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1962 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1962 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates21 August 1960 – 16 December 1961
Teams56 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played92
Goals scored325 (3.53 per match)
Top scorer(s)Czechoslovakia Andrej Kvašňák
(7 goals)
1958
1966

A total of 56 teams entered the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Chile, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

As with previous World Cups, the rules of the qualification rounds were quite confusing. Moreover, the winners of the four weakest continental zones: North America (NAFC), Central America and Caribbean (CCCF), Africa (CAF) and Asia (AFC), were not guaranteed direct spots in the final tournament. Instead, each of them had to enter a play-off against a team from either Europe (UEFA) or South America (CONMEBOL), with the winners of the three play-offs qualifying.

The 16 spots available in the 1962 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 8 direct places + 2 spots in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against teams from CAF and AFC), contested by 30 teams (including Israel and Ethiopia).
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 5 direct places + 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CCCF/NAFC); 2 direct places went to automatic qualifiers Chile and Brazil, while the other 3.5 places were contested by 7 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CCCF/NAFC): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL), contested by 8 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA), contested by 6 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 1 spot in the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA), contested by 3 teams.

A total of 49 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 92 qualifying matches were played, and 325 goals were scored (an average of 3.53 per match).

Listed below are the dates and results of the qualification rounds.

Europe

The 30 teams were divided into 10 groups. The groups had different rules, as follows:

  • Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 had 3 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
  • Group 7 had 5 teams. The teams played in a knockout tournament, with matches on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 9 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA / CAF Intercontinental Play-off.
  • Group 10 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

UEFA Group 1

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Switzerland 4 3 0 1 9 9 0 6
2  Sweden 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7 6
3  Belgium 4 0 0 4 3 10 −7 0
19 October 1960 Sweden  2–0  Belgium Stockholm, Sweden
Börjesson Goal 53'
Brodd Goal 74'
Report Referee: Wharton (Scotland)

20 November 1960 Belgium  2–4   Switzerland Brussels, Belgium
Van Himst Goal 24'
Paeschen Goal 80'
Report Antenen Goal 21'48'78'
Schneiter Goal 44'
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)

20 May 1961 Switzerland   2–1  Belgium Lausanne, Switzerland
Ballaman Goal 8'16' Report Claessen Goal 83' Referee: Dorogi (Hungary)

28 May 1961 Sweden  4–0   Switzerland Stockholm, Sweden
Jonsson Goal 8'
Börjesson Goal 15'75'
Simonsson Goal 70'
Report Referee: Scares (Portugal)

4 October 1961 Belgium  0–2  Sweden Brussels, Belgium
Report Brodd Goal 70'78' Referee: Guerra (Portugal)

29 October 1961 Switzerland   3–2  Sweden Bern, Switzerland
Antenen Goal 8'
Wüthrich Goal 68'
Eschmann Goal 81'
Report Simonsson Goal 2'
Brodd Goal 79'
Referee: Aston (England)

Sweden and Switzerland finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

12 November 1961 Switzerland   2–1  Sweden West Berlin, West Germany
Schneiter Goal 65'
Antenen Goal 76'
Report Brodd Goal 20' Referee: Dusch (West Germany)

Switzerland qualified

UEFA Group 2

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 6
2  France 4 3 0 1 10 3 +7 6
3  Finland 4 0 0 4 3 12 −9 0
25 September 1960 Finland  1–2  France Helsinki, Finland
Pahlman Goal 36' (pen.) Report Wisnieski Goal 63'
Ujlaki Goal 83'
Referee: Malka (West Germany)

11 December 1960 France  3–0  Bulgaria Colombes, France
Wisnieski Goal 48'
Marcel Goal 58'
Cossou Goal 80'
Report Stadium: Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Attendance: 40,690
Referee: Bonetto (Italy)

16 June 1961 Finland  0–2  Bulgaria Helsinki, Finland
Report Iliev Goal 33'
Kolev Goal 75' (pen.)
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 11,977
Referee: Latyshev (Soviet Union)

28 September 1961 France  5–1  Finland Paris, France
Faivre Goal 6'41'
Wisnieski Goal 12'
Piantoni Goal 79'
Schultz Goal 86'
Report Pahlman Goal 44' Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)

