National team appearances in the FIFA World Cup

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A map showing all nations to have competed in FIFA World Cup tournaments.
A map showing host nations and the best performance of each team to have competed in FIFA World Cup tournaments.

The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association). The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 when it was not held due to the Second World War.[1] The competition originally featured 16 teams, and later 24, before settling on its current format of 32 teams starting with the 1998 tournament.[2] Teams initially compete in a group stage, with the final 16 progressing to knockout stages to decide the winner.[3]

As of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 79 national teams have competed at the final tournaments.[4] Brazil are 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.[5] 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.[6] Five teams have appeared in FIFA World Cup finals without winning,[7] while eleven more have appeared in semi-finals.[8]

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 2 1930 2018 Third place (2018)
 Uruguay 13 4 3 1930 2018 Champions (1930*, 1950)
 Serbia[a] 12 4 1 1930 2018 Fourth place (1930,[b] 1962)
 Sweden 12 3 1 1934 2018 Runners-up (1958*)
 Switzerland 11 4 4 1934 2018 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954*)
 Russia[c] 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[b])
 Netherlands 10 3 0 1934 2014 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Hungary 9 4 0 1934 1986 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
 Czech Republic[d] 9 3 0 1934 2006 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Chile 9 2 0 1930 2014 Third place (1962*)
 Scotland 8 5 0 1954 1998 Round 1
 Poland 8 4 1 1938 2018 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Paraguay 8 4 0 1930 2010 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Portugal 7 5 5 1966 2018 Third place (1966)
 Bulgaria 7 4 0 1962 1998 Fourth place (1994)
 Cameroon 7 4 0 1982 2014 Quarterfinals (1990)
 Romania 7 3 0 1930 1998 Quarterfinals (1994)
 Austria 7 2 0 1934 1998 Third place (1954)
 Japan 6 6 6 1998 2018 Round 2 (2002*, 2010, 2018)
 Nigeria 6 3 3 1994 2018 Round 2 (1994, 1998, 2014)
 Colombia 6 3 2 1962 2018 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Australia 5 4 4 1974 2018 Round 2 (2006)
 Saudi Arabia 5 4 1 1994 2018 Round 2 (1994)
 Croatia[a] 5 3 2 1998 2018 Runners-up (2018)
 Tunisia 5 3 1 1978 2018 Round 1
 Iran 5 2 2 1978 2018 Round 1
 Costa Rica 5 2 2 1990 2018 Quarterfinals (2014)
 Peru 5 2 1 1930 2018 Quarterfinals (1970, 1978 (top 8))
 Morocco 5 2 1 1970 2018 Round 2 (1986)
 Denmark 5 2 1 1986 2018 Quarterfinals (1998)
 Algeria 4 2 0 1982 2014 Round 2 (2014)
 Ghana 3 3 0 2006 2014 Quarterfinals (2010)
 Ivory Coast 3 3 0 2006 2014 Round 1
 Norway 3 2 0 1938 1998 Round 2 (1998)
 Honduras 3 2 0 1982 2014 Round 1
 Greece 3 2 0 1994 2014 Round 2 (2014)
 Ecuador 3 2 0 2002 2014 Round 2 (2006)
 Northern Ireland 3 2 0 1958 1986 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Republic of Ireland 3 2 0 1990 2002 Quarterfinals (1990)
 South Africa 3 2 0 1998 2010 Round 1
 Egypt 3 1 1 1934 2018 Round 1
 Bolivia 3 1 0 1930 1994 Round 1
 Turkey 2 1 0 1954 2002 Third place (2002)
 Senegal 2 1 1 2002 2018 Quarterfinals (2002)
 North Korea 2 1 0 1966 2010 Quarterfinals (1966)
 El Salvador 2 1 0 1970 1982 Round 1
 New Zealand 2 1 0 1982 2010 Round 1
 Slovenia[a] 2 1 0 2002 2010 Round 1
 Cuba 1 1 0 1938 1938 Quarterfinals (1938)
 Indonesia[e] 1 1 0 1938 1938 Round 1
 Wales 1 1 0 1958 1958 Quarterfinals (1958)
 Israel 1 1 0 1970 1970 Round 1
 DR Congo[f] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 1
 East Germany[g] 1 1 0 1974 1974 Quarterfinals (1974 (top 8))
 Haiti 1 1 0 1974 1974 Round 1
 Kuwait 1 1 0 1982 1982 Round 1
 Canada 1 1 0 1986 1986 Round 1
 Iraq 1 1 0 1986 1986 Round 1
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 1990 1990 Round 1
 Jamaica 1 1 0 1998 1998 Round 1
 China PR 1 1 0 2002 2002 Round 1
 Angola 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Togo 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Ukraine[c] 1 1 0 2006 2006 Quarterfinals (2006)
 Slovakia[d] 1 1 0 2010 2010 Round 2 (2010)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 2014 2014 Round 1
 Iceland 1 1 1 2018 2018 Round 1
 Panama 1 1 1 2018 2018 Round 1
 Qatar 1 1 1 2022 2022 TBD
Breakdown of successor teams
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Czech Republic (since 1998) 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Czechoslovakia (1930–1994) 8 3 0 1934 1990 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Germany (since 1994) 7 7 7 1994 2018 Champions (2014)
 West Germany (1954–1990) 10 10 0 1954 1990 Champions (1954, 1974*, 1990)
 East Germany (1954–1990) 1 1 0 1974 1974 Quarterfinals (1974 (top 8))
 Germany (1930–1938) 2 2 0 1934 1938 Third place (1934)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Russia (since 1994) 4 2 2 1994 2018 Quarterfinals (2018*)
 Soviet Union (1930–1990) 7 4 0 1958 1990 Fourth place (1966)
Team # of appearances Record streak Active streak Debut Most recent Best result (* hosts)
 Serbia (since 2010) 2 1 1 2010 2018 Round 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 1 1 0 2006 2006 Round 1
 Yugoslavia (1994–2002) 1 1 0 1998 1998 Round 2 (1998)
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 7 4 0 1950 1990 Fourth place (1962)
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (1930–1938) 1 1 0 1930 1930 Fourth place (1930[b])

