A Guide to FIFA World Cup Qualification

MatthewA By MatthewA, 1st Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ikey-ar5/
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The finals of the FIFA World Cup include 32 teams, with an unequal number from the various continents. A good number more teams attempt to qualify for the World Cup, but in the end only 32 qualify for the finals. Overall, FIFA has variable World Cup qualification formats for the various zones.

A Guide to FIFA World Cup Qualification

For example, in Europe the most number of teams qualify for the finals. Up to 13 teams qualify for the World Cup finals. Overall, the European qualification for the 2010 World Cup included up to 9 groups, largely with 6 teams overall. They play on a home and away basis up to 10 games in total, with the top team qualifying automatically.

For the teams finishing second in the European groups, play-offs are included. These play-offs are played on a home and away basis. If a tie is tied then away goals can be used to decide the playoff. Otherwise, extra-time and penalties are required.

African teams have up to 5 teams that qualify for the World Cup finals. For the South African World Cup, the hosts also qualify automatically, as is standard for host nations. These play in five groups of four, with the top finishing teams qualifying for the World Cup finals.

Up to five South American teams can qualify for the World Cup. However, only four qualify automatically. A league of up to 10 teams is played, with 18 games each, with the top four teams qualifying for the World Cup finals. Then, a play-off is included for the 5th place team against the fourth placed CONCACAF team.

Before you ask, it stands for north, central America and Caribbean teams. The top three finishing teams from a group of six automatically qualify for the World Cup. Then, as mentioned there is a playoff included for the fourth placed finishing team here.

Four places are reserved for Asian teams. The final qualification stage includes two groups of five. The top two finishing teams from two groups of six qualify for the finals. Then, a playoff is reserved for the 3rd place teams in the groups. The winner of this playoff does not then qualify for the finals, but instead playoffs against the top placed OFC team for a place in the World Cup.

So really, when qualification is complete up to 32 teams make it to the finals, largely European sides. As such, it cannot be considered a co-incidence that European teams usually win the FIFA World Cup, unless either Brazil or Argentina beat them.

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