29 October 1961 Bulgaria  3–1  Finland Sofia, Bulgaria
Yakimov Goal 28'
Diev Goal 34'
Velichkov Goal 86'
Report Pietiläinen Goal 10' Stadium: Vasil Levski
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Baçar (Turkey)

12 November 1961 Bulgaria  1–0  France Sofia, Bulgaria
Iliev Goal 89' Report Stadium: Vasil Levski
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Fend (Czechoslovakia)

Bulgaria and France finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

16 December 1961 Bulgaria  1–0  France Milan, Italy
Yakimov Goal 47' Report Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 34,740
Referee: Lo Bello (Italy)

Bulgaria qualified

UEFA Group 3

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  West Germany 4 4 0 0 11 5 +6 8
2  Northern Ireland 4 1 0 3 7 8 −1 2
3  Greece 4 1 0 3 3 8 −5 2
26 October 1960 Northern Ireland  3–4  West Germany Belfast, Northern Ireland
McAdams Goal 27'51'90' Report Brülls Goal 7'
Seeler Goal 53'
Dörfel Goal 55'79'
Referee: Horn (Netherlands)

20 November 1960 Greece  0–3  West Germany Athens, Greece
Report Dörfel Goal 8'
Brülls Goal 31'
Haller Goal 42'
Referee: Ehrlich (Yugoslavia)

3 May 1961 Greece  2–1  Northern Ireland Athens, Greece
Papaemmanouil Goal 8'64' Report McIlroy Goal 81' Referee: Priesner (Israel)

10 May 1961 West Germany  2–1  Northern Ireland West Berlin, West Germany
Kreß Goal 29'
Brülls Goal 58'
Report McIlroy Goal 69' Referee: Lindberg (Sweden)

17 October 1961 Northern Ireland  2–0  Greece Belfast, Northern Ireland
McLaughlin Goal 28'57' Report Referee: Bonetto (Italy)

22 October 1961 West Germany  2–1  Greece Augsburg, West Germany
Seeler Goal 5'27' Report Papaemmanouil Goal 59' Referee: Nilsen (Norway)

West Germany qualified

UEFA Group 4

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Hungary 4 3 1 0 11 5 +6 7
2  Netherlands 3 0 2 1 4 7 −3 2
3  East Germany 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
16 April 1961 Hungary  2–0  East Germany Budapest, Hungary
Albert Goal 12'
Göröcs Goal 52'
Report Referee: Takov (Bulgaria)

30 April 1961 Netherlands  0–3  Hungary Rotterdam, Netherlands
Report Fenyvesi Goal 22'
Sándor Goal 24'
Tichy Goal 36'
Referee: Kingston (Wales)

14 May 1961 East Germany  1–1  Netherlands Leipzig, East Germany
Erler Goal 79' Report Groot Goal 63' Referee: Jörgensen (Denmark)

10 September 1961 East Germany  2–3  Hungary East Berlin, East Germany
Erler Goal 53'
P. Ducke Goal 87'
Report Solymosi Goal 43'
Sándor Goal 75'
Tichy Goal 78'
Referee: Lukianov (Soviet Union)

1 October 1961 Netherlands  Not played[1]  East Germany Netherlands

22 October 1961 Hungary  3–3  Netherlands Budapest, Hungary
Göröcs Goal 19'
Monostori Goal 21'
Tichy Goal 80'
Report Van de Linden Goal 8'14'
Groot Goal 56'
Referee: Phillips (Scotland)

Hungary qualified

UEFA Group 5

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Soviet Union 4 4 0 0 11 3 +8 8
2  Turkey 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 4
3  Norway 4 0 0 4 3 11 −8 0
1 June 1961 Norway  0–1  Turkey Ullevaal, Oslo, Norway
Report Oktay Goal 16' Referee: Hansen (Denmark)

18 June 1961 Soviet Union  1–0  Turkey Moscow, Soviet Union
Voronin Goal 20' Report Referee: Hirviniemi (Finland)

1 July 1961 Soviet Union  5–2  Norway Moscow, Soviet Union
Metreveli Goal 14'
Ponedelnik Goal 26'
Bubukin Goal 32'66'
Meskhi Goal 53'
Report Borgen Goal 64'
E. Hansen Goal 87'
Referee: Kowal (Poland)

