phase to determine which teams qualify for the tournament itself, often referred to as the World Cup finals (as distinct from the World Cup final, which refers to the final match of the tournament, played to determine the overall winners). As of the 2014 tournament, 133 of the 209 current FIFA affiliates have not appeared in a World Cup finals tournament. In the tables below all qualification tournaments where the national team played at least one game are counted as attempts to qualify, even if the team subsequently withdrew. Withdrawals before the start of the qualification are excluded, as are occasions where teams withdrew or were disqualified during their campaign and had all their results from that campaign annulled.

By confederation[edit]

AFC countries[edit]

35 out of the 46 active FIFA and AFC members haven't appeared in the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number First Last
 Syria 13 1950 2014
 Hong Kong 11 1974 2014
 Malaysia 11 1974 2014
 Thailand 11 1974 2014
 Chinese Taipei 10 1978 2014
 Qatar 10 1978 2014
 Singapore 10 1978 2014
 Bahrain 9 1978 2014
 Bangladesh 8 1986 2014
 Jordan 8 1986 2014
 Macau 8 1982 2014
 Yemennote a 8 1986 2014
 India 7 1986 2014
 Oman 7 1990 2014
 Pakistan 7 1990 2014
 Lebanon 6 1994 2014
   Nepal 6 1986 2014
 Sri Lanka 6 1994 2014
 Vietnam 6 1994 2014
 Kyrgyzstan 5 1998 2014
 Maldives 5 1998 2014
 Tajikistan 5 1998 2014
 Turkmenistan 5 1998 2014
 Uzbekistan 5 1998 2014
 Cambodia 4 1998 2014
 Mongolia 4 2002 2014
 Palestine 4 2002 2014
 Afghanistan 3 2006 2014
 Laos 3 2002 2014
 Philippines 3 1998 2014
 Brunei 2 1986 2002
 Myanmar 2 2010 2014
 Timor-Leste 2 2010 2014
 Guam 1 2002 2002
 Bhutan 0
note a Figures include  North Yemen records.

CAF countries[edit]

41 out of the 54 active FIFA and CAF members haven't appeared in the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number First Last
 Zambia 12 1970 2014
 Guinea 11 1974 2014
 Kenya 11 1974 2014
 Sudan 11 1958 2014
 Ethiopia 10 1962 2014
 Zimbabwe 10 1970 2014
 Libya 9 1970 2014
 Malawi 9 1978 2014
 Sierra Leone 9 1974 2014
 Congo 8 1974 2014
 Liberia 8 1982 2014
 Madagascar 8 1982 2014
 Tanzania 8 1974 2014
 Uganda 8 1978 2014
 Benin 7 1974 2014
 Burkina Faso 7 1978 2014
 Gabon 7 1990 2014
 Gambia 7 1982 2014
 Mozambique 7 1982 2014
 Lesotho 6 1974 2014
 Mauritius 6 1974 2010
 Namibia 6 1994 2014
 Niger 6 1978 2014
 Swaziland 6 1994 2014
 Botswana 5 1994 2014
 Burundi 5 1994 2014
 Guinea-Bissau 5 1998 2014
 Mauritania 5 1978 2010
 Rwanda 5 1998 2014
 Somalia 5 1982 2014
 Cape Verde 4 2002 2014
 Chad 4 2002 2014
 Equatorial Guinea 4 2002 2014
 Mali 4 2002 2014
 Seychelles 4 2002 2014
 Djibouti 3 2002 2014
 Eritrea 3 2002 2014
 São Tomé and Príncipe 3 2002 2014
 Central African Republic 2 2002 2014
 Comoros 2 2010 2014
 South Sudan 0

CONCACAF countries[edit]

25 out of the 35 active FIFA and CONCACAF members haven't appeared in the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number First Last
 Curaçaonote b 15 1958 2014
 Guatemala 14 1958 2014
 Suriname 13 1962 2014
 Panama 10 1978 2014
 Antigua and Barbuda 9 1974 2014
 Guyana 9 1978 2014
 Puerto Rico 8 1974 2014
 Barbados 7 1978 2014
 Dominican Republic 7 1978 2014
 Bermuda 6 1970 2014
 Grenada 6 1982 2014
 Nicaragua 6 1994 2014
 Saint Lucia 6 1994 2014
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6 1994 2014
 Aruba 5 1998 2014
 Belize 5 1998 2014
 Cayman Islands 5 1998 2014
 Dominica 5 1998 2014
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 5 1998 2014
 Anguilla 4 2002 2014
 Bahamas 4 2002 2014
 British Virgin Islands 4 2002 2014
 Montserrat 4 2002 2014
 Turks and Caicos Islands 4 2002 2014
 U.S. Virgin Islands 4 2002 2014
note b Figures include  Netherlands Antilles records.

CONMEBOL countries[edit]

Only one of the 10 active FIFA and CONMEBOL members has never appeared in the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number First Last
 Venezuela 12 1966 2014

OFC countries[edit]

10 out of the 11 active FIFA and OFC members haven't appeared in the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number First Last
 Fiji 8 1982 2014
 Solomon Islands 6 1994 2014
 Tahiti 6 1994 2014
 Vanuatu 6 1994 2014
 Cook Islands 5 1998 2014
 Samoa 5 1998 2014
 Tonga 5 1998 2014
 American Samoa 4 2002 2014
 New Caledonia 3 2006 2014
 Papua New Guinea 3 1998 2014

UEFA countries[edit]

21 out of the 53 active FIFA and UEFA members haven't appeared in the FIFA World Cup final tournament.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number First Last
 Luxembourg 19 1934 2014
 Finland 18 1938 2014
 Cyprus 14 1962 2014
 Iceland 12 1958 2014
 Albania 11 1966 2014
 Malta 11 1974 2014
 Estonia 8 1934 2014
 Lithuania 8 1934 2014
 Latvia 7 1938 2014
 Faroe Islands 6 1994 2014
 San Marino 6 1994 2014
 Armenia 5 1998 2014
 Azerbaijan 5 1998 2014
 Belarus 5 1998 2014
 Georgia 5 1998 2014
 Kazakhstan 5 1998 2014
 Liechtenstein 5 1998 2014
 Macedonia 5 1998 2014
 Moldova 5 1998 2014
 Andorra 4 2002 2014
 Montenegro 2 2010 2014

Former countries[edit]

Three defunct national football teams took part in qualification but never appeared in the final tournament. This excludes teams whose record has been inherited by successor nations.

Country Qualifying attempts
Number Tournaments
 Saar 1 1954[1]
 South Vietnam 1 1974[2]
 South Yemen 1 1986[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Jarreta, Sergio Henrique (12 June 2009). "World Cup 1954 Qualifying". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Jarreta, Sergio Henrique (22 October 1999). "World Cup 1974 Qualifying". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Jarreta, Sergio Henrique (3 January 2000). "World Cup 1986 Qualifying". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

See also[edit]