1982 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1982 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Dates26 March 1980 – 10 January 1982
Teams109 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played306
Goals scored797 (2.6 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gary Cole
Flag of New Zealand.svg Steve Sumner
Flag of New Zealand.svg Brian Turner
Flag of Germany.svg Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
(9 goals each)
1978
1986

A total of 109 teams entered the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, which began with the preliminary qualification draw on 14 October 1979 at Zürich, competing for a total of 24 spots in the final tournament, an increase from 16 in the previous World Cups. Spain, as the hosts, and Argentina, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition.

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The 24 spots available in the 1982 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

A total of 103 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 306 qualifying matches were played, and 797 goals were scored (an average of 2.60 per match).

Qualified teams

Final qualification status
Country qualified for World Cup
Country failed to qualify
Country did not enter World Cup
Country not a FIFA member 1982 world cup qualification.png
Final qualification status
  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 24 teams qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup:

TeamMethod of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Host6 July 19666th 1978 2Fourth place (1950)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup Winners25 June 19788th 1978 3Winners (1978)
Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg  Brazil CONMEBOL Group 1 Winners22 March 198112th 1978 12Winners (1958, 1962, 1970)
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile CONMEBOL Group 3 Winners14 June 19816th 1974 1Third place (1962)
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru CONMEBOL Group 2 Winners6 September 19814th 1978 2Quarter-finals (1970), Second round (1978)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium UEFA Group 2 Winners9 September 19816th 1970 1First round (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1970)
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland UEFA Group 7 Winners10 October 19814th 1978 3Third place (1974)
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland UEFA Group 6 Winners14 October 19815th 1978 3First round (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978)
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany UEFA Group 1 Winners14 October 198110th 1978 8Winners (1954, 1974)
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria CAF Final round Winners30 October 19811st1
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary UEFA Group 4 Winners31 October 19818th 1978 2Runners-up (1938, 1954)
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy UEFA Group 5 Runners-up14 November 198110th 1978 6Winners (1934, 1938)
Flag of Honduras (2008 Olympics).svg  Honduras 1981 CONCACAF Championship Champions16 November 19811st1
Flag of England.svg  England UEFA Group 4 Runners-up18 November 19817th 1970 1Winners (1966)
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland UEFA Group 6 Runners-up18 November 19812nd 1958 1Quarter-finals (1958)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union UEFA Group 3 Winners18 November 19815th 1970 1Fourth place (1966)
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia UEFA Group 5 Winners21 November 19817th 1974 1Fourth place (1930, 1962)
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria UEFA Group 1 Runners-up22 November 19815th 1978 2Third place (1954)
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 1981 CONCACAF Championship Runners-up22 November 19812nd 1970 1First round (1970)
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon CAF Final round Winners29 November 19811st1
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia UEFA Group 3 Runners-up29 November 19817th 1970 1Runners-up (1934, 1962)
Flag of France.svg  France UEFA Group 2 Runners-up5 December 19818th 1978 2Third place (1958)
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait AFC and OFC Final round Winners14 December 19811st1
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand AFC and OFC Final round play-off Winners10 January 19821st1

10 of the 24 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1986 finals: Austria, Cameroon, Chile, Czechoslovakia, El Salvador, Honduras, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru and Yugoslavia.

Continental zones

To see the dates and results of the qualification rounds for each continental zone, click on the following articles:

Group 1 - West Germany and Austria qualified.
Group 2 - Belgium and France qualified.
Group 3 - USSR and Czechoslovakia qualified.
Group 4 - Hungary and England qualified.
Group 5 - Yugoslavia and Italy qualified.
Group 6 - Scotland and Northern Ireland qualified.
Group 7 - Poland qualified.
Group 1 - Brazil qualified.
Group 2 - Peru qualified.
Group 3 - Chile qualified.
Honduras and El Salvador qualified.
Algeria and Cameroon qualified.
Kuwait and New Zealand qualified.

Top goalscorers

9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals

Notes

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