National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup

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This article lists the performances of each of the national teams which have made at least one appearance in the FIFA World Cup.

As of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 79 national teams have competed at the final tournaments.[1] Brazil is the only team to have appeared in all 21 tournaments to date, with Germany having participated in 19, Italy in 18, Argentina in 17 and Mexico in 16.[2] To date, eight nations have won the tournament. The inaugural winners in 1930 were Uruguay; the current champions are France. The most successful nation in the competition are currently Brazil, who have won the cup on five occasions.[3] Five teams have appeared in FIFA World Cup finals without winning,[4] while eleven more have appeared in semi-finals.[5]

Ranking of teams by number of appearances[edit]

Team Appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* = hosts)
 Brazil 21 21 21 1930 2018 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 Germany 19 17 17 1934 2018 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990, 2014)
 Italy 18 14 0 1934 2014 Champions (1934*, 1938, 1982, 2006)
 Argentina 17 12 12 1930 2018 Champions (1978*, 1986)
 Mexico 16 7 7 1930 2018 Quarterfinals (1970*, 1986*)
 Spain 15 11 11 1934 2018 Champions (2010)
 France 15 6 6 1930 2018 Champions (1998*, 2018)
 England 15 6 6 1950 2018 Champions (1966*)
 Belgium 13 6 3 1930 2018 Third place (2018)
 Uruguay 13 4 3 1930 2018 Champions (1930*, 1950)
 Serbia 12 4 1 1930 2018 Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 Sweden 12 3 1 1934 2018 Runners-up (1958*)
  Switzerland 11 4 4 1934 2018 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954*)
 Russia 11 4 2 1958 2018 Fourth place (1966)
 South Korea 10 9 9 1954 2018 Fourth place (2002*)
 United States 10 7 0 1930 2014 Third place (1930)
 Netherlands 10 3 0 1934 2014 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)

Debut of teams[edit]

Each successive World Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time.

Year Debuting teams Successor teams
Teams No. Cum.
1930  Argentina,  Belgium,  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Chile,  France,  Mexico,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Romania,  United States,  Uruguay,  Yugoslavia[a] 13 13
1934  Austria,  Czechoslovakia,[b]  Egypt,  Germany,[c]  Hungary,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland 10 23
1938  Cuba,  Dutch East Indies,[d]  Norway,  Poland 4 27
1950  England 1 28
1954  South Korea,  Scotland,  Turkey 3 31  West Germany[c]
1958  Northern Ireland,  Soviet Union,[e]  Wales 3 34
1962  Bulgaria,  Colombia 2 36
1966  North Korea,  Portugal 2 38
1970  El Salvador,  Israel,  Morocco 3 41
1974  Australia,  East Germany,[c]  Haiti,  Zaire[f] 4 45
1978  Iran,  Tunisia 2 47
1982  Algeria,  Cameroon,  Honduras,  Kuwait,  New Zealand 5 52
1986  Canada,  Denmark,  Iraq 3 55
1990  Costa Rica,  Republic of Ireland,  United Arab Emirates 3 58
1994  Greece,  Nigeria,  Saudi Arabia 3 61  Germany,[c]  Russia[e]
1998  Croatia,[a]  Jamaica,  Japan,  South Africa 4 65  FR Yugoslavia[a]
2002  China,  Ecuador,  Senegal,  Slovenia[a] 4 69
2006  Angola,  Ivory Coast,  Ghana,  Togo,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine[e] 6 75  Czech Republic[b]
2010  Slovakia[b] 1 76  Serbia[a]
2014  Bosnia and Herzegovina[a] 1 77
2018  Iceland,  Panama 2 79
2022  Qatar 1 80
  • The total number of teams which have participated in the World Cup through 2018 is 79, using FIFA's view on successor teams.