23 August 1961 Norway  0–3  Soviet Union Oslo, Norway
Report Ponedelnik Goal 48'
Meskhi Goal 49'
Metreveli Goal 76'
Referee: Meighan (Republic of Ireland)

29 October 1961 Turkey  2–1  Norway Istanbul, Turkey
Yelken Goal 60'
Oktay Goal 72'
Report Jensen Goal 59' Referee: Popa (Romania)

12 November 1961 Turkey  1–2  Soviet Union Istanbul, Turkey
Oktay Goal 78' Report Gusarov Goal 12'
Mamykin Goal 18'
Referee: Verner (Israel)

Soviet Union qualified

UEFA Group 6

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  England 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 7
2  Portugal 4 1 1 2 9 7 +2 3
3  Luxembourg 4 1 0 3 5 21 −16 2
19 October 1960 Luxembourg  0–9  England Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Report Charlton Goal 3'7'66'
Greaves Goal 16'83'85'
Smith Goal 22'46'
Haynes Goal 61'
Referee: Martens (Netherlands)

19 March 1961 Portugal  6–0  Luxembourg Lisbon, Portugal
Águas Goal 32'
Yaúca Goal 49'53'61'
Brosius Goal 83' (o.g.)
Coluna Goal 85'
Report Referee: Mellet (Switzerland)

21 May 1961 Portugal  1–1  England Lisbon, Portugal
Águas Goal 59' Report Flowers Goal 82' Referee: Bonetto (Italy)

28 September 1961 England  4–1  Luxembourg London, England
Pointer Goal 35'
Viollet Goal 37'
Charlton Goal 45'76'
Report Dimmer Goal 69' Referee: Versyp (Belgium)

8 October 1961 Luxembourg  4–2  Portugal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Schmit Goal 27'53'56'
N. Hoffmann Goal 84'
Report Eusébio Goal 84'
Yaúca Goal 89'
Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)

25 October 1961 England  2–0  Portugal London, England
Connelly Goal 5'
Pointer Goal 9'
Report Referee: Bois (France)

England qualified

UEFA Group 7

First round

13 November 1960 Cyprus  1–1  Israel Nicosia, Cyprus
Shialis Goal 29' Report Kofman Goal 31' Referee: Bajić (Yugoslavia)

27 November 1960 Israel  6–1  Cyprus Tel Aviv, Israel
Levi Goal 14'30'66'
Stelmach Goal 61'88'
Nahari Goal 34'
Report Shialis Goal 89' (pen.) Referee: Bajić (Yugoslavia)

Israel advanced to the Second Round.

Second round

Romania withdrew, so Italy advanced to the Final Round automatically.

14 March 1961 Israel  1–0  Ethiopia Tel Aviv, Israel
Glazer Goal 69' Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)

19 March 1961 Israel  3–2  Ethiopia Haifa, Israel
Glazer Goal 27'77'
Stelmach Goal 59'
Report Awad Goal 31'
Vassalo Goal 64'
Referee: Pósa (Hungary)

Israel advanced to the Final Round.

Final round

15 October 1961 Israel  2–4  Italy Tel Aviv, Israel
Stelmach Goal 15'
Young Goal 38'
Report Lojacono Goal 53' (pen.)
Altafini Goal 79'
Corso Goal 87'90'
Referee: Takow (Bulgaria)

4 November 1961 Italy  6–0  Israel Turin, Italy
Sivori Goal 16'52'65'88'
Corso Goal 59'
Angelillo Goal 69'
Report Referee: Asensi Martin (Spain)

Italy qualified

UEFA Group 8

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 4 3 0 1 16 5 +11 6
2  Scotland 4 3 0 1 10 7 +3 6
3  Republic of Ireland 4 0 0 4 3 17 −14 0
3 May 1961 Scotland  4–1  Republic of Ireland Glasgow, Scotland
Brand Goal 14'40'
Herd Goal 59'85'
Report Haverty Goal 52' Referee: Guigue (France)

7 May 1961 Republic of Ireland  0–3  Scotland Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Report Young Goal 4'16'
Brand Goal 86'
Referee: Grandain (Belgium)

