1982 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1982 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 109 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 306
Goals scored 797 (2.6 per match)
1978
1986

A total of 109 teams entered the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, which began with the preliminary qualification draw on 14 October 1979 at Zürich, competing for a total of 24 spots in the final tournament, an increase from 16 in the previous World Cups. Spain, as the hosts, and Argentina, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition.

The 24 spots available in the 1982 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 14 places, one to automatic qualifier Spain, while the other 13 places were contested by 33 teams (including Israel).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 places, one to automatic qualifier Argentina, while the other 3 places were contested by 9 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 places, contested by 15 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 2 places, contested by 29 teams.
  • Asia (AFC) and Oceania (OFC): 2 places, contested by 21 teams.

A total of 103 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 306 qualifying matches were played, and 797 goals were scored (an average of 2.60 per match).

Qualified teams

Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 24 teams qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup:

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
 Spain Host 6 July 1966 6th 1978 2 Fourth place (1950)
 Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup Winners 25 June 1978 8th 1978 3 Winners (1978)
 Brazil CONMEBOL Group 1 Winners 22 March 1981 12th 1978 12 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970)
 Chile CONMEBOL Group 3 Winners 14 June 1981 6th 1974 1 Third place (1962)
 Peru CONMEBOL Group 2 Winners 6 September 1981 4th 1978 2 Quarter-finals (1970), Second round (1978)
 Belgium UEFA Group 2 Winners 9 September 1981 6th 1970 1 First round (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970)
 Poland UEFA Group 7 Winners 10 October 1981 4th 1978 3 Third place (1974)
 Scotland UEFA Group 6 Winners 14 October 1981 5th 1978 3 First round (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978)
 West Germany UEFA Group 1 Winners 14 October 1981 10th 1978 8 Winners (1954, 1974)
 Algeria CAF Final round Winners 30 October 1981 1st 1
 Hungary UEFA Group 4 Winners 31 October 1981 8th 1978 2 Runners-up (1938, 1954)
 Italy UEFA Group 5 Runners-up 14 November 1981 10th 1978 6 Winners (1934, 1938)
 Honduras 1981 CONCACAF Championship Champions 16 November 1981 1st 1
 England UEFA Group 4 Runners-up 18 November 1981 7th 1970 1 Winners (1966)
 Northern Ireland UEFA Group 6 Runners-up 18 November 1981 2nd 1958 1 Quarter-finals (1958)
 Soviet Union UEFA Group 3 Winners 18 November 1981 5th 1970 1 Fourth place (1966)
 Yugoslavia UEFA Group 5 Winners 21 November 1981 7th 1974 1 Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 Austria UEFA Group 1 Runners-up 22 November 1981 5th 1978 2 Third place (1954)
 El Salvador 1981 CONCACAF Championship Runners-up 22 November 1981 2nd 1970 1 First round (1970)
 Cameroon CAF Final round Winners 29 November 1981 1st 1
 Czechoslovakia UEFA Group 3 Runners-up 29 November 1981 7th 1970 1 Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 France UEFA Group 2 Runners-up 5 December 1981 8th 1978 2 Third place (1958)
 Kuwait AFC and OFC Final round Winners 14 December 1981 1st 1
 New Zealand AFC and OFC Final round play-off Winners 10 January 1982 1st 1

10 of the 24 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1986 finals: Austria, Cameroon, Chile, Czechoslovakia, El Salvador, Honduras, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru and Yugoslavia.

Continental zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 - West Germany and Austria qualified.
Group 2 - Belgium and France qualified.
Group 3 - USSR and Czechoslovakia qualified.
Group 4 - Hungary and England qualified.
Group 5 - Yugoslavia and Italy qualified.
Group 6 - Scotland and Northern Ireland qualified.
Group 7 - Poland qualified.
Group 1 - Brazil qualified.
Group 2 - Peru qualified.
Group 3 - Chile qualified.
Honduras and El Salvador qualified.
Algeria and Cameroon qualified.
Kuwait and New Zealand qualified.


Notes

  • The away goals rule was used for the first time as a tie-breaker for two-legged ties. Niger advanced twice due to this rule, eliminating Somalia and Togo.
  • With the expansion of the final tournament, this marked the first time two teams from Africa and Asia qualified.
  • New Zealand set numerous records on their first successful campaign. They played 15 qualifying matches and travelled 55,000 miles during qualification. Their 13–0 score against Fiji set a World Cup record as did Steve Sumner's six goals in that match. Also during qualifying goalkeeper Richard Wilson went a world cup record 921 minutes without conceding a goal.

External links

  • FIFA World Cup Official Site - 1982 World Cup Qualification
  • RSSSF - 1982 World Cup Qualification
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