Wales at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of Wales' results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[1]

The Football Association of Wales is the third oldest in the world, having been founded in 1876. The foundation's first official international match was played between Scotland and Wales at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow. Wales have only played in one FIFA World Cup[2] to date. During the preparations for the 1928 Olympic Football Tournament, FIFA ruled that all its member associations must provide "broken-time" payments to cover the expenses of players from their country who participated. In response to what they considered to be unacceptable interference, the football associations of Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland held a meeting at which they agreed to resign from FIFA.[3] As a result, Wales did not compete in the three interwar World Cup competitions. The Football Association of Wales did not rejoin FIFA as a permanent member until 1946.[4]


World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter
Italy 1934 Did not enter
France 1938 Did not enter
Brazil 1950 Did not qualify
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify
Sweden 1958 Quarter-finals 7/16 5 1 3 1 4 4
Chile 1962 Did not qualify
England 1966 Did not qualify
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify
Spain 1982 Did not qualify
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 Did not qualify
United States 1994 Did not qualify
France 1998 Did not qualify
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify
Total 1/20 1 Quarter-final 5 1 3 1 4 4
* Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Record vs[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (By team)
Total : Wins - Ties - Loses - games played
Against Wins Draws Losses Total
 Brazil 0 0 1 1
 Hungary 1 1 0 2
 Mexico 0 1 0 1
 Sweden 0 1 0 1

Sweden 1958[edit]

Wales did not qualify as of right for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Due to several countries refusing to play Israel, FIFA ordered that Israel should play a qualification playoff against one of the second placed European teams.[5] Wales were the European team drawn and won the playoff against Israel.[5] Wales performed well at the finals tournament, advancing to the quarter-final and giving eventual winners Brazil their toughest test of the competition.[5]

Group 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 5 1 5.00 5
 Wales 3 0 3 0 2 2 1.00 3
 Hungary 3 1 1 1 6 3 2.00 3
 Mexico 3 0 1 2 1 8 0.13 1
Quarter Finals


  1. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage (PDF), Retrieved on June 6, 2007.
  2. ^ "Burley move pays off for Scotland". CNN. 1998-09-28. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  3. ^ "British Society of Sports History". FIFA. 1999-08-19. Archived from the original on 2005-09-04. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Between the Wars". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  5. ^ a b c Stokkermans, Karel (26 July 2012). "Lucky Losers". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

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