14 May 1961 Czechoslovakia  4–0  Scotland Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Pospíchal Goal 8'85'
Kvašňák Goal 13' (pen.)
Kadraba Goal 40'
Report Referee: Steiner (Austria)

29 September 1961 Scotland  3–2  Czechoslovakia Glasgow, Scotland
St. John Goal 21'
Law Goal 62'83'
Report Kvašňák Goal 6'
Scherer Goal 51'
Referee: Gulliksen (Norway)


29 October 1961 Czechoslovakia  7–1  Republic of Ireland Prague, Czechoslovakia
Kvašňák Goal 8'36'
Scherer Goal 24'75'
Jelínek Goal 30'
Pospíchal Goal 59'
Masopust Goal 61'
Report Fogarty Goal 56' Referee: Lundell (Sweden)

Czechoslovakia and Scotland finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

29 November 1961 Czechoslovakia  4–2
(a.e.t.)
 Scotland Brussels, Belgium
Hledík Goal 70'
Scherer Goal 84'
Pospíchal Goal 95'
Kvašňák Goal 101'
Report St. John Goal 38'71' Referee: Versyp (Belgium)

Czechoslovakia qualified

UEFA Group 9

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
2  Wales 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
19 April 1961 Wales  1–2  Spain Cardiff, Wales
Woosnam Goal 7' Report Rodríguez Goal 21'
Di Stéfano Goal 78'
Referee: Reymaeckers (Belgium)

18 May 1961 Spain  1–1  Wales Madrid, Spain
Peiró Goal 55' Report Allchurch Goal 69' Referee: Horn (Netherlands)

Spain advanced to the UEFA / CAF Intercontinental Play-off.

UEFA Group 10

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
2  Poland 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
4 June 1961 Yugoslavia  2–1  Poland Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Kaloperović Goal 42' (pen.)
Kostić Goal 49'
Report Brychczy Goal 65' Referee: Stathatos (Greece)

25 June 1961 Poland  1–1  Yugoslavia Chorzów, Poland
Szmidt Goal 29' Report Galić Goal 2' Referee: Korelus (Czechoslovakia)

Yugoslavia advanced to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

South America

Among the 7 teams, Paraguay were drawn to play in the CONMEBOL / CCCF / NAFC Intercontinental Play-off. The remaining 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

CONMEBOL Group 1

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Argentina 2 2 0 0 11 3 +8 4
2  Ecuador 2 0 0 2 3 11 −8 0
4 December 1960 Ecuador  3–6  Argentina Guayaquil, Ecuador
Spencer Goal 81'
Raffo Goal 83'85'
Corbatta Goal 5' (pen.)40'
Pando Goal 12'
Sosa Goal 14'
Sanfilippo Goal 47'
Ramaciotti Goal 75'
Referee: Robles (Chile)

17 December 1960 Argentina  5–0  Ecuador Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gómez Goal 6' (o.g.)
Sanfilippo Goal 53'
Corbatta Goal 55' (pen.)
Sosa Goal 75'
Pando Goal 89'
Referee: Robles (Chile)

Argentina qualified

CONMEBOL Group 2

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Uruguay 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 3
2  Bolivia 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
15 July 1961 Bolivia  1–1  Uruguay La Paz, Bolivia
Alcócer Goal 54' Cubilla Goal 23' Referee: Robles (Chile)

30 July 1961 Uruguay  2–1  Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
Cabrera Goal 3'
Escalada Goal 39'
Camacho Goal 65' Referee: Robles (Chile)

Uruguay qualified

CONMEBOL Group 3

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Colombia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
2  Peru 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
30 April 1961 Colombia  1–0  Peru Bogotá, Colombia
Escobar Goal 27' Referee: Praddaude (Argentina)

7 May 1961 Peru  1–1  Colombia Lima, Peru
Delgado Goal 3' (pen.) González Goal 68' Referee: Marino (Uruguay)

Colombia qualified

North, Central America and Caribbean

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The remaining 7 teams (Canada withdrew before the matches began) were divided into 3 groups of 2 or 3 teams each (Group 1 with teams from Northern America and Mexico, Group 2 with teams from Central America and Group 3 with teams from Caribbean). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off.

