A total of 197 teams entered the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
, competing for a total of 32 spots in the final tournament. Germany
, as the host, qualified automatically, leaving 31 spots open for competition. The final distribution was as follows:
- Europe - represented by UEFA : 51 teams competing for 13 places (Germany qualified automatically as host nation for a total of 14 places)
- Africa - the CAF : 51 teams, 5 places
- South America - CONMEBOL : 10 teams, 4.5 places
- Asia - the AFC : 39 teams, 4.5 places
- North, Central American and Caribbean - CONCACAF : 34 teams, 3.5 places
- Oceania - the OFC : 12 teams, 0.5 places
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
For the first time ever, the defending champion (Brazil
) did not qualify automatically. The hosts (Germany
) retained their automatic spot. In 1934, the defending champions (Uruguay
) declined to participate and the hosts (Italy
) had to qualify, but in the tournaments between 1938 and 2002 (inclusive), the hosts and the defending champions had automatic berths.
The original distribution of places between the six confederations called for Oceania to be given one full spot in the final 32; this idea was... Read More