Overall team records[edit]

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. 3 points per win, 1 point per draw and 0 points per loss.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points Topscorer(s) Num of Goals
1  Brazil 109 73 18 18 229 105 +124 237 Ronaldo 15
2  Germany[g] 109 67 20 22 226 125 +101 221 M. Klose 16
3  Italy 83 45 21 17 128 77 +51 156 C. Vieri, R. Baggio, P. Rossi 9
4  Argentina 81 43 15 23 137 93 +44 144 G. Batistuta 10
5  France 66 34 13 19 120 77 +43 115 J. Fontaine 13
6  England 69 29 21 19 91 64 +27 108 G. Lineker 10
7  Spain 63 30 15 18 99 72 +27 105 D. Villa 9
8  Netherlands 50 27 12 11 86 48 +38 93 J. Rep 7
9  Uruguay 56 24 12 20 87 74 +13 84 Ó. Míguez 8
10  Sweden 51 19 13 19 80 73 +7 70 H. Larsson, K. Andersson 5
11  Belgium 48 20 9 19 68 72 −4 69 M. Wilmots, R. Lukaku 5
12  Russia[c] 45 19 10 16 77 54 +23 67 O. Salenko 6
13  Serbia[a] 46 18 8 20 66 63 +3 62 D. Jerković 4
14  Mexico 57 16 14 27 60 98 −38 62 L. Hernández, J. Hernández 4
15  Poland 34 16 5 13 46 45 +1 53 G. Lato 10
16  Hungary 32 15 3 14 87 57 +30 48 S. Kocsis 11
17  Portugal 30 14 6 10 49 35 +14 48 Eusébio 9
18   Switzerland 37 12 8 17 50 64 −14 44 J. Hügi 6
19  Czech Republic[d] 33 12 5 16 47 49 −2 41 O. Nejedlý 7
20  Austria 29 12 4 13 43 47 −4 40 E. Probst 6
21  Chile 33 11 7 15 40 49 −9 40 M. Salas, L. Sánchez 4
22  Croatia 23 11 4 8 35 26 +9 37 D. Šuker 6
23  Denmark 20 9 5 6 30 26 +4 32 J. D. Tomasson 5
24  Paraguay 27 7 10 10 30 38 −8 31 N. Cuevas 3
25  Colombia 22 9 3 10 32 30 +2 30 J. Rodríguez 6
26  United States 33 8 6 19 37 62 −25 30 L. Donovan 5
27  Romania 21 8 5 8 30 32 −2 29 F. Răducioiu 4
28  South Korea 34 6 9 19 34 70 −36 27 Ahn Jung-hwan, Park Ji-sung, Son Heung-min 3
29  Nigeria 21 6 3 12 23 30 −7 21 A. Musa 4
30  Japan 21 5 5 11 20 29 −9 20 K. Honda 4
31  Costa Rica 18 5 5 8 19 28 −9 20 R. Gómez, P. Wanchope 3
32  Scotland 23 4 7 12 25 41 −16 19 J. Jordan 4
33  Cameroon 23 4 7 12 18 43 −25 19 R. Milla 5
34  Peru 18 5 3 10 21 33 −12 18 T. Cubillas 10
35  Bulgaria 26 3 8 15 22 53 −31 17 H. Stoichkov 6
36  Turkey 10 5 1 4 20 17 +3 16 Suat M., Burhan S., İlhan M. 3
37  Ghana 12 4 3 5 13 16 −3 15 A. Gyan 6
38  Republic of Ireland 13 2 8 3 10 10 0 14 R. Keane 3
39  Northern Ireland 13 3 5 5 13 23 −10 14 P. McParland 5
40  Ecuador 10 4 1 5 10 11 −1 13 A. Delgado, E. Valencia 3
41  Senegal 8 3 3 2 11 10 +1 12 P. Bouba Diop 3
42  Algeria 13 3 3 7 13 19 −6 12 S. Assad, A. Djabou, I. Slimani 2
43  Morocco 16 2 5 9 14 22 −8 11 A. Hadda, A. Khairi, S. Bassir 2
44  Saudi Arabia 16 3 2 11 11 39 −28 11 S. Al-Jaber 3
45  Ivory Coast 9 3 1 5 13 14 −1 10 W. Bony, A. Dindane, D. Drogba, Gervinho 2
46  South Africa 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10 S. Bartlett, B. McCarthy 2
47  Tunisia 15 2 4 9 13 25 −12 10 W. Khazri 2
48  Iran 15 2 4 9 9 24 −15 10 multiple 1
49  Australia 16 2 4 10 13 31 −18 10 T. Cahill 5
50  Norway 8 2 3 3 7 8 −1 9 K. Rekdal 2
51  East Germany 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 J. Streich 2
52  Greece 10 2 2 6 5 20 −15 8 multiple 1
53  Ukraine 5 2 1 2 5 7 −2 7 A. Shevchenko 2
54  Wales 5 1 3 1 4 4 0 6 I. Allchurch 2
55  Slovakia 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4 R. Vittek 4
56  Slovenia 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4 multiple 1
57  Cuba 3 1 1 1 5 12 −7 4 H. Socorro 3
58  North Korea 7 1 1 5 6 21 −15 4 Pak Seung-zin 2
59  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 E. Džeko, V. Ibišević, M. Pjanić, A. Vršajević 1
60  Jamaica 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3 T. Whitmore 2
61  New Zealand 6 0 3 3 4 14 −10 3 W. Reid, S. Smeltz, S. Sumner, S. Wooddin 1
62  Honduras 9 0 3 6 3 14 −11 3 E. Laing, H. Zelaya, C. Costly 1
63  Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2 Flávio 1
64  Israel 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2 M. Spiegler 1
65  Egypt 7 0 2 5 5 12 −7 2 A. Fawzi, M. Salah 2
66  Iceland 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1 A. Finnbogason, G. Sigurðsson 1
67  Kuwait 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1 F. Al-Dakhil, A. Al-Buloushi 1
68  Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
69  Bolivia 6 0 1 5 1 20 −19 1 E. Sánchez 1
70  Iraq 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0 A. Radhi 1
71  Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0 M. Kader 1
72  Canada 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
73  Indonesia[e] 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
74  Panama 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0 F. Baloy 1
75  United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0 A. Jumaa, K. Ismaïl 1
76  China PR 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
77  Haiti 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0 E. Sanon 2
78  DR Congo[f] 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
79  El Salvador 6 0 0 6 1 22 −21 0 L. Ramírez 1