CCCF/NAFC First Round

Group 1

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Mexico 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 3
2  United States 2 0 1 1 3 6 −3 1
 Canada withdrew
6 November 1960 United States  3–3  Mexico Los Angeles, United States
Bicek Goal 31' (pen.)
Fister Goal 58'
Zerhusen Goal 84'
Mercado Goal 8'
Reyes Goal 17'21'
Referee: Kulai (Canada)

13 November 1960 Mexico  3–0  United States Mexico City, Mexico
Mercado Goal 5'
Reyes Goal 35'
Díaz Goal 38'
Referee: Sanchez (Honduras)

Mexico advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1=  Costa Rica 4 2 1 1 13 8 +5 5
1=  Honduras 4 2 1 1 5 7 −2 5
3  Guatemala 4 0 2 2 7 10 −3 2
21 August 1960 Costa Rica  3–2  Guatemala San Jose, Costa Rica
Rojas Goal 28'
Ulloa Goal 52'58'
Espinoza Goal 1'
Masella Goal 35'
Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

28 August 1960 Guatemala  4–4  Costa Rica Guatemala City, Guatemala
López Goal 13'49'79'
Espinoza Goal 63'
Jiménez Goal 18'57'
Ulloa Goal 35'81'
Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

4 September 1960 Honduras  2–1  Costa Rica Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Suazo Goal 10'
Leaky Goal 21'
Rodríguez Goal 46' Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

11 September 1960 Costa Rica  5–0  Honduras San Jose, Costa Rica
Jiménez Goal 31'34'
Ulloa Goal 42'
Rodríguez Goal 69'
Pearson Goal 85'
Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

25 September 1960 Honduras  1–1  Guatemala Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Suazo Goal 59' López Goal 28' Referee: Mendez (El Salvador)

2 October 1960 Guatemala  0–2
(w/o)
 Honduras Guatemala City, Guatemala
Forfeited[2]

Costa Rica and Honduras finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

14 January 1961 Costa Rica  1–0  Honduras Guatemala City, Guatemala
Rodríguez Goal 29' Referee: Buergo Elcuaz (Mexico)

Costa Rica advanced to the Final Round.

Group 3

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Netherlands Antilles 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 3
2  Suriname 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
2 October 1960 Suriname  1–2  Netherlands Antilles Paramaribo, Suriname
Foe a Man Goal 45' Dirksz Goal 21'45' Referee: Orrego (Colombia)

27 November 1960 Netherlands Antilles  0–0  Suriname Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Referee: Yamasaki (Peru)

Netherlands Antilles advanced to the Final Round.

CCCF/NAFC Final Round

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Mexico 4 2 1 1 11 2 +9 5
2  Costa Rica 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2 4
3  Netherlands Antilles 4 1 1 2 2 13 −11 3
22 March 1961 Costa Rica  1–0  Mexico San Jose, Costa Rica
Goban Goal 51' Referee: Queiroz (Brazil)

29 March 1961 Costa Rica  6–0  Netherlands Antilles San Jose, Costa Rica
Ulloa Goal 12'
Quesada Goal 28'89'
Rojas Goal 33'
Rodríguez Goal 42'
Monge Goal 50'
Referee: Tejada Burga (Peru)

5 April 1961 Mexico  7–0  Netherlands Antilles Mexico City, Mexico
Flores Goal 28'52'64'
Reyes Goal 45'75'
González Goal 65'80'
Referee: Morgan (Canada)

12 April 1961 Mexico  4–1  Costa Rica Mexico City, Mexico
Flores Goal 11'
Cárdenas Goal 31'
Gutiérrez Goal 77'
Mercado Goal 87'
Grant Goal 54' Referee: Sundheim (Colombia)

23 April 1961 Netherlands Antilles  2–0  Costa Rica Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Loran Goal 30'34' Referee: Trapote López (Venezuela)

Mexico advanced to the CONMEBOL/CCCF/NAFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Africa

There would be two rounds of play:

  • First Round: The 6 teams were divided into 3 groups of 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off.

