Can somebody please help me understand how the Fifa World Cup Qualifiers work?

Everytime I log onto the Official Fifa 2010 World Cup site, I can only find the results from games WITHIN a group.

Like, I can find the standings for the Europe group, and the Oceania group, and the North American/Carribean group - all separately.

So what's with all these other games I keep hearing about? Like the USA vs. Spain, or Mexico vs. Venezuela?

These teams aren't in the same groups on the website! Are these games even for the World Cup at all?

Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    32 teams will feature at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in SOUTH AFRICA from 11 June to 11 July 2010. the host nation, SOUTH AFRICA qualify automatically while the other 31 teams qualify through their respective confederations. the allocation of places in the final tournament are as follows:

    Europe (UEFA): 13 teams

    - 53 teams were drawn into 9 qualifying groups (8 groups of 6 teams each plus 1 group of 5 teams) & each team in the same group plays each other home & away.

    - the group winners (9 teams) qualified automatically to the finals.

    - the 8 best group runners-up will be drawn against each other in a two legged play-off & the play-off winners (4 teams) will also qualify for the finals.

    Africa (CAF): 5 teams (+ SOUTH AFRICA qualified automatically as host nation for a total of 6 teams)

    - the remaining 20 teams enters the 3rd stage of the qualifying round & they have been drawn into 5 groups of 4 teams each. each team in the same group plays each other home & away.

    - the group winners (5 teams) qualify for the finals along with SOUTH AFRICA who qualified automatically as the host nation.

    South America (CONMEBOL): 4 or 5 teams

    - 10 South American (except GUYANA & SURINAME) teams plays in a single qualifying group & each team plays each other home & away. the qualifying matches was started back in September 2007.

    - the top 4 teams from South America qualify automatically to the finals.

    - the 5th place team enters the two legged intercontinential play-offs against the 4th place teams from CONCACAF zone. the winner of the intercontinential play-off will also qualify for the finals.

    Asia (AFC): 4 or 5 teams

    - the remaining 10 teams enters the 4th round of the qualifiers & they were drawn into 2 groups of 5 teams each. each team in the same group plays each other home & away.

    - the top 2 teams from each group (4 teams) qualify automatically to the finals)

    - the 3rd place teams from each group will square-off against each other in a two legged play-off & the winner of this play-off will then move on to play in the intercontinential play-off against the winner of the Oceania (OFC) zone which was won by NEW ZEALAND. the winner of the intercontinential play-off will also qualify for the finals.

    North, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 or 4 teams

    - the remaining 6 teams enters the 4th round of the qualifiers & each teams in the group plays each other home & away.

    - the top 3 teams qualified automatically to the finals.

    - the 4th place team will square-off against the 5th place team from South American (CONMEBOL) zone in a two legged intercontinental play-off & the winner of the intercontinential play-off will also qualify for the finals.

    Oceania (OFC): 0 or 1 team

    - the Oceania zone qualifiers was won by NEW ZEALAND back in November 2008 & they have qualified to play against the 5th place team from Asia (AFC) in the two legged intercontinental play-off scheduled for November 2009. the winner of the intercontinental play-off qualify for the finals.

    2010 FIFA World Cup finals teams allocations:

    Europe (UEFA) : 13 teams

    1. European Group 1 winner

    2. European Group 2 winner

    3. European Group 3 winner

    4. European Group 4 winner

    5. European Group 5 winner

    6. European Group 6 winner

    7. European Group 7 winner

    8. European Group 8 winner

    9. European Group 9 winner

    10. European play-off winner

    11. European play-off winner

    12. European play-off winner

    13. European play-off winner

    Africa (CAF) : 5 teams +1 team (including host nation, SOUTH AFRICA)

    14. host nation : SOUTH AFRICA

    15. Africa 3rd round Group A winner

    16. Africa 3rd round Group B winner

    17. Africa 3rd round Group C winner

    18. Africa 3rd round Group D winner

    19. Africa 3rd round Group E winner

    South America (CONMEBOL) : 4 teams

    20. South American Group winners

    21. South American Group runners-up

    22. South American Group 3rd place

    23. South American Group 4th place

    Asia (AFC) : 4 teams

    24. Asian 4th round Group A winner

    25. Asian 4th round Group B winner

    26. Asian 4th round Group A runners-up

    27. Asian 4th round Group B runners-up

    North, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) : 3 teams

    28. CONCACAF final round Group winner

    29. CONCACAF final round Group runners-up

    30. CONCACAF final round Group 3rd place

    intercontinental play-offs : 2 teams

    31. Asian 4th round 3rd place Group play-off winner v Oceania zone winner

    32. CONCACAF final round Group 4th place v South American Group 5th place

  • 1 decade ago

    FIFA World Cup qualification is the process a national association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals, or, more commonly known as the FIFA World Cup. FIFA World Cup is a global event, and qualification is used to reduce the large field of participants from about 200 to 32.

    Qualifying tournaments are held within the six FIFA continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, Europe), and are organized by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides beforehand the number of spots awarded to each of the continental zones, based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams.

    usa vs spain, was a different tournament,... and mexico vs venezuela, was just a friendly game...

    Source(s): wikipedia.org
  • 1 decade ago

    what you are hearing about is a cup preparing and working up to the world cup called the confederations cup. it doesn't have anything to do with the world cup.on Sunday there will be the confederations cup final between the U.S. and Brasil. this is because yesterday Brasil beat south Africa in the semifinals and two days ago the US beat Spain in the semifinal.

    Source(s): I LOVE the game of soccer i hope Italy wins the 2010 world cup
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I am thinking Mexico Have it locked down. Then the other two places and one play off place is a toss up really it just depends how the teams play. But i am thinking us will finish in second followed by costa rica in third with Honduras getting the play off spot

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  • 1 decade ago

    foongwk took the words right out of my mouth...very well explained

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