Overall team records[edit]

The system used in the World Cup up to 1990 was 2 points for a win. In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Teams are ranked by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored.[6]

As of 2018 FIFA World Cup
Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Brazil 21 109 73 18 18 229 105 +124 237
2  Germany[g] 19 109 67 20 22 226 125 +101 221
3  Italy 18 83 45 21 17 128 77 +51 156
4  Argentina 17 81 43 15 23 137 93 +44 144
5  France 15 66 34 13 19 120 77 +43 115
6  England 15 69 29 21 19 91 64 +27 108
7  Spain 15 63 30 15 18 99 72 +27 105
8  Netherlands 10 50 27 12 11 86 48 +38 93
9  Uruguay 13 56 24 12 20 87 74 +13 84
10  Sweden 12 51 19 13 19 80 73 +7 70
11  Belgium 13 48 20 9 19 68 72 −4 69
12  Russia[h] 11 45 19 10 16 77 54 +23 67
13  Serbia[i] 12 46 18 8 20 66 63 +3 62
14  Mexico 16 57 16 14 27 60 98 −38 62
15  Poland 8 34 16 5 13 46 45 +1 53
16  Hungary 9 32 15 3 14 87 57 +30 48
17  Portugal 7 30 14 6 10 49 35 +14 48
18   Switzerland 11 37 12 8 17 50 64 −14 44
19  Czech Republic[j] 9 33 12 5 16 47 49 −2 41
20  Austria 7 29 12 4 13 43 47 −4 40
21  Chile 9 33 11 7 15 40 49 −9 40
22  Croatia 5 23 11 4 8 35 26 +9 37
23  Denmark 5 20 9 5 6 30 26 +4 32
24  Paraguay 8 27 7 10 10 30 38 −8 31
25  Colombia 6 22 9 3 10 32 30 +2 30
26  United States 10 33 8 6 19 37 62 −25 30
27  Romania 7 21 8 5 8 30 32 −2 29
28  South Korea 10 34 6 9 19 34 70 −36 27
29  Nigeria 6 21 6 3 12 23 30 −7 21
30  Japan 6 21 5 5 11 20 29 −9 20
31  Costa Rica 5 18 5 5 8 19 28 −9 20
32  Scotland 8 23 4 7 12 25 41 −16 19
33  Cameroon 7 23 4 7 12 18 43 −25 19
34  Peru 5 18 5 3 10 21 33 −12 18
35  Bulgaria 7 26 3 8 15 22 53 −31 17
36  Turkey 2 10 5 1 4 20 17 +3 16
37  Ghana 3 12 4 3 5 13 16 −3 15
38  Republic of Ireland 3 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 14
39  Northern Ireland 3 13 3 5 5 13 23 −10 14
40  Ecuador 3 10 4 1 5 10 11 −1 13
41  Senegal 2 8 3 3 2 11 10 +1 12
42  Algeria 4 13 3 3 7 13 19 −6 12
43  Morocco 5 16 2 5 9 14 22 −8 11
44  Saudi Arabia 5 16 3 2 11 11 39 −28 11
45  Ivory Coast 3 9 3 1 5 13 14 −1 10
46  South Africa 3 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
47  Tunisia 5 15 2 4 9 13 25 −12 10
48  Iran 5 15 2 4 9 9 24 −15 10
49  Australia 5 16 2 4 10 13 31 −18 10
50  Norway 3 8 2 3 3 7 8 −1 9
51  East Germany 1 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
52  Greece 3 10 2 2 6 5 20 −15 8
53  Ukraine 1 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2 7
54  Wales 1 5 1 3 1 4 4 0 6
55  Slovakia 1 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
56  Slovenia 2 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4
57  Cuba 1 3 1 1 1 5 12 −7 4
58  North Korea 2 7 1 1 5 6 21 −15 4
59  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
60  Jamaica 1 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3
61  New Zealand 2 6 0 3 3 4 14 −10 3
62  Honduras 3 9 0 3 6 3 14 −11 3
63  Angola 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
64  Israel 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
65  Egypt 3 7 0 2 5 5 12 −7 2
66  Iceland 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
67  Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
68  Trinidad and Tobago 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
69  Bolivia 3 6 0 1 5 1 20 −19 1
70  Iraq 1 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
71  Togo 1 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
72  Canada 1 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
73  Indonesia[k] 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
74  Panama 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
75  United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
76  China PR 1 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
77  Haiti 1 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
78  Congo DR[l] 1 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
79  El Salvador 2 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 0