CAF First Round

Group 1

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Republic withdrew
 Sudan withdrew

United Arab Republic and Sudan both withdrew as FIFA refused to allow them to rearrange their games to avoid the monsoon season.[1][permanent dead link]

Group 2

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1=  Morocco 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
1=  Tunisia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
30 October 1960 Morocco  2–1  Tunisia Casablanca, Morocco
Khalfi Goal 33'
Azhar Goal 60' (pen.)
Meddeb Goal 43' Stadium: Stade d'Honneur
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Blanco Perez (Spain)

13 November 1960 Tunisia  2–1  Morocco Tunis, Tunisia
Chetali Goal 47'
Tlemçani Goal 60'
Chicha Goal 64' Stadium: Stade Géo André
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)

Morocco and Tunisia finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

22 January 1961 Morocco  1–1
(a.e.t.)
 Tunisia Palermo, Italy
Azhar Goal 36' Kerrit Goal 89' Stadium: Stadio Comunale
Referee: Lo Bello (Italy)

Morocco advanced to the Final Round by winning a coin toss.

Group 3

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Ghana 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3 3
2  Nigeria 2 0 1 1 3 6 −3 1
28 August 1960 Ghana  4–1  Nigeria Accra, Ghana
Acquah Goal 18'
Boateng Goal 44'
Fynn Goal 54'
Salisu Goal 55'
Fayemi Goal 50' Stadium: Accra Sports Stadium
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Holland (England)

10 September 1960 Nigeria  2–2  Ghana Lagos, Nigeria
Emenako Goal 28'
Fayemi Goal 75' (pen.)
Acquah Goal 14'83' Stadium: George V Stadium
Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)

Ghana advanced to the Final Round.

CAF Final Round

Only 2 teams competed due to the withdrawals of both teams in Group 1.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Morocco 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
2  Ghana 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
2 April 1961 Ghana  0–0  Morocco Accra, Ghana
Stadium: Accra Sports Stadium
Referee: Hussein Fahmy (Egypt)

28 May 1961 Morocco  1–0  Ghana Casablanca, Morocco
Khalfi Goal 37' Stadium: Stade d'Honneur
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Blanco Perez (Spain)

Morocco advanced to the UEFA/CAF Intercontinental Play-off.

Asia

There would be only one round of play. The 3 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

AFC Final Round

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  South Korea 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 4
2  Japan 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
 Indonesia withdrew
6 November 1960 South Korea  2–1  Japan Seoul, Korea Republic
Chung Soon-Cheon Goal 39'41' Sasaki Goal 26' Referee: Kim Duck-Chun (South Korea)

11 June 1961 Japan  0–2  South Korea Tokyo, Japan
Chung Soon-Cheon Goal 21'
Yoo Pan-Soon Goal 26'
Referee: Pratlett (Hong Kong)

Korea Republic advanced to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

Inter-confederation play-offs

In each play-off, the teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

CAF v UEFA

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Morocco
1  Spain 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 4 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 3–2
2  Morocco 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0 0–1
Source: FIFA

UEFA v AFC

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia South Korea
1  Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 4 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 5–1
2  South Korea 2 0 0 2 2 8 −6 0 1–3
Source: FIFA

CCCF/NAFC v CONMEBOL

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Mexico Paraguay
1  Mexico 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3 Qualification to 1962 FIFA World Cup 1–0
2  Paraguay 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 0–0
Source: FIFA

Qualified teams

FIFA World Cup qualification 1962
FIFA World Cup qualification 1962
Qualifying countries
Qualifying countries
Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
 Argentina 4th 2 1958
 Brazil (c) 7th 7 1958
 Bulgaria 1st 1
 Chile (h) 3rd 1 1950
 Colombia 1st 1
 Czechoslovakia 5th 3 1958
 England 4th 4 1958
 Hungary 5th 3 1958
 Italy 5th 1 1954
 Mexico 5th 4 1958
 Spain 3rd 1 1950
  Switzerland 5th 1 1954
 Uruguay 4th 1 1954
 Soviet Union 2nd 2 1958
 West Germany 5th 3 1958
 Yugoslavia 5th 4 1958

(h) – qualified automatically as host nation

(c) – qualified automatically as defending champions


3 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1966 finals: Colombia, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

Goalscorers

7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals