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A total of 37 teams entered the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. This was the first time that there was a lower number than the previous World Cup.

Group 1

Main article: 1937 WEFF Championship

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland 3 3 0 0 7 2 3.50 6
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Italy 3 1 1 1 4 2 2.00 3
Flag of Ireland.svg Irish Free State 3 0 2 1 3 5 0.60 2
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 3 0 1 2 1 5 0.20 1

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 3 2 0 1 8 5 1.60 4
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 3 1.33 3
Flag of France.svg France 3 1 1 1 6 5 1.20 3
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg 3 1 0 2 1 8 0.12 2

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
23x15px Hungary 3 3 0 0 6 1 6.00 6
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3 1 1 1 2 1 2.00 3
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 3 1 1 1 3 2 1.50 3
Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 3 0 0 3 0 7 0.00 0
March 6, 1937
Hungary 23x15px 2-1 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Budapest


March 7, 1937
Germany Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg 0-2 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Hamburg


March 13, 1937
Austria Flag of Austria.svg 0-1 23x15px Hungary
Vienna


March 14, 1937
Norway Flag of Norway.svg 2-0 Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany
Kristiana


March 20, 1937
Germany Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg 0-3 23x15px Hungary
Munich


March 21, 1937
Norway Flag of Norway.svg 0-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Oslo

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia2110422.003
23x15px Romania2110321.503
23x15px Poland2002350.600
April 10, 1937
Poland 23x15px 1-2 23x15px Romania
Krakow


April 17, 1937
Romania 23x15px 1-1 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Bucharest


April 24, 1937
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 3-2 23x15px Poland
Zagreb

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria2110522.503
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia2110632.003
23x15px Greece2002170.140
April 10, 1937
Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.svg 3-0 23x15px Greece
Sofia


April 16, 1937
Greece 23x15px 1-4 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia
Athens


April 23, 1937
Czechoslovakia Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2-2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
Prague

Group 5

Group 5.1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark2110515.003
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden2110321.503
23x15px Estonia2002160.160
June 12, 1937
Denmark Flag of Denmark.svg 4-0 23x15px Estonia
Copenhagen


June 19, 1937
Estonia 23x15px 1-2 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Tallinn


June 26, 1937
Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg 1-1 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Bunke Soccerball shade 32' Sørensen Soccerball shade 78'
Slottsskogsvallen, Gothenburg

Group 5.2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
23x15px Latvia2110212.003
23x15px Lithuania2101331.002
23x15px Finland2011230.661
June 12, 1937
Latvia 23x15px 1-1 23x15px Lithuania
Riga


June 19, 1937
Lithuania 23x15px 2-2 23x15px Finland
Kaunas


June 26, 1937
Finland 23x15px 0-1 23x15px Latvia
Helsinki

Group 6

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch East Indies1100212.002
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Palestine, British Mandate1001120.500
23x15px JapanWithdrew
23x15px PhilippinesWithdrew
23x15px ChinaWithdrew
August 17, 1937
Dutch East Indies Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2-1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Palestine, British Mandate
Jakarta

Group 7

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States1100505.002
23x15px Cuba1001050.000
Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png MexicoWithdrew
November 20, 1937
United States Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 5-0 23x15px Cuba
Los Angeles

Group 8

Group 8.1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Chile.svg Chile2200414.004
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay2101230.662
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg Peru 2002140.250
October 9, 1937
Peru Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1-2 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Lima


October 16, 1937
Chile Flag of Chile.svg 2-0 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Santiago


October 23, 1937
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 2-1 Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg Peru
Montevideo

Group 8.2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil1100313.002
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay1001130.330
23x15px BoliviaWithdrew
October 23, 1937
Brazil Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 3-1 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Rio de Janeiro

Playoffs

January 8, 1938
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 1-0 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Montevideo


January 9, 1938
Romania 23x15px 3-2 (a.e.t) Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia
Bucharest

Qualified teams

File:Qualification for the 1938 FIFA World Cup alt.png
Team Appearance Consecutive Last
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina6th3rd1934
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil4th4th1934
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria2nd2nd1934
Flag of Chile.svg Chile2nd1st1934
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark3rd1st1914
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch East Indies1st1st
23x15px Hungary5th1st1926
Flag of Italy.svg Italy6th6th1934
23x15px Latvia1st1st
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands8th8th 1934
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal1st1st
23x15px Romania1st1st
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland6th1st 1930
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States3rd1st 1930
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay5th4th 1934
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia5th5th 1934

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