Predecessor countries

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Czechoslovakia (1934–1990) 30 11 5 14 44 45 −1 38
 Germany (1934–1938) 6 3 1 2 14 13 +1 10
 West Germany (1954–1990) 62 36 14 12 131 77 +54 122
 Soviet Union (1958–1990) 31 15 6 10 53 34 +19 51
 Yugoslavia (1930) 3 2 0 1 7 7 0 6
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 30 12 7 11 48 35 +13 43
 FR Yugoslavia (1998) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil5229
2 Germany44412
3 Italy4217
4 Argentina2305
5 France2125
6 Uruguay2002
7 England1001
 Spain1001
9 Netherlands0314
10 Czech Republic0202
 Hungary0202
12 Sweden0123
13 Croatia0112
14 Poland0022
15 Austria0011
 Belgium0011
 Chile0011
 Portugal0011
 Turkey0011
 United States0011
Totals (20 nations)21212163

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend

The team ranking in each tournament is according to FIFA.[7] The rankings, apart from the top four positions (top two in 1930), are not a result of direct competition between the teams; instead, teams eliminated in the same round are ranked by their full results in the tournament. In recent tournaments, FIFA has used its world rankings for seeding in the final tournament draw.[8]

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament are shown (in parentheses).

Team
 
1930
Uruguay

(13)
QF
1934
Italy

(16)
QF
1938
France

(15)
QF
1950
Brazil

(13)
QF
1954
Switzerland

(16)
QF
1958
Sweden

(16)
QF
1962
Chile

(16)
QF
1966
England

(16)
QF
1970
Mexico

(16)
QF
1974
West Germany

(16)
QF
1978
Argentina

(16)
QF
1982
Spain

(24)
QF
1986
Mexico

(24)
QF
1990
Italy

(24)
QF
1994
United States

(24)
QF
1998
France

(32)
QF
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
QF
2006
Germany

(32)
QF
2010
South Africa

(32)
QF
2014
Brazil

(32)
QF
2018
Russia

(32)
QF
2022
Qatar

(32)
Total
 Algeria × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4
 Angola × R1
23rd
1
 Argentina 2nd R1
T-9th
× × × R1
13th
R1
10th
QF
5th
R2
8th
1st R2
11th
1st 2nd R2
10th
QF
6th
R1
18th
QF
6th
QF
5th
2nd R2
16th
q 18
 Australia R1
14th
R2
16th
R1
21st
R1
30th
R1
30th
q 6
 Austria × 4th ••[m] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
7
 Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4th R2
11th
R2
11th
R1
19th
R2
14th
QF
6th
3rd q 14
 Bolivia R1
12th
× × R1
13th
× R1
21st
3
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia[a] R1
20th
1
 Brazil R1
6th
R1
14th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
1st 1st R1
11th
1st 4th 3rd R2
5th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
6th
4th QF
6th
q 22
 Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
7
 Cameroon × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
q 8
 Canada × × × × R1
24th
q 2
 Chile R1
5th
× × R1
9th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
× R2
16th
R2
10th
R2
9th
9
 China PR[n] × × × × × × × × × R1
31st
1
 Colombia × × × R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
19th
R1
21st
QF
5th
R2
9th
6
 Congo DR[f] × × R1
16th
× 1
 Costa Rica × × × × × R2
13th
R1
19th
R1
31st
QF
8th
R1
29th
q 6
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd q 6
 Cuba QF
8th
× × × × × × × 1
 Czech Republic[b] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
9
 Denmark × × × × × × R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
q 6
 East Germany[c] Part of Germany × R2
6th
Part of Germany 1
 Ecuador × × × × × × R1
24th
R2
12th
R1
17th
q 4
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
3
 El Salvador × × × × × × R1
16th
R1
24th
2
 England R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1st QF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4th R2
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R2
13th
R1
26th
4th q 16
 France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
R1
11th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th 3rd 1st R1
28th
2nd R1
29th
QF
7th
1st q 16
 Germany[c] × 3rd R1
10th
× 1st 4th QF
7th
2nd 3rd 1st R2
6th
2nd 2nd 1st QF
5th
QF
7th
2nd 3rd 3rd 1st R1
22nd
q 20
 Ghana × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
