Tournament Details


Details:
Host country: Switzerland
Dates: 16 June 1954 - 04 July 1954
Teams: 16

Stages:
Round 1: 16 teams split in 4 groups of 4.
Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4
Round 2: 8 Team Playoff
Playoffs

Notes:
  • The quarter-final match between Austria and Switzerland saw a World Cup record of number of goals scored in a match, when the Swiss lost 5-7, after going 3-0 up.
  • First televised tournament.
  • To date (and unlikely to be beaten without rule changes), highest average goals scored per game.
  • Instead of a conventional round-robin where each team would play three matches, the seeded teams as well as the unseeded teams were spared from playing each other as the unseeded teams were squared up only against the seeded ones in a chance to qualify, so each team played only 2 group matches, unless tied for the second qualifying position by points, which required a play-off. Extra time was played for any games that was tied after 90 minutes, with the result being a draw if the scores were still level after 120 minutes.


    Qualification:
          Countries qualified for World Cup       Country failed to qualify       Countries that did not enter World Cup       Country not a FIFA member
    Qualified Teams:
    Placing ELO Rating Team Coach Region
    1 1198 West Germany UEFA
    2 1174 Hungary UEFA
    3 1104 Austria UEFA
    4 1046 Uruguay CONMEBOL
    5 1021 Brazil CONMEBOL
    5 1010 England UEFA
    5 1000 Switzerland UEFA
    5 991 Yugoslavia UEFA
    17 943 Belgium UEFA
    17 908 Czechoslovakia UEFA
    17 997 France UEFA
    17 968 Italy UEFA
    17 862 Korea Republic AFC
    17 913 Mexico CONCACAF
    17 917 Scotland UEFA
    17 948 Turkey UEFA