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1970 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams75 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played172
Goals scored542 (3.15 per match)
Top scorer(s) Tostão (10 goals)
1966
1974

A total of 75 teams entered the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Hosts Mexico and defending champions England qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

For the first time, the winners of both the African zone and the Asian and Oceanian zone were guaranteed a direct place in the final tournament. The 16 spots available in the 1970 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

  • Europe (UEFA): 9 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier England, while the other 8 places were contested by 29 teams.
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 3 places, contested by 10 teams.
  • North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Mexico, while the other 1 place was contested by 13 teams.
  • Africa (CAF): 1 place, contested by 13 teams. (13 teams applied, but FIFA rejected the entries of Guinea and Zaire, leaving 11 teams. A 14th team from Africa, Rhodesia, entered through a non-CAF qualifying system.)
  • Asia and Oceania (AFC/OFC): 1 place, contested by 7 teams (including Rhodesia).

A total of 68 teams played in at least one qualifying match. A total of 172 qualifying matches were played, and 542 goals were scored (an average of 3.15 per match).

Listed below are the dates and results of the qualification rounds.

Key:

  • Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
  • Teams highlighted in red in the same table finished level on points and advanced to a play-off on neutral ground.

1970 FIFA World Cup qualification Intro articles: 2

Qualified teams

FIFA World Cup qualification 1970
Team Qualified as Qualification date Appearance
in finals
Consecutive
Streak
Previous best performance
 Mexico Host 008 October 1964 7th 6 Group Stage (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966)
 England Holders 0130 July 1966 6th 6 Winners (1966)
 Belgium UEFA Group 6 Winners 0230 April 1969 5th 1 (Last: 1954) Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938, 1954)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL Group 3 Winners 0310 August 1969 6th 3 Winners (1930, 1950)
 Brazil CONMEBOL Group 2 Winners 0424 August 1969 9th 9 Winners (1958, 1962)
 Peru CONMEBOL Group 1 Winners 0531 August 1969 2nd 1 (Last: 1930) Group Stage (1930)
 El Salvador CONCACAF Winners 068 October 1969 1st 1
 Sweden UEFA Group 5 Winners 0715 October 1969 5th 1 (Last: 1958) Runners-Up (1958)
 West Germany UEFA Group 7 Winners 0822 October 1969 7th 5 Winners (1954)
 Morocco CAF Winners 0926 October 1969 1st 1
 Soviet Union UEFA Group 4 Winners 104 November 1969 4th 4 Fourth Place (1966)
 Romania UEFA Group 1 Winners 1116 November 1969 4th 1 (Last: 1938) Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938)
 Italy UEFA Group 3 Winners 1222 November 1969 7th 3 Winners (1934, 1938)
 Czechoslovakia UEFA Group 2 Winners 133 December 1969 6th 1 (Last: 1962) Runners-Up (1934, 1962)
 Bulgaria UEFA Group 8 Winners 147 December 1969 3rd 3 Group Stage (1962, 1966)
 Israel AFC/OFC Winners 1514 December 1969 1st 1

10 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1974 finals: Belgium, Czechoslovakia, El Salvador, England, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Romania and Soviet Union.

UEFA

(30 teams competing for 8 berths)

FIFA rejected the entry of Albania. The remaining 29 teams were divided into 8 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (three groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1
Team Pld Pts
 Romania 6 8
 Greece 6 7
  Switzerland 6 5
 Portugal 6 4
Group 2
Team Pld Pts
 Czechoslovakia 6 9
 Hungary 6 9
 Denmark 6 5
 Republic of Ireland 6 1
Group 3
Team Pld Pts
 Italy 4 7
 East Germany 4 5
 Wales 4 0
Group 4
Team Pld Pts
 Soviet Union 4 7
 Northern Ireland 4 5
 Turkey 4 0
Group 5
Team Pld Pts
 Sweden 4 6
 France 4 4
 Norway 4 2
Group 6
Team Pld Pts
 Belgium 6 9
 Yugoslavia 6 7
 Spain 6 6
 Finland 6 2
Group 7
Team Pld Pts
 West Germany 6 11
 Scotland 6 7
 Austria 6 6
 Cyprus 6 0
Group 8
Team Pld Pts
 Bulgaria 6 9
 Poland 6 8
 Netherlands 6 7
 Luxembourg 6 0