q 4
 Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
3
 Haiti × × × × × R1
15th
× 1
 Honduras × × × × R1
18th
R1
30th
R1
31st
3
 Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
9
 Iceland × × × × × R1
28th
1
 Indonesia[d] × × R1
15th
× × •× × × × × 1
 Iran × × × × × × R1
14th
× × R1
20th
R1
T-25th
R1
28th
R1
18th
q 6
 Iraq × × × × × × R1
23rd
1
 Israel[o] × R1
12th
1
 Italy × 1st 1st R1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2nd R1
10th
4th 1st R2
12th
3rd 2nd QF
5th
R2
15th
1st R1
26th
R1
22nd
18
 Ivory Coast × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
3
 Jamaica × × × R1
22nd
1
 Japan × × × × × × R1
31st
R2
9th
R1
T-28th
R2
9th
R1
29th
R2
15th
q 7
 Kuwait × × R1
21st
•× 1
 Mexico R1
13th
× R1
12th
R1
13th
R1
16th
R1
11th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
16th
QF
6th
× R2
13th
R2
13th
R2
11th
R2
15th
R2
14th
R2
10th
R2
12th
q 17
 Morocco × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
q 6
 Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd q 11
 New Zealand × × × × × R1
23rd
R1
22nd
2
 Nigeria × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
6
 North Korea × × QF
8th
× × × × R1
32nd
•× 2
 Northern Ireland QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
3
 Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R2
15th
3
 Panama × × × × × × × × R1
32nd
1
 Paraguay R1
9th
× × R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
14th
R2
16th
R1
18th
QF
8th
8
 Peru R1
10th
× × × × QF
7th
R2
8th
R1
20th
R1
20th
5
 Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
q 9
 Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
q 8
 Qatar × q 1
 Republic of Ireland[p] × QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
3
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
7
 Russia[e] × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
•× R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
•× 11
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × R2
12th
R1
28th
R1
32nd
R1
T-28th
R1
26th
q 6
 Scotland •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
8
 Senegal × × × QF
7th
R1
17th
q 3
 Serbia[a] 4th[q] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
q 13
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia[b] R2
16th
1
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × R1
30th
R1
18th
2
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3
 South Korea × R1
16th
× × R1
20th
R1
22nd
R1
20th
R1
30th
4th R1
17th
R2
15th
R1
27th
R1
19th
q 11
 Spain × QF
5th
× 4th R1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R2
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R2
9th
1st R1
23rd
R2
10th
q 16
 Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
12
  Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
x 12
 Togo × × × × R1
30th
1
 Trinidad and Tobago R1
27th
1
 Tunisia × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
q 6
 Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd 2
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union[e] × QF
8th
1
 United Arab Emirates × × × R1
24th
1
 United States 3rd[q] R1
16th
× R1
10th
R1
23rd
R2
14th
R1
32nd
QF
8th
R1
T-25th
R2
12th
R2
15th
q 11
 Uruguay 1st × × 1st 4th R1
13th
QF
7th
4th R1
13th
R2
16th
R2
16th
R1
26th
4th R2
12th
QF
5th
q 14
 Wales QF
6th
q 2
Team 1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total


Hosts[edit]

Results of host nations
Year Host Nation Finish
1930  Uruguay Champions
1934  Italy Champions
1938  France Quarter-Final
1950  Brazil Runners-up
1954   Switzerland Quarter-Final
1958  Sweden Runners-up
1962  Chile Third Place
1966  England Champions
1970  Mexico Quarter-Final
1974  West Germany Champions
1978  Argentina Champions
1982  Spain Round 2 (top 12)
1986  Mexico Quarter-Final
1990  Italy Third Place
1994  United States Round of 16
1998  France Champions
2002  South Korea Fourth Place
 Japan Round of 16
2006  Germany Third Place
2010  South Africa Group Stage
2014  Brazil Fourth Place
2018  Russia Quarter-Final
2022  Qatar TBD
2026  Canada TBD
 Mexico
 United States