Source: [9]

Breakdown of successor teams
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Czechoslovakia (1934–1990) 30 11 5 14 44 45 −1 38
 Czech Republic (since 2006) 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Germany (1934–1938) 6 3 1 2 14 13 +1 10
 West Germany (1954–1990) 62 36 14 12 131 77 +54 122
 Germany (since 1994) 40 28 5 7 81 33 +48 89
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Soviet Union (1958–1990) 31 15 6 10 53 34 +19 51
 Russia (since 1994) 14 4 4 6 24 20 +4 16
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Yugoslavia (1930) 3 2 0 1 7 7 0 6
 Yugoslavia (1950–1990) 30 12 7 11 48 35 +13 43
 Yugoslavia (1998) 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
 Serbia and Montenegro (2006) 3 0 0 3 2 10 –8 0
 Serbia (since 2010) 6 2 0 4 4 7 -3 6

Debuts by tournament[edit]

Portugal (top) and Croatia (bottom) each finished third in their debut FIFA World Cup appearances, in 1966 and 1998.
Cuba, Northern Ireland, the Soviet Union, the Republic of Ireland, Senegal and Ukraine (pictured from top to bottom) all progressed to the quarter-finals of their debut FIFA World Cup tournament.

The inaugural FIFA World Cup tournament in 1930 featured 13 teams.[10] Since then, every instance of the competition has featured at least one team making their debut appearance.

