11 July 1966 - 30 July 1966
Round 1: 16 teams split in 4 groups of 4.
Round 2: 8 Team Playoff
The trophy was stolen in the run-up to the tournament but was found a week later by a dog named "Pickles".Geoff Hurst became the first and to this day the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.South Africa was banned for violating the anti-discrimination charter.The qualifying rounds of the tournament saw a controversy when the African nations decided to withdraw in protest of only one qualifying place allocated by FIFA to the regions of Asia, Oceania and Africa.
Countries qualified for World Cup
Country failed to qualify Countries
that did not enter World Cup Country not a FIFA member