Results of defending finalists[edit]

The defending World Cup champions were formerly granted an automatic spot in the Cup finals field. As of the 2006 tournament, this berth is no longer guaranteed.[10] However, no defending World Cup champion has yet failed to qualify. Automatic berths have never been given for defending World Cup runners-up. Defending runners-up have qualified 16 times in 19 attempts for the following World Cup.

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-up Finish
1934  Uruguay Did not enter  Argentina Round of 16
1938  Italy Champions  Czechoslovakia Quarter-Final
1950  Italy Group Stage  Hungary Did not enter
1954  Uruguay Fourth Place  Brazil Quarter-Final
1958  West Germany Fourth Place  Hungary Group Stage
1962  Brazil Champions  Sweden Did not qualify
1966  Brazil Group Stage  Czechoslovakia Did not qualify
1970  England Quarter-Final  West Germany Third Place
1974  Brazil Fourth Place  Italy Group Stage
1978  West Germany Round 2 (top 8)  Netherlands Runners-up
1982  Argentina Round 2 (top 12)  Netherlands Did not qualify
1986  Italy Round of 16  West Germany Runners-up
1990  Argentina Runners-up  West Germany Champions
1994  Germany Quarter-Final  Argentina Round of 16
1998  Brazil Runners-up  Italy Quarter-Final
2002  France Group Stage  Brazil Champions
2006  Brazil Quarter-Final  Germany Third Place
2010  Italy Group Stage  France Group Stage
2014  Spain Group Stage  Netherlands Third Place
2018  Germany Group Stage  Argentina Round of 16
2022  France TBD  Croatia TBD

Results by confederation[edit]

AFC[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 43
Top 16 0[r] 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 6
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th South Korea 1

CAF[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 49
Top 16 0[r] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 9
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

CONCACAF[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 46
Top 16 0[r] 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 3 1 14
Top 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 5
Top 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd United States 1
4th 0

CONMEBOL[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 7 2 1 5 2 3 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 4 89
Top 16 2[r] 4 4 2 4 2 3 5 5 4 33
Top 8 0 1 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 2 4 3 2 35
Top 4 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 22
Top 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 14
1st Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Brazil Brazil Argentina Argentina Brazil Brazil 9
2nd Argentina Brazil Argentina Brazil Argentina 5
3rd Brazil Chile Brazil 3
4th Uruguay Uruguay Brazil Uruguay Brazil 5

OFC[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
Top 16 0[r] 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Top 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Top 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1st 0
2nd 0
3rd 0
4th 0

UEFA[edit]

1930
Uruguay
(13)
1934
Italy
(16)
1938
France
(15)
1950
Brazil
(13)
1954
Switzerland
(16)
1958
Sweden
(16)
1962
Chile
(16)
1966
England
(16)
1970
Mexico
(16)
1974
West Germany
(16)
1978
Argentina
(16)
1982
Spain
(24)
1986
Mexico
(24)
1990
Italy
(24)
1994
United States
(24)
1998
France
(32)
2002
South Korea
Japan
(32)
2006
Germany
(32)
2010
South Africa
(32)
2014
Brazil
(32)
2018
Russia
(32)
2022
Qatar
(32)
Total
Teams 4 12 12 6 12 12 10 10 9 9 10 14 14 14 13 15 15 14 13 13 14 13 258
Top 16 10[r] 10 10 10 10 9 10 6 6 10 91
Top 8 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 5 6 7 6 4 6 3 4 6 100
Top 4 1 4 3 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 4 60
Top 2 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 28
1st Italy Italy West Germany England West Germany Italy West Germany France Italy Spain Germany France 12
2nd Czechoslovakia Hungary Hungary Sweden Czechoslovakia West Germany Italy Netherlands Netherlands West Germany West Germany Italy Germany France Netherlands Croatia 16
3rd Germany Sweden Austria France Portugal West Germany Poland Poland France Italy Sweden Croatia Turkey Germany Germany Netherlands Belgium 17
4th Kingdom of Yugoslavia Austria Sweden Spain West Germany Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Soviet Union Italy France Belgium England Bulgaria Netherlands Portugal   England 15

