1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)

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1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC and OFC)
Tournament details
Teams 21 (from 2 confederations)
1974
1982

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian and Oceanian zone (AFC and OFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 21 AFC and OFC teams and Israel[1] entered the competition. However, South Vietnam could not compete after being annexed by Vietnam. The Asian zone was allocated 1 place (out of 16) in the final tournament.

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 21 teams would be divided into 5 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:
    • Group 1 had 6 teams. The teams played against each other once in Singapore. The top 2 teams after the group matches played against each other in a single match. The winner would advance to the Final Round.
    • Groups 2 and 3 had 4 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
    • Group 4 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other twice in Qatar. The group winner would qualify.
    • Group 5 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Final Round: The 5 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.

First Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Hong Kong 6 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
2  Singapore 5 4 2 1 1 5 6 −1
3  Malaysia 4 4 1 2 1 7 6 +1
4  Indonesia 3 4 1 1 2 7 7 0
5  Thailand 2 4 1 0 3 8 12 −4
 Sri Lanka withdrew









Hong Kong and Singapore finished in the top two places, and a play-off was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

Hong Kong advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  South Korea 6 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3
2  Israel 5 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
3  Japan 1 4 0 1 3 0 5 −5
 North Korea withdrew





Korea Republic advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3[edit]

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





Iran advanced to the Final Round.

Group 4[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Kuwait 8 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8
2  Bahrain 2 4 1 0 3 4 6 −2
3  Qatar 2 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6
 United Arab Emirates withdrew





Kuwait advanced to the Final Round.

Group 5[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Australia 7 4 3 1 0 9 3 +6
2  New Zealand 5 4 2 1 1 14 4 +10
3  Taiwan 0 4 0 0 4 1 17 −16





Australia advanced to the Final Round.

Final Round[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Iran 14 8 6 2 0 12 3 +9
2  South Korea 10 8 3 4 1 12 8 +4
3  Kuwait 9 8 4 1 3 13 8 +5
4  Australia 7 8 3 1 4 11 8 +3
5  Hong Kong 0 8 0 0 8 5 26 −21



















Iran qualified.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Israel left the AFC in 1974
  2. ^ Japan played its "home" match against Israel away at Israel.
  3. ^ Both matches between Australia and Taiwan were played on neutral ground.
  4. ^ Both matches between Australia and Taiwan were played on neutral ground.
  5. ^ Taiwan played its "home" match against New Zealand away instead.