1966 FIFA World Cup qualification (Africa, Asia and Oceania)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African, Asian and Oceanian zone (Confederation of African Football, Asian Football Confederation and what later would become the Oceania Football Confederation).

21 teams entered, but the entries of Congo and the Philippines were rejected.

The plans were for four rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 15 African teams were divided into six groups of two or three teams. The group winners would advance to the Second Round.
  • Second Round: The six group winners were divided into three groups and would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Asia/Oceania First Round: Australia, North Korea, South Africa and South Korea would play each other twice in a round-robin tournament at a neutral venue, originally Japan but ultimately Cambodia.
  • Final Round: The Asia/Oceania winner would play the three African winners on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

South Africa, who had been moved to the Asia/Oceania zone, was disqualified after being suspended by FIFA due to apartheid, and all fifteen African zone teams withdrew in protest after FIFA, citing logistical and competitive issues, confirmed there would be no direct qualification for an African team.

Later, South Korea were forced to withdraw due to logistical difficulties after the three team tournament was moved from Japan to Cambodia, leaving only Australia and North Korea to contest the final place. North Korea easily won both legs to qualify.

Africa First Round[edit]

The original group draws were:

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6

The second round pairings were scheduled as follows: Group 1 winners v Group 5 winners, Group 2 winners v Group 4 winners and Group 3 winners v Group 6 winners, home-and-away, with the winners advancing to the final round.

As all teams withdrew to protest the allocation of places, the African First and Second rounds were scratched.

Asia / Oceania First Round[edit]

Originally, this was scheduled as a four-team tournament between Australia, North Korea, South Africa and South Korea, to be played in Japan.

Before the tournament began, South Africa were disqualified after being suspended by FIFA due to apartheid, and South Korea were forced to withdraw due to logistical problems after the tournament was moved to Cambodia.

Since North Korea lacked diplomatic relations with most countries and did not have a FIFA-standard venue at the time, finding a venue for the matches proved difficult until Head of State Norodom Sihanouk, an ally of Kim Il-sung, allowed the matches to be held in Phnom Penh.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  North Korea 2 2 0 0 9 2 7 4
2  Australia 2 0 0 2 2 9 −7 0
 South Africa disqualified
 South Korea withdrew
North Korea 6–1 Australia
Pak Doo-Ik Goal 15'
Pak Seung-Zin Goal 54'80'
Im Seung-Hwi Goal 58'
Han Bong-Zin Goal 65'88'
Scheinflug Goal 70' (pen.)

Australia 1–3 North Korea
Scheinflug Goal 15' Goal 18'75' Kim Seung-Il
Goal 53' Pak Seung-Zin

North Korea won 9–2 on aggregate.

Due to the withdrawal of all African teams, the Final Round was scratched, meaning that North Korea also qualified automatically.

Goalscorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

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