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A total of 34 teams entered the qualification rounds of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. , as the hosts, and , as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

The remaining 32 teams were divided into 10 groups, based on geographical considerations, as follows:
  • Groups 1 to 6 - Europe: 7 places, contested by 18 teams (including and ).
  • Groups 7, 8 and 9 - The Americas: 6 places, contested by 10 teams.
  • Group 10 - Asia: 1 place, contested by 4 teams.
However, due to the withdrawals of , and after qualifying, only 13 teams actually competed in the final tournament.

A total of 19 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 26 qualifying matches were played, and 121 goals were scored (an average of 4.65 per match).

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

Groups

The 10 groups had different rules, as follows:
  • Group 1 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other once. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Groups 2, 3 and 4 had 3 teams each. The strongest team of each group was seeded. There would be two rounds of play:
    • First Round: The seeded team received a bye and advanced to the Final Round directly. The unseeded teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the Final Round.
    • Final Round: The seeded team played against the winner of the First Round on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.
  • Group 5 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 6 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 7 had 3 teams. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 8 had 4 teams. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 9 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 10 had 4 teams. The group winner would qualify.


Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 6 3 3 0 0 14 3
2 4 3 2 0 1 10 3
3= 1 3 0 1 2 4 17
3= 1 3 0 1 2 1 6

















England qualified. Scotland also qualified, but declined to travel.

Group 2

First round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 2 1 1 0 0 7 0
2 0 1 0 0 1 0 7


Syria withdrew, and remaining match was not played.

Turkey advanced to the Final Round.

Final round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
qualified, later withdrew
withdrew


Austria withdrew, so Turkey qualified automatically. But Turkey later also withdrew, and FIFA offered the place to Portugal, the runner-up of Group 6, but they declined. FIFA decided not to allow anyone else to qualify, leaving the World Cup two teams short.

Group 3

First round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 4 2 2 0 0 11 2
2 0 2 0 0 2 2 11





Yugoslavia advanced to the Final Round.

Final round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1= 2 2 0 2 0 2 2
1= 2 2 0 2 0 2 2





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

Yugoslavia qualified while France were also offered a place by FIFA. They initially accepted, but later declined.

Group 4

First round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 4 2 2 0 0 8 4
2 0 2 0 0 2 4 8





Switzerland advanced to the Final Round.

Final round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 qualified
withdrew


Belgium withdrew, so Switzerland qualified automatically.

Group 5

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 4 2 2 0 0 6 2
2 3 4 1 1 2 6 7
3 1 2 0 1 1 1 4











Sweden qualified. Finland withdrew before the group was completed. Ireland were subsequently invited to enter competition but declined the opportunity .

Group 6

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 3 2 1 1 0 7 3
2 1 2 0 1 1 3 7





Spain qualified. Portugal were also invited to take part but they declined.

Group 7

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1= qualified
1= qualified
withdrew


Argentina withdrew, so Bolivia and Chile qualified automatically.

Group 8

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1= qualified
1= qualified
withdrew
withdrew


Ecuador and Peru both withdrew, so Paraguay and Uruguay qualified automatically.

Group 9

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
1 8 4 4 0 0 17 2
2 3 4 1 1 2 8 15
3 1 4 0 1 3 3 11

















Mexico and the United States qualified.

Group 10

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
qualified, later withdrew
withdrew
withdrew
withdrew


Burma, the Philippines and Indonesia all withdrew, so India qualified automatically. But India later also withdrew after a FIFA ruling that players were not allowed to play barefoot, and FIFA decided not to invite anyone else, leaving the World Cup three teams short.

Qualified teams

Participating countries after 3 of the 16 qualifying countries withdrew.


Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
2nd 1 1930
(h) 4th 4 1938
2nd 1 1930
1st 1
1st 1
(c) 3rd 3 1938
2nd 1 1930
2nd 1 1930
2nd 1 1934
1st 1
3rd 3 1938
3rd 3 1938
1st 1
3rd 1 1934
2nd 1 1930
2nd 1 1930


(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

Notes

  • At the start of 1950 there were, in effect, two Ireland teams, chosen by two rival associations. Both associations, the Northern Irelandmarker - based IFA and the Republic of Irelandmarker - based FAI claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Irelandmarker and selected players from the whole island. As a result several notable Irish players from this era played for both teams. Four players - Tom Aherne, Reg Ryan, Davy Walsh and Con Martin - actually played for both the FAI XI and the IFA XI in these qualifying rounds. FIFAmarker intervened, after complaints from the FAI, and subsequently restricted players' eligibility based on the political border. In 1953 FIFA ruled neither team could be referred to as Ireland, decreeing that the FAI team be officially designated as the Republic of Ireland, while the IFA team was to become Northern Ireland.
  • For the third qualifying tournament in a row, the South American teams qualified automatically after withdrawals. In Group 7, Bolivia and Chile did play two matches between them, but they were not classified as official World Cup qualifiers by FIFA.


References

  1. www.independent.ie


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