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Qualification Rounds

In the Qualification process for the 2006 Football World Cup, the six FIFA confederations were allocated a share of the 32 spots available on the basis of the strength of their teams. 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 : 11 teams, 0.5 places

EUROPE (14 teams)
The top team from each of the eight groups as well as the two best runners-up. The following six second-placed sides went into a draw for a two-leg play-off on November 12 & 16.
Teams Qualified:
Germany (Hosts)
Ukraine
Netherlands
Poland
England
Croatia
Italy
Portugal
Sweden
Serbia and Montenegro
France
Switzerland
Spain
Czech Republic

CONMEBOL (4.5 teams)
The top four teams went through with the fifth-placed team facing playing off over two legs with the winner of the Oceania zone.
Teams Qualified:
Argentina
Brazil
Ecuador
Paraguay

AFRICA (5 teams)
The top team in each group will gain a place in the final (and the top three in each group will qualify for African Nations Cup).
Teams Qualified:
Angola
Cote d'Ivoire
Togo
Ghana
Tunisia

ASIA (4.5 teams)
The top two in each group went through, with the third-placed teams playing off for the right to face the fourth-placed Concacaf team for a place in Germany.
Teams Qualified:
Japan
Iran
South Korea
Saudi Arabia

OCEANIA (0.5 teams)
Play off with fifth-placed Conmebol team for a place in the Finals.
Team Qualified:
Australia

CONCACAF (3.5 teams)
The top three went through, with the 4th-placed team play off with fifth-placed Asia team for a place in the Finals.
Teams Qualified:
USA
Mexico
Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago

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