List of national team debuts in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Participating teams Debuting teams Best-performing debuting team
T D D% C Team Result
1930 13 13 100% 13  Argentina
 Belgium
 Bolivia
 Brazil
 Chile
 France
 Mexico
 Paraguay
 Peru
 Romania
 United States
 Uruguay
 Yugoslavia
 Uruguay Winners
1934 16 10 62.5% 23  Austria
 Czechoslovakia
 Egypt
 Germany
 Hungary
 Italy
 Netherlands
 Spain
 Sweden
  Switzerland
 Italy Winners
1938 15 4 26.67% 27  Cuba
 Dutch East Indies
 Norway
 Poland
 Cuba Quarter-finals
1950 13 1 7.69% 28  England  England Group stage
1954 16 3 18.75% 31  Scotland
 South Korea
 Turkey
 Scotland
 South Korea
 Turkey
Group stage
1958 16 3 18.75% 34  Northern Ireland
 Soviet Union
 Wales
 Northern Ireland
 Soviet Union
 Wales
Quarter-finals
1962 16 2 12.5% 36  Bulgaria
 Colombia
 Bulgaria
 Colombia
Group stage
1966 16 2 12.5% 38  North Korea
 Portugal
 Portugal Third place
1970 16 3 18.75% 41  El Salvador
 Israel
 Morocco
 El Salvador
 Israel
 Morocco
Group stage
1974 16 4 25% 45  Australia
 East Germany
 Haiti
 Zaire
 East Germany Group stage 2
1978 16 2 12.5% 47  Iran
 Tunisia
 Iran
 Tunisia
Group stage 1
1982 24 5 20.8% 52  Algeria
 Cameroon
 Honduras
 Kuwait
 New Zealand
 Algeria
 Cameroon
 Honduras
 Kuwait
 New Zealand
Group stage 1
1986 24 3 12.5% 55  Canada
 Denmark
 Iraq
 Denmark Round of 16
1990 24 3 12.5% 58  Costa Rica
 Republic of Ireland
 United Arab Emirates
 Republic of Ireland Quarter-finals
1994 24 3 12.5% 61  Greece
 Nigeria
 Saudi Arabia
 Nigeria
 Saudi Arabia
Round of 16
1998 32 4 12.5% 65  Croatia
 Jamaica
 Japan
 South Africa
 Croatia Third place
2002 32 4 12.5% 69  China PR
 Ecuador
 Senegal
 Slovenia
 Senegal Quarter-finals
2006 32 6 18.75% 75  Angola
 Ghana
 Ivory Coast
 Togo
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Ukraine
 Ukraine Quarter-finals
2010 32 1 3.1% 76  Slovakia  Slovakia Round of 16
2014 32 1 3.1% 77  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina Group stage
2018 32 2 6.25% 79  Iceland
 Panama
 Iceland
 Panama
Group stage
2022 32 1 3.1% 80  Qatar
2026 48

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend
  • 1st — Champions
  • 2nd — Runners-up
  • 3rd — Third place
  • 4th — Fourth place
  • QF — Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–2022: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1 (1930, 1950-1970 and 1986-present: group stage; 1934-1938: knockout round of 16; 1974-1982: first group stage)
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned / Entry not accepted by FIFA
  •    — Hosts
  •     — Not affiliated to FIFA
  •  % — Success rate of reaching the World Cup Finals, only counting the times the team entered the tournament

The team ranking in each tournament is according to FIFA.[11] 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.[12]

