1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates 10 March 1996 – 29 November 1997
Teams 174 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 643
Goals scored 1,922 (2.99 per match)
1994
2002

The 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification was a series of tournaments organized by the six FIFA confederations. The 1998 FIFA World Cup featured 32 teams, with two places reserved for France and Brazil as host nation and defending champions, respectively. The remaining 30 places were determined by a qualification process, in which the other 174 teams, from the six FIFA confederations, competed.

Qualification process[edit]

The distribution by confederation for the 1998 FIFA World Cup is:

  • AFC (Asia): 3 or 4 places
  • CAF (Africa): 5 places
  • CONCACAF (North America): 3 places
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 4 places (+ Brazil qualified automatically as 1994 FIFA World Cup winners for a total of 5 places)
  • OFC (Oceania): 0 or 1 place(s)
  • UEFA (Europe): 14 places (+ France qualified automatically as host nation for a total of 15 places)

After the first round of the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, the percentage of teams from each confederation that passed through to the round of 16 was as follows:

  • AFC (Asia): 0% (0 of 4 places)
  • CAF (Africa): 20% (1 of 5 places)
  • CONCACAF (North, Central American and Caribbean): 33% (1 of 3 places)
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 80% (4 of 5 places)
  • OFC (Oceania): n/a (0 of 0 places)
  • UEFA (Europe): 67% (10 of 15 places)

Qualified teams[edit]

  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 France Host 2 July 1992 10th 1986 1 Third place (1958, 1986) 18
 Brazil 1994 FIFA World Cup winners 17 July 1994 16th 1994 16 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994) 1
 Nigeria CAF Final Round Group 1 Winners 7 June 1997 2nd 1994 2 Round of 16 (1994) 74
 Tunisia CAF Final Round Group 2 Winners 8 June 1997 2nd 1978 1 Group stage (1978) 21
 Morocco CAF Final Round Group 5 Winners 8 June 1997 4th 1994 2 Round of 16 (1986) 13
 South Africa CAF Final Round Group 3 Winners 16 August 1997 1st 1 24
 Cameroon CAF Final Round Group 4 Winners 17 August 1997 4th 1994 3 Quarter-finals (1990) 49
 Romania UEFA Group 8 Winners 18 August 1997 7th 1994 3 Quarter-finals (1994) 22
 Norway UEFA Group 3 Winners 6 September 1997 3rd 1994 2 Group stage (1938, 1994) 7
 Bulgaria UEFA Group 5 Winners 10 September 1997 7th 1994 2 Fourth place (1994) 35
 Argentina CONMEBOL Winners 10 September 1997 12th 1994 7 Winners (1978, 1986) 6
 Colombia CONMEBOL Third Place 10 September 1997 4th 1994 3 Round of 16 (1990) 10
 Paraguay CONMEBOL Runners-Up 10 September 1997 5th 1986 1 Round of 16 (1986) 29
 Denmark UEFA Group 1 Winners 11 October 1997 2nd 1986 1 Round of 16 (1986) 27
 England UEFA Group 2 Winners 11 October 1997 10th 1990 1 Winners (1966) 5
 Poland UEFA Group 4 Winners 11 October 1997 7th 1990 1 Third Place (1954) 31
 Spain UEFA Group 6 Winners 11 October 1997 10th 1994 6 Fourth Place (1950) 15
 Netherlands UEFA Group 7 Winners 11 October 1997 6th 1994 3 Runners-Up (1974, 1978) 25
 Germany UEFA Group 9 Winners 11 October 1997 14th 1994 12 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990) 2
 Scotland UEFA Best Runners-up 11 October 1997 8th 1990 1 Group Stage (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990) 41
 Mexico CONCACAF Fourth Round Winners 12 October 1997 11th 1994 2 Quarter Finals (1970, 1986) 4
 South Korea AFC Final Round Group B Winners 18 October 1997 5th 1994 4 Group Stage (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994) 20
 United States CONCACAF Fourth Round Runners-Up 9 November 1997 6th 1994 3 Third Place (1930) 11
 Saudi Arabia AFC Final Round Group A Winners 12 November 1997 2nd 1994 2 Round of 16 (1994) 34
 Croatia UEFA Play-off Winners 15 November 1997 1st 1 19
 Italy UEFA Play-off Winners 15 November 1997 14th 1994 10 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982) 14
 Belgium UEFA Play-off Winners 15 November 1997 10th 1994 5 Fourth Place (1986) 36
 Yugoslavia UEFA Play-off Winners 15 November 1997 9th 1990 1 Fourth Place (1930, 1962) 8
 Japan AFC Play-off Winners 16 November 1997 1st 1 12
 Jamaica CONCACAF Fourth Round Third Place 16 November 1997 1st 1 30
 Chile CONMEBOL Fourth Place 16 November 1997 7th 1982 1 Third Place (1962) 9
 Iran AFC v OFC Play-off Winners 29 November 1997 2nd 1978 1 Group Stage (1978) 42

