The qualification for the football tournament.


The final tournament had 16 spots reserved with 30 countries initially showing interest in the tournament. Automatic qualification was granted to Flag of Argentina Argentina (Host), Flag of Poland Poland, Flag of Turkey Turkey and Flag of Germany West Germany

  • Europe: 4 places, contested by 8 teams
  • Africa: 1 place, contested by 2 teams
  • Asia: 5 places, contested by 10 teams
  • Americas: 2 places, contested by 5 teams


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bulgaria 23x15px 4–3 (a.e.t) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 1–1 3–2
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg w/o1 23x15px Romania
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg w/o2 Flag of Germany.svg East Germany
Soviet Union 23x15px 7-0 23x15px Israel 5-0 2-0

1 Romania withdrew.
2 East and West Germany competed together at the 1956 Olympics, thus the East German football team withdrew. However, a solely West German football team was fielded instead of a combined one.


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ethiopia 23x15px 2-7 23x15px Egypt 1-3 1-4


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
South Vietnam 23x15px 9-5 23x15px Cambodia 5-2 4-3
India 23x15px bye1 23x15px Thailand
Japan 23x15px 2-32 23x15px Korea 1-1 1-2
China PR 23x15px w/o3 23x15px Philippines
Indonesia 23x15px w/o4 23x15px Republic of China

1 Both teams were awarded byes.
2 Both matches were played in Japan.
3 Philippines withdrew.
4 Republic of China withdrew.


Pan American Games

Main article: Football at the 1955 Pan American Games
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 96411256+19
23x15px Netherlands Antilles 863211012−2
Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico 562131114−3
23x15px Venezuela 261051024−14

Netherlands Antilles qualifies through to the Olympics


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
United States Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg w/o1 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico

1 Mexico withdrew.

Before the official draw for the final tournament on September 1, 1956, Poland withdrew and was replaced by Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain. After the draw Hungary withdrew as well. Its place was offered to South Japan, however they declined as well. The People's Republic of China and Egypt withdrew their whole Olympic teams in protest. South Vietnam also withdrew and was replaced by Venezuela

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