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A total of 199 teams entered the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 32 spots in the final tournament. Korea Republic and Japan, as the co-hosts, and France, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 29 spots open for competition.

The 32 spots available in the 2002 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:
  • Europe (UEFA): 14.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier France, while the other 13.5 places were contested by 50 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from AFC)
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4.5 places, contested by 10 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from OFC).
  • North, Central America and Caribbeanmarker (CONCACAF): 3 places, contested by 35 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 5 places, contested by 51 teams.
  • Asia (AFC): 4.5 places, 2 of them went to automatic qualifiers South Korea and Japan, while the other 2.5 places were contested by 40 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA).
  • Oceania (OFC): 0.5 place, contested by 10 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL).


A total of 193 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 777 qualifying matches were played, and 2452 goals were scored (an average of 3.16 per match).

Continental zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:
Group 1 - Russia qualified. Slovenia advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 2 - Portugal qualified. Republic of Ireland advanced to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off
Group 3 - Denmark qualified. Czech Republic advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 4 - Sweden qualified. Turkey advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 5 - Poland qualified. Ukraine advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 6 - Croatia qualified. Belgium advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 7 - Spain qualified. Austria advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 8 - Italy qualified. Romania advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Group 9 - England qualified. Germany advanced to the UEFA Play-offs.
Play-offs - Belgium, Germany, Slovenia and Turkey qualified over Czech Republic, Ukraine, Romania, and Austria respectively.
Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay qualified. Uruguay advanced to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.
Costa Rica, Mexico and USA qualified.
Group A - Cameroon qualified.
Group B - Nigeria qualified.
Group C - Senegal qualified.
Group D - Tunisia qualified.
Group E - South Africa qualified.
Group A - Saudi Arabia qualified. Iran advanced to the AFC Play-off.
Group B - China PR qualified. United Arab Emirates advanced to the AFC Play-off.
Play-off - Iran advanced to the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off over United Arab Emirates.
Australia advanced to the CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off.


Intercontinental Play-offs

The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off




Republic of Ireland qualified by the aggregate score of 2–1.

CONMEBOL / OFC Intercontinental Play-off




Uruguay qualified by the aggregate score of 3–1.

Qualified teams

Qualifying countries


Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
13th 8 1998
11th 6 1998
17th 17 1998
5th 4 1998
1st 1
2nd 1 1990
2nd 2 1998
3rd 2 1998
1st 1
11th 2 1998
(c) 11th 2 1998
15th(1) 13(1) 1998
15th 11 1998
(h) 2nd 2 1998
(h) 6th 5 1998
12th 3 1998
3rd 3 1998
6th 2 1998
6th 1 1986
3rd 1 1986
3rd 1 1994
2nd(2) 1 1994
3rd 3 1998
1st 1
1st 1
2nd 2 1998
11th 7 1998
10th 1 1994
3rd 2 1998
2nd 1 1954
7th 4 1998
10th 1 1990


(h) - qualified automatically as co-hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

1Includes 10 appearances by DFB representing West Germany between 1954 and 1990.


2Excludes appearances by USSR.
If those are counted together, this is their 9th appearance.


Notes



  • Australia netted 31 goals against newcomers American Samoa, setting the record of the highest-scoring match and biggest margin victory in an international match ever. This was only two days after Australia thrashed Tonga 22-0, a then international record. Also, Archie Thompson’s 13 goals in the match against American Samoa surpassed the previous record of 10.






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