Confederation qualification[edit]

AFC[edit]

Legend
Countries that directly qualified for the 1998 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-off for third place

Final positions (Final Round)[edit]

Group A Group B
Team Pld Pts
 Saudi Arabia 8 14
 Iran 8 12
 China PR 8 11
 Qatar 8 10
 Kuwait 8 8
Team Pld Pts
 South Korea 8 19
 Japan 8 13
 United Arab Emirates 8 9
 Uzbekistan 8 6
 Kazakhstan 8 6

Play-off for 3rd place[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Iran  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Japan

CAF[edit]

Final positions (Final Round)[edit]

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5
Team Pld Pts
 Nigeria 6 13
 Guinea 6 12
 Kenya 6 10
 Burkina Faso 6 0
Team Pld Pts
 Tunisia 6 16
 Egypt 6 10
 Liberia 6 4
 Namibia 6 4
Team Pld Pts
 South Africa 6 13
 Congo 6 10
 Zambia 6 8
 DR Congo 6 2
Team Pld Pts
 Cameroon 6 14
 Angola 6 10
 Zimbabwe 6 4
 Togo 6 4
Team Pld Pts
 Morocco 6 16
 Sierra Leone 5 7
 Ghana 6 6
 Gabon 5 1

CONCACAF[edit]

Final positions (Fourth Round)[edit]

Team Pld Pts
 Mexico 10 18
 United States 10 17
 Jamaica 10 14
 Costa Rica 10 12
 El Salvador 10 10
 Canada 10 6

CONMEBOL[edit]

Final positions[edit]

Team Pld Pts
 Argentina 16 30
 Paraguay 16 29
 Colombia 16 28
 Chile 16 25
 Peru 16 25
 Ecuador 16 21
 Uruguay 16 21
 Bolivia 16 17
 Venezuela 16 3

OFC[edit]

New Zealand vs Australia (Third Round)[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New Zealand  0–5  Australia 0–3 2–0

UEFA[edit]

Legend
Countries that directly qualified for the 1998 World Cup
Countries that advanced to the Play-offs

Final positions (First Round)[edit]

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Team Pld Pts
 Denmark 8 17
 Croatia 8 15
 Greece 8 14
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 9
 Slovenia 8 1
Team Pld Pts
 England 8 19
 Italy 8 18
 Poland 8 10
 Georgia 8 10
 Moldova 8 0
Team Pld Pts
 Norway 8 20
 Hungary 8 12
 Finland 8 11
  Switzerland 8 10
 Azerbaijan 8 3
Group 4 Group 5 Group 6
Team Pld Pts
 Austria 10 25
 Scotland 10 23
 Sweden 10 21
 Latvia 10 10
 Estonia 10 4
 Belarus 10 4
Team Pld Pts
 Bulgaria 8 18
 Russia 8 17
 Israel 8 13
 Cyprus 8 10
 Luxembourg 8 0
Team Pld Pts
 Spain 10 26
 Yugoslavia 10 23
 Czech Republic 10 16
 Slovakia 10 16
 Faroe Islands 10 6
 Malta 10 0
Group 7 Group 8 Group 9
Team Pld Pts
 Netherlands 8 19
 Belgium 8 18
 Turkey 8 14
 Wales 8 7
 San Marino 8 0
Team Pld Pts
 Romania 10 28
 Republic of Ireland 10 18
 Lithuania 10 17
 Macedonia 10 13
 Iceland 10 9
 Liechtenstein 10 0
Team Pld Pts
 Germany 10 22
 Ukraine 10 20
 Portugal 10 19
 Armenia 10 8
 Northern Ireland 10 7
 Albania 10 4

Play-offs[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Croatia  3–1  Ukraine 2–0 1–1
Russia  1–2  Italy 1–1 0–1
Republic of Ireland  2–3  Belgium 1–1 1–2
Hungary  1–12  Yugoslavia 1–7 0–5

AFC vs OFC inter-confederation play-off[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Iran  3–3 (a)  Australia 1–1 2–2

External links[edit]