THE QUALIFICATION ROUNDS
Participating countries 34 Total matches 26
Total goals 121 Goals per game average 4.65
- WCQ GROUP 1 -
01.Oct 49 Belfast Northern Ireland 2-8 Scotland
15.Oct 49 Cardiff Wales 1-4 England
09.Nov 49 Glasgow Scotland 2-0 Wales
16.Nov 49 Manchester England 9-2 Northern Ireland
08.Mar 50 Wrexham Wales 0-0 Northern Ireland
15.Apr 50 Glasgow Scotland 0-1 England
P W D L Gls Pts
1.England 3 3 0 0 14- 3 6
2.Scotland 3 2 0 1 10- 3 4
3.Wales 3 0 1 2 1- 6 1
4.Northern Ireland 3 0 1 2 4-17 1
Scotland qualified but then declined to go. France
invited, accepted, but declined after seeing their
travelling schedule during the World Cup.
- WCQ GROUP 2 -
20.Nov 49 Ankara Turkey 7-0 Syria
Austria withdrew, Turkey had a walkover, but
withdrew also. Portugal invited, but declined.
- WCQ GROUP 3 -
21.Aug 49 Belgrade Yugoslavia 6-0 Israel
18.Sep 49 Tel Aviv Israel 2-5 Yugoslavia
09.Oct 49 Belgrade Yugoslavia 1-1 France
30.Oct 49 Paris France 1-1 Yugoslavia
11.Dec 49 Florence Yugoslavia 3-2 France
- WCQ GROUP 4 -
26.Jun 49 Zürich Switzerland 5-2 Luxembourg
18.Sep 49 Luxembourg Luxembourg 2-3 Switzerland
Belgium withdrew so Switzerland had a walkover.
- WCQ GROUP 5 -
02.Jun 49 Stockholm Sweden 3-1 Rep. of Ireland
08.Sep 49 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 3-0 Finland
02.Oct 49 Malmö Sweden 8-1 Finland
09.Oct 49 Helsinki Finland 1-1 Rep. of Ireland
13.Nov 49 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 1-3 Sweden
Finland withdrew, FIFA declared their matches
P W D L Gls Pts
1.Sweden 3 3 0 0 14- 3 6
2.Rep. of Ireland 4 1 1 2 6- 7 3
3.Finland 3 0 1 2 2-12 1
- WCQ GROUP 6 -
02.Apr 50 Madrid Spain 5-1 Portugal
09.Apr 50 Lisbon Portugal 2-2 Spain
- WCQ GROUP 7 -
Argentina withdrew so Chile and Bolivia had walkovers.
- WCQ GROUP 8 -
Peru and Ecuador withdrew so Uruguay and Paraguay
- WCQ GROUP 9 -
04.Sep 49 Mexico City USA 0-6 Mexico
11.Sep 49 Mexico City Mexico 2-0 Cuba
14.Sep 49 Mexico City Cuba 1-1 USA
18.Sep 49 Mexico City Mexico 6-2 USA
21.Sep 49 Mexico City USA 5-2 Cuba
25.Sep 49 Mexico City Cuba 0-3 Mexico
P W D L Gls Pts
1.Mexico 4 4 0 0 17- 2 8
2.USA 4 1 1 2 8-15 3
3.Cuba 4 0 1 3 3-11 1
- WCQ GROUP 10 -
Burma withdrew so India had a walkover. Philippines
and Indonesia withdrew.
India had a walkover, qualified, but withdrew
because their barefooted players would have to wear
boots at the World Cup.
QUALIFIED FROM EUROPE:
England, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Sweden and
Spain + Italy as defending champions.
QUALIFIED FROM SOUTH AMERICA:
Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay + Brazil
as host nation.
QUALIFIED FROM NORTH/CENTRAL AMERICA:
Mexico and USA.
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