Droughts[edit]

This section is a list of droughts associated with the participation of national football teams in the FIFA World Cups. 1942 and 1946, when the tournament was not held due to World War II, are not included in the calculation of a drought.

Longest active World Cup appearance droughts[edit]

Updated to 14 June 2022, including qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Does not include teams that have not yet made their first appearance or teams that no longer exist.

Team Last appearance WC Missed
 Cuba 1938 19
 Indonesia 1938 19
 Israel 1970 13
 DR Congo 1974 12
 Haiti 1974 12
 El Salvador 1982 10
 Kuwait 1982 10
 Hungary 1986 9
 Iraq 1986 9
 Northern Ireland 1986 9
 United Arab Emirates 1990 8
 Bolivia 1994 7
 Austria 1998 6
 Bulgaria 1998 6
 Jamaica 1998 6
 Norway 1998 6
 Romania 1998 6
 Scotland 1998 6
 China 2002 5
 Republic of Ireland 2002 5
 Turkey 2002 5
 Angola 2006 4
 Czech Republic 2006 4
 Togo 2006 4
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 4
 Ukraine 2006 4
 New Zealand 2010 3
 North Korea 2010 3
 Paraguay 2010 3
 Slovakia 2010 3
 Slovenia 2010 3
 South Africa 2010 3
 Algeria 2014 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 2
 Chile 2014 2
 Greece 2014 2
 Honduras 2014 2
 Italy 2014 2
 Ivory Coast 2014 2
 Colombia 2018 1
 Egypt 2018 1
 Iceland 2018 1
 Nigeria 2018 1
 Panama 2018 1
 Peru 2018 1
 Russia 2018 1
 Sweden 2018 1

Longest World Cup appearance droughts overall[edit]

Only includes droughts begun after a team's first appearance and until the team ceased to exist. Updated to 14 June 2022, including qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Team Prev. appearance Next appearance WC Missed
 Cuba 1938 active 19
 Indonesia[d] 1938 active 19
 Wales 1958 2022 15
 Israel 1970 active 13
 DR Congo[f] 1974 active 12
 Haiti 1974 active 12
 Egypt 1934 1990 11
 Norway 1938 1994 11
 Turkey 1954 2002 11
 Bolivia 1950 1994 10
 North Korea 1966 2010 10
 El Salvador 1982 active 10
 Kuwait 1982 active 10
 United States 1950 1990 9
 Hungary 1986 active 9
 Iraq 1986 active 9
 Northern Ireland 1986 active 9
 Peru 1982 2018 8
 Canada 1986 2022 8
 United Arab Emirates 1990 active 8
 South Korea 1954 1986 7
 Australia 1974 2006 7
 Netherlands 1938 1974 6
 Poland 1938 1974 6
 Paraguay 1958 1986 6
 Colombia 1962 1990 6
  Switzerland 1966 1994 6
 Honduras 1982 2010 6
 New Zealand 1982 2010 6
 Austria 1998 active 6
 Bulgaria 1998 active 6
 Jamaica 1998 active 6
 Romania 1998 active 6
 Scotland 1998 active 6
 Algeria 1986 2010 5
 China 2002 active 5
 Republic of Ireland 2002 active 5
 Portugal 1966 1986 4
 East Germany[c] 1974 dissolved 4
 Iran 1978 1998 4
 Tunisia 1978 1998 4
 Morocco 1998 2018 4
 Angola 2006 active 4
 Czech Republic 2006 active 4
 Togo 2006 active 4
 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 active 4
 Ukraine 2006 active 4
 Argentina 1934 1958 3
 Belgium 1954 1970 3
 Chile 1982 1998 3
 Greece 1994 2010 3
 Senegal 2002 2018 3
 Slovakia 2010 active 3
 Slovenia 2010 active 3
 South Africa 2010 active 3
 Mexico 1930 1950 2
 Serbia[a] 1930 1950 2
1962 1974
 Uruguay 1930 1950 2
1974 1986
1990 2002
 Sweden 1958 1970 2
1978 1990
2006 2018
 France 1966 1978 2
1986 1998
 Spain 1966 1978 2
 England 1970 1982 2
 Russia[e] 1970 1982 2
2002 2014
 Denmark 1986 1998 2
 Costa Rica 1990 2002 2
 Saudi Arabia 2006 2018 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 active 2
 Italy 2014 active 2
 Ivory Coast 2014 active 2
 Germany[c] 1938 1954 1
 Cameroon 1982 1990 1
2002 2010
2014 2022
 Nigeria 2002 2010 1
2018 active
 Croatia 2006 2014 1
 Ecuador 2006 2014 1
2014 2022
 Ghana 2014 2022 1
 Iceland 2018 active 1
 Panama 2018 active 1

