In the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup started with the preliminary draw held in Zurich in December 2003, 197 teams from the six FIFA confederations were allocated a share of the 31 spots available on the basis of the strength of their teams. The final distribution was as follows:

  • Europe - represented by UEFA : 49 teams competing for 12 places (? qualified automatically as host nation for a total of 13 places)
  • Africa - the CAF : 48 teams, 6 places
  • South America - CONMEBOL : 10 teams, 3 or 4 places
  • Asia - the AFC : 39 teams, 5 or 6 places
  • North, Central American and Caribbean - CONCACAF : 28 teams, 3 or 4 places
  • Oceania - the OFC : 12 teams, 0 or 1 place (not guaranteed a position).

Each .5 indicates a place in inter-confederation matchups for the last two spots, namely playoffs between AFC and CONCACAF and between CONMEBOL and OFC.

A total of 194 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 847 qualifying matches were played, and 2464 goals were scored (an average of 2.91 per match).

Notes on qualification

  1. 2

Qualified teams

  1. 3

Qualification Groups

   * 3.1 

Europe (UEFA)

   * 3.2 

South American (CONMEBOL)

   * 3.3 

Africa (CAF)

   * 3.4 

Oceania (OFC)

   * 3.5 

Asia (AFC)

   * 3.6 

North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF)

  1. 4

Playoffs

   * 4.1 

Summary

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Withdrawals

  1. 6

Did not enter

  1. 7

Excluded

2022 FIFA World Cup, showing: 1st (dark blue), 2nd (light blue), 3rd (dark green), 4th (light green), Quarterfinals (yellow), Round 2 (peach), Round 1 (red), Yellow squares are the host nations.

See also

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
  • 2022 FIFA World Cup Australia
  • 2026 FIFA World Cup China
  • 2030 FIFA World Cup Union Americana
  • 2034 FIFA World Cup Canada
  • 2038 FIFA World Cup India
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