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CONMEBOL

The 10 teams were divided into 3 groups; two groups with 3 teams and one group with 4 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Peru 5 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
2  Bolivia 4 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1
3  Argentina 3 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2
27 July 1969 Bolivia  3–1  Argentina La Paz, Bolivia
Díaz  18'
Blacut  51'
Alvarez  70'
Tarabini  43' Referee: Sosa Miranda (Paraguay)

3 August 1969 Peru  1–0  Argentina Lima, Peru
León  52' Referee: De Moraes (Brazil)

10 August 1969 Bolivia  2–1  Peru La Paz, Bolivia
Alvarez  69'
Chumpitaz  80' (o.g.)
Challe  51' Referee: Chechelev (Venezuela)

17 August 1969 Peru  3–0  Bolivia Lima, Peru
Cubillas  36'
Cruzado  40' (pen)
Gallardo  58'
Referee: Ramirez (Colombia)

24 August 1969 Argentina  1–0  Bolivia Buenos Aires, Argentina
Albrecht  62' (pen) Referee: Pena Rocha (Uruguay)

31 August 1969 Argentina  2–2  Peru Buenos Aires, Argentina
Albrecht  80'
Rendo  89'
Ramírez  70'81' Referee: Diaz (Chile)

Peru qualified.

The Bolivia v Peru match on 10 August 1969 is infamous for being fixed by Argentina in favour of Bolivia. Match referee Sergio Chechelev annulled a valid goal from Peru without any justification, allowing Bolivia to win 2-1. Years later, Chechelev excused himself saying that Argentina had paid him to favour Bolivia.[1]

This has been the only time that Argentina failed to qualify to a World Cup tournament.

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Brazil 12 6 6 0 0 23 2 +21
2  Paraguay 8 6 4 0 2 6 5 +1
3  Colombia 3 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5
4  Venezuela 1 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17
27 July 1969 Colombia  3–0  Venezuela Bogotá, Colombia
González  34'56'
Segrera  76' (pen)
Referee: Murgueytio (Ecuador)

2 August 1969 Venezuela  1–1  Colombia Caracas, Venezuela
Mendoza  55' Tamayo  61' Referee: Ortube Vargas (Bolivia)

6 August 1969 Colombia  0–2  Brazil Bogotá, Colombia
Tostão  37'44' Referee: Tejada Burga (Peru)

6 August 1969 Venezuela  0–2  Paraguay Caracas, Venezuela
Rojas  38'
Sosa  53'
Referee: Palacio (Chile)

10 August 1969 Colombia  0–1  Paraguay Bogotá, Colombia
Martínez  57' Referee: Pedraza (Peru)

10 August 1969 Venezuela  0–5  Brazil Caracas, Venezuela
Tostão  60'72'74'
Pelé  71'75'
Referee: Villacis (Ecuador)

17 August 1969 Paraguay  0–3  Brazil Asunción, Paraguay
Mendoza  70' (o.g.)
Jairzinho  81'
Edu  90'
Referee: Conley (Chile)

21 August 1969 Brazil  6–2  Colombia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tostão  15'40'
Edu  48'
Pelé  60'
Rivelino  86'
Jairzinho  88'
Mesa  18'
Gallego  89'
Attendance: 99,947[2]
Referee: Comesana (Argentina)

21 August 1969 Paraguay  1–0  Venezuela Asunción, Paraguay
Gimenez  11' Referee: Otero (Uruguay)

24 August 1969 Brazil  6–0  Venezuela Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tostão  3'22'24'
Jairzinho  30'
Pelé  45' (pen)69'
Referee: Ortube Vargas (Bolivia)

24 August 1969 Paraguay  2–1  Colombia Ascuncion, Paraguay
Arrúa  38'49' Segrera  83' (pen) Referee: Pestarino (Argentina)

31 August 1969 Brazil  1–0  Paraguay Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pelé  68' Referee: Barreto Ruiz (Uruguay)

Brazil qualified.

