The FIFA World Cup qualification is the process that a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals. The FIFA World Cup is the largest international team sport competition in the world with a qualification process required to reduce the large field of countries from 52 to just 16 for the World Cup finals until the 1982 edition.


First appearance in qualification by team

Note: Only teams that played at least one match are considered for the purposes of first appearance. Teams that withdrew prior to the qualification, or that qualified to the World Cup by walkover due to other teams' withdrawals, are not considered. Teams that succeeded in their first qualification are in bold.

World Cup Europe South America North, Central America and Caribbean Asia and Pacific Africa Total
23x15px Finland
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
Flag of Norway.svg Norway
23x15px Russia
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg Wales
Flag of Chile.svg Chile none none none 8
Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Flag of England.svg England
Flag of France.svg France
23x15px Germany
St Patrick's saltire.svg Ireland
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
23x15px Poland
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
23x15px Romania
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
23x15px Turkey
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada
23x15px Mexico
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States
Flag of Japan.svg Japan
23x15px Philippines
23x15px China
Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg Egypt 28
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
23x15px Estonia
23x15px Greece
Flag of Ireland.svg Irish Free State
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Spain
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
23x15px Haiti
23x15px Honduras
23x15px Trinidad and Tobago

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