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

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)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total partici-
pations
Qualifying percentage
 Algeria Part of France × R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
TBD TBD 4/13 30.8
 Angola Part of Portugal × R1
23rd
TBD TBD 1/9 11.1
 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
TBD TBD 17/18 94.4
 Australia × × × × × × × R1
14th
R2
16th
R1
21st
R1
30th
R1
30th
TBD TBD 5/14 35.7
 Austria × 4th ••[h] × 3rd R1
15th
× R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
TBD TBD 7/18 38.9
 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 TBD TBD 13/20 65
 Bolivia R1
12th
× × R1
13th
× R1
21st
TBD TBD 3/18 16.7
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia[a] × R1
20th
TBD TBD 1/6 16.7
 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
TBD TBD 21/21 100
 Bulgaria × × R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R2
15th
4th R1
29th
TBD TBD 7/19 36.8
 Cameroon Part of France × × R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
TBD TBD 7/13 53.8
 Canada × × × × × × × R1
24th
TBD q 1/14 7.1
 Chile R1
5th
× × R1
9th
3rd R1
T-13th
R1
11th
R1
22nd
× R2
16th
R2
10th
R2
9th
TBD TBD 9/18 50
 China PR Republic of China × × × × × × × R1
31st
TBD TBD 1/11 9.1
 Colombia × × × R1
14th
R2
14th
R1
19th
R1
21st
QF
5th
R2
9th
TBD TBD 6/16 37.5
 Costa Rica × × × × × R2
13th
R1
19th
R1
31st
QF
8th
R1
29th
TBD TBD 5/16 31.3
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × 3rd R1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd TBD TBD 5/6 83.3
 Cuba QF
8th
× × × × × × × TBD TBD 1/13 7.7
 Czech Republic[d] × 2nd QF
5th
× R1
14th
R1
9th
2nd R1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
TBD TBD 9/19 47.4
 Denmark × × × × × × R2
9th
QF
8th
R2
10th
R1
24th
R2
11th
TBD TBD 5/15 33.3
 DR Congo[f] Part of Belgium × × R1
16th
× TBD TBD 1/12 9.1
 East Germany[g] Part of Germany × × R2
6th
Part of Germany 1/9 11.1
 Ecuador × × × × × × R1
24th
R2
12th
R1
17th
TBD TBD 3/15 20
 Egypt × R1
13th
× × × × × × R1
20th
R1
31st
TBD TBD 3/14 21.4
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)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total partici-
pations
Qualifying percentage
 El Salvador × × × × × × R1
16th
R1
24th
TBD TBD 2/13 15.4
 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 TBD TBD 15/18 83.3
 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 TBD TBD 15/21 71.4
 Germany[g] × 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
TBD TBD 19/19 100
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom × × × R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
TBD TBD 3/13 23.1
 Greece × × R1
24th
R1
25th
R2
13th
TBD TBD 3/19 15.8
 Haiti × × × × × R1
15th
× TBD TBD 1/14 7.1
 Honduras × × × × × × × R1
18th
R1
30th
R1
31st
TBD TBD 3/14 21.4
 Hungary × QF
6th
2nd × 2nd R1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
TBD TBD 9/19 47.4
 Iceland × × × × × × × × R1
28th
TBD TBD 1/13 7.7
 Indonesia[e] × × R1
15th
× × × × × × TBD TBD 1/13 7.7
 Iran × × × × × × × × R1
14th
× × R1
20th
R1
T-25th
R1
28th
R1
18th
TBD TBD 5/10 50
 Iraq × × × × × × × × × R1
23rd
TBD TBD 1/11 9.1
 Israel[i] × R1
12th
TBD TBD 1/20 5
 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
TBD TBD 18/20 90
 Ivory Coast Part of France × × × × R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
TBD TBD 3/11 27.3
 Jamaica Part of the United Kingdom × × × R1
22nd
TBD TBD 1/12 8.3
 Japan × × × × × × R1
31st
R2
9th
R1
T-28th
R2
9th
R1
29th
R2
15th
TBD TBD 6/15 40
 Kuwait × × × × × × × × × R1
21st
TBD TBD 1/12 8.3
 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
TBD q 16/19 84.2
 Morocco Part of France × R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
TBD TBD 5/14 35.7
 Netherlands × R1
T-9th
R1
14th
× × 2nd 2nd R2
15th
QF
7th
4th R2
11th
2nd 3rd TBD TBD 10/18 55.6
 New Zealand × × × × × R1
23rd
R1
22nd
TBD TBD 2/13 15.4
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom × R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
TBD TBD 6/14 42.9
 North Korea Part of Japan × × QF
8th
× × × × R1
32nd
TBD TBD 2/10 20
 Northern Ireland × × × QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
TBD TBD 3/18 16.7
 Norway × × R1
12th
× R1
17th
R2
15th
TBD TBD 3/18 16.7
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)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total partici-
pations
Qualifying percentage
 Panama × × × × × × × × × × R1
32nd
TBD TBD 1/11 9.1
 Paraguay R1
9th
× × R1
11th
R1
12th
R2
13th
R2
14th
R2
16th
R1
18th
QF
8th
TBD TBD 8/19 42.1
 Peru R1
10th
× × × × QF
7th
R2
8th
R1
20th
R1
20th
TBD TBD 5/17 29.4
 Poland × R1
11th
× × 3rd R2
5th
3rd R2
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
TBD TBD 8/18 44.4
 Portugal × 3rd R1
17th
R1
21st
4th R2
11th
R1
18th
R2
13th
TBD TBD 7/20 35
 Qatar × × × × × × × × × × q TBD
 Republic of Ireland[j] × QF
8th
R2
16th
R2
12th
TBD TBD 3/20 15
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
× R1
T-10th
R2
12th
QF
6th
R2
11th
TBD TBD 7/20 35
 Russia[c] × × × × × QF
7th
QF
6th
4th QF
5th
R2
7th
R2
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
TBD TBD 11/16 68.8
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × R2
12th
R1
28th
R1
32nd
R1
T-28th
R1
26th
TBD TBD 5/11 45.5
 Scotland × × × •• R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
TBD TBD 8/18 44.4
 Senegal Part of France × × × × QF
7th
R1
17th
TBD TBD 2/11 18.2
 Serbia[a] 4th[b] R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4th R2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
× R2
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
TBD TBD 12/20 60
 Slovakia Part of Czechoslovakia[d] R2
16th
TBD TBD 1/6 16.7
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia[a] × R1
30th
R1
18th
TBD TBD 2/6 33.3
 South Africa × × × × × × × × × × R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
TBD TBD 3/7 42.9
 South Korea Part of Japan × R1
16th
× × R1
20th
R1
22nd
R1
20th
R1
30th
4th R1
17th
R2
15th
R1
27th
R1
19th
TBD TBD 10/15 66.7
 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
TBD TBD 15/19 78.9
 Sweden × QF
8th
4th 3rd 2nd R1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rd R2
13th
R2
14th
QF
7th
TBD TBD 12/20 60
  Switzerland × QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R2
15th
R2
10th
R1
19th
R2
11th
R2
14th
TBD TBD 11/20 55
 Togo Part of France × × × × × R1
30th
TBD TBD 1/10 10
 Trinidad and Tobago Part of the United Kingdom R1
27th
TBD TBD 1/14 7.1
 Tunisia Part of France × R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
TBD TBD 5/14 35.7
 Turkey × × × •• R1
9th
× 3rd TBD TBD 2/17 11.8
 Ukraine Part of Soviet Union[c] × QF
8th
TBD TBD 1/6 16.7
 United Arab Emirates × × × R1
24th
TBD TBD 1/9 11.1
 United States 3rd[b] R1
16th
× R1
10th
R1
23rd
R2
14th
R1
32nd
QF
8th
R1
T-25th
R2
12th
R2
15th
TBD q 10/20 50
 Uruguay 1st × × 1st 4th R1
13th
QF
7th
4th R1
13th
R2
16th
R2
16th
R1
26th
4th R2
12th
QF
5th
TBD TBD 13/19 68.4
 Wales × × × QF
6th
TBD TBD 1/18 5.6
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)
2026
Canada
United States
Mexico
(48)
Total partici-
pations
Qualifying percentage


Results of host nations[edit]

Except in 1934, host nations are granted an automatic spot in the World Cup group stage. The first host ever to fail to advance past the first round was South Africa in 2010. † denotes the best result in the team's history, ‡ - the best result at the time of the competition (improved later).

No. Year Host Nation Finish
1 1930  Uruguay Champions
2 1934  Italy Champions
3 1938  France Quarter-Final‡
4 1950  Brazil Runners-up
5 1954   Switzerland Quarter-Final†
6 1958  Sweden Runners-up
7 1962  Chile Third Place
8 1966  England Champions
9 1970  Mexico Quarter-Final†
10 1974  West Germany Champions
11 1978  Argentina Champions
12 1982  Spain Round 2 (Top 12)
13 1986  Mexico Quarter-Final†
14 1990  Italy Third Place
15 1994  United States Round of 16
16 1998  France Champions
17 2002  South Korea Fourth Place
 Japan Round of 16†
18 2006  Germany Third Place
19 2010  South Africa Group Stage†
20 2014  Brazil Fourth Place
21 2018  Russia Quarter-Final
22 2022  Qatar TBD†[k]
23 2026  Canada TBD
 Mexico TBD
 United States TBD

Results of defending champions and runners-up[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.[14] 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 are 15-for-18 in qualification efforts for the following World Cup.

Year Defending champions Finish Defending runners-up Finish
1934  Uruguay Did not enter  Argentina Round 1 (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

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil5229
2 Germany44412
3 Italy4217
4 Argentina2305
5 France2125
6 Uruguay2002
7 England1001
 Spain1001
9 Netherlands0314
10 Czechoslovakia0202
 Hungary0202
12 Sweden0123
13 Croatia0112
14 Poland0022
15 Austria0011
 Belgium0011
 Chile0011
 Portugal0011
 Turkey0011
 United States0011
Totals (20 nations)21212163

Results by confederation[edit]

AFC[edit]

South Korea have appeared at ten FIFA World Cup tournaments, more than any other AFC team. They finished fourth in 2002, a confederation record.
North Korea were the first AFC team to advance beyond the first stage of a FIFA World Cup tournament, reaching the quarter-finals in 1966.
Japan have competed in the FIFA World Cup six times, progressing to the knockout stage thrice, in 2002, 2010, and 2018.
List of AFC team appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Teams Top 16 Top 8/12 Top 4 Top 2 Team Result
Progress in the tournament Best performance
1938 1 N/A[l] 0 0 0  Dutch East Indies First round
1954 1 0 0 0  South Korea Group stage
1966 1 1 0 0  North Korea Quarter-finals
1970 1 0 0 0  Israel Group stage
1978 1 0 0 0  Iran Group stage
1982 1 0[m] 0 0  Kuwait Group stage
1986 2 0 0 0 0  Iraq
 South Korea
Group stage
1990 2 0 0 0 0  South Korea
 United Arab Emirates
Group stage
1994 2 1 0 0 0  Saudi Arabia Round of 16
1998 4 0 0 0 0  Iran
 Japan
 Saudi Arabia
 South Korea
Group stage
2002 4 2 1 1 0  South Korea Fourth place
2006 4 0 0 0 0  Iran
 Japan
 Saudi Arabia
 South Korea
Group stage
2010 4 2 0 0 0  Japan
 South Korea
Round of 16
2014 4 0 0 0 0  Australia
 Iran
 Japan
 South Korea
Group stage
2018 5 1 0 0 0  Japan Round of 16
Total 37 6 2 1 0  South Korea Fourth place

CAF[edit]

Cameroon were the first CAF nation to reach the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, the highest stage a team from the confederation has reached, in 1990.
Nigeria have participated in six FIFA World Cup tournaments, just one behind the CAF record holders Cameroon.
List of CAF team appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Teams Top 16 Top 8/12 Top 4 Top 2 Team Result
Progress in the tournament Best performance
1934 1 N/A[l] 0 0 0  Egypt First round
1970 1 0 0 0  Morocco Group stage
1974 1 0 0 0  Zaire Group stage
1978 1 0 0 0  Tunisia Group stage
1982 2 0[m] 0 0  Algeria
 Cameroon
Group stage 1
1986 2 1 0 0 0  Morocco Round of 16
1990 2 1 1 0 0  Cameroon Quarter-finals
1994 3 1 0 0 0  Nigeria Round of 16
1998 5 1 0 0 0  Nigeria Round of 16
2002 5 1 1 0 0  Senegal Quarter-finals
2006 5 1 0 0 0  Ghana Round of 16
2010 6 1 1 0 0  Ghana Quarter-finals
2014 5 2 0 0 0  Algeria
 Nigeria
Round of 16
2018 5 0 0 0 0  Egypt
 Morocco
 Nigeria
 Senegal
 Tunisia
Group stage
Total 44 9 3 0 0  Cameroon
 Senegal
 Ghana
Quarter-finals

CONCACAF[edit]

United States finished in third place in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, which remains the only semi-finals appearance by a CONCACAF team.
Mexico have participated in 16 FIFA World Cup tournaments, behind only Brazil (21), Germany (19), Italy (18) and Argentina (17).
List of CONCACAF team appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Teams Top 16 Top 8/12 Top 4 Top 2 Team Result
Progress in the tournament Best performance
1930 2 N/A[l] N/A[n] 1 0  United States Third place[b]
1934 1 0 0 0  United States First round
1938 1 1 0 0  Cuba Quarter-finals
1950 2 N/A[n] 0 0  Mexico
 United States
Group stage
1954 1 0 0 0  Mexico Group stage
1958 1 0 0 0  Mexico Group stage
1962 1 0 0 0  Mexico Group stage
1966 1 0 0 0  Mexico Group stage
1970 2 1 0 0  Mexico Quarter-finals
1974 1 0 0 0  Haiti Group stage
1978 1 0 0 0  Mexico Group stage
1982 2 0[m] 0 0  El Salvador
 Honduras
Group stage 1
1986 2 1 1 0 0  Mexico Quarter-finals
1990 2 1 0 0 0  Costa Rica Round of 16
1994 2 2 0 0 0  Mexico
 United States
Round of 16
1998 3 1 0 0 0  Mexico Round of 16
2002 3 2 1 0 0  United States Quarter-finals
2006 4 1 0 0 0  Mexico Round of 16
2010 3 2 0 0 0  Mexico
 United States
Round of 16
2014 4 3 1 0 0  Costa Rica Quarter-finals
2018 3 1 0 0 0  Mexico Round of 16
Total 42 14 5 1 0  United States Third place

CONMEBOL[edit]

Brazil are the most successful team in FIFA World Cup history, having won the tournament five times in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. They also finished as runners-up in the 1950 and 1998 tournaments. They are the only team that has played in every FIFA World Cup.
Uruguay hosted and won the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930, and later won again in 1950 when Brazil hosted.
List of CONMEBOL team appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Teams Top 16 Top 8/12 Top 4 Top 2 Team Result
Progress in the tournament Best performance
1930 7 N/A[l] N/A[n] 2 2  Uruguay Winners
1934 2 0 0 0  Argentina
 Brazil
First round
1938 1 1 1 0  Brazil Third place
1950 5 N/A[n] 2 2  Uruguay Winners
1954 2 2 1 0  Uruguay Fourth place
1958 3 1 1 1  Brazil Winners
1962 5 2 2 1  Brazil Winners
1966 4 2 0 0  Argentina
 Uruguay
Quarter-finals
1970 3 3 2 1  Brazil Winners
1974 4 2 1 0  Brazil Fourth place
1978 3 3 2 1  Argentina Winners
1982 4 2[m] 0 0  Argentina
 Brazil
Group stage 2
1986 4 4 2 1 1  Argentina Winners
1990 4 4 1 1 1  Argentina Runners-up
1994 4 2 1 1 1  Brazil Winners
1998 5 4 2 1 1  Brazil Runners-up
2002 5 2 1 1 1  Brazil Winners
2006 4 3 2 0 0  Argentina
 Brazil
Quarter-finals
2010 5 5 4 1 0  Uruguay Fourth place
2014 6 5 3 2 1  Argentina Runners-up
2018 5 4 2 0 0  Uruguay
 Brazil
Quarter-finals
Total 85 33 36 22 14  Brazil Winners (5 times)