Group 3

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Uruguay 7 4 3 1 0 5 0 +5
2  Chile 4 4 1 2 1 5 4 +1
3  Ecuador 1 4 0 1 3 2 8 −6
6 July 1969 Ecuador  0–2  Uruguay Guayaquil, Ecuador
Bareño  31'
Zubía  60'
Referee: Arppi Filho (Brazil)

13 July 1969 Chile  0–0  Uruguay Santiago, Chile
Referee: Bossolino (Argentina)

20 July 1969 Uruguay  1–0  Ecuador Montevideo, Uruguay
Ancheta  76' Referee: Osorio (Paraguay)

27 July 1969 Chile  4–1  Ecuador Santiago, Chile
Olivares  55'
Valdéz  62'86'
Tobar  79' (o.g.)
Lasso  89' Referee: Ramírez (Colombia)

3 August 1969 Ecuador  1–1  Chile Guayaquil, Ecuador
Rodríguez  16' Olivares  58' Referee: Angeles (Peru

10 August 1969 Uruguay  2–0  Chile Montevideo, Uruguay
Cortés  44'
Rocha  90'
Referee: Marques (Brazil)

Uruguay qualified.

1970 FIFA World Cup qualification CONMEBOL articles: 70

CONCACAF

FIFA rejected the entry of Cuba. There would be three rounds of play:

  • First Round: The remaining 12 teams were divided into 4 groups of 3 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would advance to the Semifinal Round.
  • Semifinal Round: The 4 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Final Round: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.

First round

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  United States 6 4 3 0 1 11 6 +5
2  Canada 5 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5
3  Bermuda 1 4 0 1 3 2 12 −10
6 October 1968 Canada  4–0  Bermuda Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vigh  3' (pen)
Zanatta  10'
Papadakis  25'75'
Referee: Segura (Mexico)

13 October 1968 Canada  4–2  United States Toronto, Ontario, Canada
McPate  40'68'
Patterson  79'
Vigh  89'
Roy  38'
Stritzl  89'
Referee: Figaroa (Netherlands Antilles)

20 October 1968 Bermuda  0–0  Canada Hamilton, Bermuda
Referee: Koetsier (Netherlands Antilles)

26 October 1968 United States  1–0  Canada Atlanta, United States
Albrecht  50' Referee: Soto Paris (Costa Rica)

2 November 1968 United States  6–2  Bermuda Kansas City, United States
Millar  22'63'?'
Baker  25'56'
Roy  60'
Trott  34'
Best  51'
Referee: Fingal (Netherlands Antilles)

11 November 1968 Bermuda  0–2  United States Hamilton, Bermuda
Smith  8' (o.g.)
Roy  41'
Referee: Felipe (Mexico)

United States advanced to the Semifinal Round.

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Haiti 5 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4
2  Guatemala 4 4 1 2 1 5 3 +2
3  Trinidad and Tobago 3 4 1 1 2 4 10 −6
17 November 1968 Guatemala  4–0  Trinidad and Tobago Guatemala City, Guatemala
Stokes  30'
Murren  66' (o.g.)
Bastide  78' (o.g.)
Melgar  88'
Referee: Araya Muñoz (Costa Rica)

20 November 1968 Guatemala  0–0  Trinidad and Tobago Guatemala City, Guatemala[3]
Referee: Osorio Castillo (Mexico)

23 November 1968 Haiti  4–0  Trinidad and Tobago Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Saint-Vil  39'52'
Obas  57'
François  86'
Referee: Gamboa (Costa Rica)

25 November 1968 Haiti  2–4  Trinidad and Tobago Port-au-Prince, Haiti[3]
Guillaume  23'
Vorbe  52'
Archibald Referee: Archundia (Mexico)

8 December 1968 Haiti  2–0  Guatemala Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Guillaume
Saint Surin
Referee: Molina (Costa Rica)

23 February 1969 Guatemala  1–1  Haiti Guatemala City, Guatemala
González Obas Referee: Chaplin (Jamaica)

Haiti advanced to the Semifinal Round.