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k The Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1930) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1950–1990) qualified eight times from 1930–1990 under the name Yugoslavia prior to its breakup in 1992 by the secession of many of its constituent republics. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia qualified once in 1998 under the name Yugoslavia, then changed its name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003, first qualifying under that name in 2006. All of these teams are considered the predecessors of the current Serbia team by FIFA, which first qualified under that name in 2010. The other national teams which resulted from the breakup of the SFR Yugoslavia in 1992 — Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia — are considered distinct entities from the Yugoslavia team of 1930–1990. Montenegro now also competes separately after independence in 2006 and Kosovo was recognized by FIFA in 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Czechoslovakia qualified eight times prior to being divided into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. FIFA considers the Czech Republic as the successor team of Czechoslovakia. The other national team which resulted from the breakup of the Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, is considered a distinct entity from the Czechoslovakia team. The Czech Republic national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time as a separate nation in 2006, with Slovakia doing the same in 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany since 1949, has been represented by the same governing body, Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), since 1904. After World War II and the division of Germany, the DFB was re-admitted to FIFA after the 1950 World Cup as West Germany. Saar competed in the 1954 World Cup qualifying before joining West Germany in 1956. East Germany fielded teams from 1958 to 1990 of their own before joining with West Germany and the DFB in the German reunification. FIFA officially attributes all international results of the DFB team since 1908 to Germany, including the results of West Germany from 1954–1990.
  4. ^ a b c Indonesia competed as the Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  5. ^ a b c d e f The Soviet Union qualified seven times prior to being dissolved in 1991. The 15 nations that were former Soviet Republics now compete separately. FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  6. ^ a b c The Democratic Republic of the Congo competed as Zaire in 1974.
  7. ^ Includes participations as  West Germany from 1954–1990; see below.
  8. ^ Includes participations as  Soviet Union until 1990; see below.
  9. ^ Includes participations as  Yugoslavia until 1990 and as  Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia) from 1998 to 2006; see below.
  10. ^ Includes participations as  Czechoslovakia until 1990; see below.
  11. ^ Participated as  Dutch East Indies in 1938.
  12. ^ Participated as  Zaire in 1974.
  13. ^ Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  14. ^ On 14 June 1952, FIFA acknowledged that the CFA on Mainland China, not the Republic of China Football Association (ROCFA) located on Taiwan, was the recognized authority over Chinese Football with their membership dating to 1931.
  15. ^ Israel competed as Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) in 1934 and in 1938, with a team consisting exclusively of Jewish and British footballers from the Palestine Mandate.
  16. ^ Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  17. ^ a b There was no third place match in 1930. The USA and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Both captains received bronze medals. Currently, FIFA recognizes USA as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 World Cup.[9]
  18. ^ a b c d e f In 1982, the second round has 12 teams of which 4 progressed to the semi-finals.

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