OFC[edit]

Australia are the only OFC team to have advanced to the FIFA World Cup knockout stage, which they did in 2006.
List of OFC team appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Teams Top 16 Top 8/12 Top 4 Top 2 Team Result
Progress in the tournament Best performance
1974 1 N/A[l] 0 0 0  Australia Group stage
1982 1 0[m] 0 0  New Zealand Group stage 1
2006 1 1 0 0 0  Australia Round of 16
2010 1 0 0 0 0  New Zealand Group stage
Total 4 1 0 0 0  Australia Round of 16

UEFA[edit]

Italy were the first UEFA team to win the FIFA World Cup, which they did at the second tournament in 1934. They would later also win in 1938, 1982 and 2006.
Germany (including West Germany) have also won the FIFA World Cup four times and are the reigning champions. They are the European team with the most appearances in the FIFA World Cup.
List of UEFA team appearances in FIFA World Cup tournaments
Year Teams Top 16 Top 8/12 Top 4 Top 2 Team Result
Progress in the tournament Best performance
1930 4 N/A[l] N/A[n] 1 0  Yugoslavia Fourth place[b]
1934 12 8 4 2  Italy Winners
1938 12 6 3 2  Italy Winners
1950 6 N/A[n] 2 0  Sweden Third place
1954 12 6 3 2  West Germany Winners
1958 12 7 3 1  Sweden Runners-up
1962 10 6 2 1  Czechoslovakia Runners-up
1966 10 5 4 2  England Winners
1970 9 4 2 1  Italy Runners-up
1974 9 6 3 2  West Germany Winners
1978 10 5 2 1  Netherlands Runners-up
1982 14 10[m] 4 2  Italy Winners
1986 14 10 5 3 1  West Germany Runners-up
1990 14 10 6 3 1  West Germany Winners
1994 13 10 7 3 1  Italy Runners-up
1998 15 10 6 3 1  France Winners
2002 15 9 4 2 1  Germany Runners-up
2006 14 10 6 4 2  Italy Winners
2010 13 6 3 3 2  Spain Winners
2014 13 6 4 2 1  Germany Winners
2018 14 10 6 4 2  France Winners
Total 245 81 110 60 28  Germany[g]
 Italy
Winners
(4 times each)

Overall[edit]

After the first twenty-one World Cups, all top 2 finishes, and all but two top 4 finishes, have been achieved by European (UEFA) and South American (CONMEBOL) countries. The other four football regions together have got just one third place, won by the United States in the inaugural 1930 tournament,[b] and one fourth place, won by South Korea on home soil in 2002.

Comparison of results between confederations
AFC CAF CONCACAF CONMEBOL OFC UEFA Total
Nations 11[o] 13 11 9 2[o] 34 79
Participations 37 44 42 85 4 245 457
Top 16 6 9 14 33 1 81 144
Top 8/12[m] 2 3 5 36 0 110 156[p]
Top 4 1 0 1 22 0 60 84
Top 2 0 0 0 14 0 28 42
1st 0 0 0 9 0 12 21
2nd 0 0 0 5 0 16 21
3rd 0 0 1 3 0 17 21
4th 1 0 0 5 0 15 21

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Serbia is considered the inheritor of the records of the  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro teams, which competed from 1930 to 2006, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia are considered separate teams.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h 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.[13]
  3. ^ a b c d e Russia is considered the inheritor of the records of the  Soviet Union, which competed 1958–1990, while Ukraine is considered a separate team.
  4. ^ a b c d e The Czech Republic is considered the inheritor of the records of  Czechoslovakia, which competed 1934–1994, while Slovakia is considered a separate team.
  5. ^ a b c Indonesia competed in 1938 as  Dutch East Indies.
  6. ^ a b c DR Congo was known as  Zaire until during the 1998 campaign.
  7. ^ a b c d e Post-reunification Germany is considered the inheritor of the records of pre-war  Germany (competed 1934–1938) and  West Germany (competed 1954–1990), while East Germany is considered a separate team.
  8. ^ Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  11. ^ Qatar will debut in the tournament in 2022, so its result will also be its best result in history.
  12. ^ a b c d e f From 1930 to 1978, the FIFA World Cup finals tournament featured 16 or fewer teams, while in 1982, the tournament featured 24 teams and a second round with 12 teams.[15]
  13. ^ a b c d e f g The 1982 edition in Spain had a format with a second round consisting of 12 teams from which 4 teams qualified to the semi-final round.
  14. ^ a b c d e f The 1930 and 1950 tournaments progressed directly from the first round to semi-finals.
  15. ^ a b Australia has participated as part of OFC and AFC
  16. ^ The 1930 and 1950 tournaments did not have a quarter-final round, while 1982 had a second round consisting of 12 teams, of which 4 advanced.

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA. 14 Sep 2017.
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