Group 3

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Honduras 7 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5
2  Costa Rica 5 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4
3  Jamaica 0 4 0 0 4 2 11 −9
27 November 1968 Costa Rica  3–0  Jamaica San José, Costa Rica
Hernández  78'
Vaughns  88'
Sáenz  89'
Referee: De Oca (Guatemala)

1 December 1968 Costa Rica  3–1  Jamaica San José, Costa Rica[4]
Chavarria
Vega
Núñez
Dunkley Referee: Archundia (Mexico)

5 December 1968 Honduras  3–1  Jamaica Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Urquia  18'
Rosales  41'
Dick  56'
Welsh  89' Referee: King (United States)

8 December 1968 Honduras  2–0  Jamaica Tegucigalpa, Honduras[4]
Mendoza  42'
Mejia  73'
Referee: Lee (Canada)

22 December 1968 Honduras  1–0  Costa Rica Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Gómez  32' Referee: Wuertz (United States)

29 December 1968 Costa Rica  1–1  Honduras San José, Costa Rica
Chavarria  40' Rosales  25' (pen) Referee: Cumberbatch (Trinidad and Tobago)

Honduras advanced to the Semifinal Round.

Group 4

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  El Salvador 6 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5
2  Suriname 4 4 2 0 2 10 9 +1
3  Netherlands Antilles 2 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6
24 November 1968 Suriname  6–0  Netherlands Antilles Paramaribo, Suriname
Corte
Schoonhoven
Vanenburg
Referee: King (United States)

1 December 1968 El Salvador  6–0  Suriname San Salvador, El Salvador
Estrada  23'84'
Azucar  56'88'
Barraza  87'
Martínez  90'
Referee: De Gourville (Trinidad and Tobago)

5 December 1968 Netherlands Antilles  2–0  Suriname Oranjestad, Netherlands Antilles
Brokke
A. Martina
Referee: King (Canada)


15 December 1968 El Salvador  2–1  Netherlands Antilles San Salvador, El Salvador[5]
Martínez  58'
Barraza  83'
E. Martina Referee: De Gourville (Trinidad and Tobago)

22 December 1968 Suriname  4–1  El Salvador Paramaribo, Suriname
Lagadeau
Oosthuizen
Schal
González Referee: Downer (Trinidad and Tobago)

El Salvador advanced to the Semifinal Round.

Semifinal Round

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Haiti 4 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
2  United States 0 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3
20 April 1969 Haiti  2–0  United States Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Obas  8'
Saint-Vil  54'
Referee: Segura (Mexico)

11 May 1969 United States  0–1  Haiti San Diego, United States
Saint-Vil  43' Referee: Dunstan (Bermuda)

Haiti advanced to the Final Round.

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  El Salvador 2 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
1=  Honduras 2 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2
8 June 1969 Honduras  1–0  El Salvador Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Wells  89' Referee: Yamasaki (Mexico)

15 June 1969 El Salvador  3–0  Honduras San Salvador, El Salvador
Martínez  27' (pen)41'
Acevedo  29'
Referee: Van Rosberg (Netherlands Antilles)

El Salvador and Honduras finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Final Round.

26 June 1969 El Salvador  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Honduras Mexico City, Mexico
Martínez  8'28'
Quintanilla  101'
Cardona  19'
Gómez  50'
Referee: Abel Aguilar Elizalde (Mexico)

El Salvador advanced to the Final Round. Additionally, these matches featured prominently in the Football War.

Final Round

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Haiti 2 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
1=  El Salvador 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2
21 September 1969 Haiti  1–2  El Salvador Port-au-Prince, Haiti
François Acevedo
Rodríguez
Referee: Yamasaki (Mexico)

28 September 1969 El Salvador  0–3  Haiti San Salvador, El Salvador
Désir  20'
François  40'
Barthélemy  44'
Referee: Elizalde (Mexico)

El Salvador and Haiti finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

8 October 1969 El Salvador  1–0
(a.e.t.)
 Haiti Kingston, Jamaica
Martínez  104' Referee: Dunstan (Bermuda)

El Salvador qualified.

1970 FIFA World Cup qualification CONCACAF articles: 77