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All Countries Never To Qualify For A FIFA World Cup

Can you name each of the current members of FIFA that have never qualified for a World Cup?
Not all members of FIFA are sovereign states
Includes nations who qualified for a World Cup, but withdrew before it began
Quiz by JustJoshing
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Last updated: December 10, 2023
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First submittedNovember 20, 2017
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AFC
Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
Chinese Taipei
Guam
Hong Kong
India
Jordan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Syria
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen
CAF
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Republic of the Congo
Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
CONCACAF
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Curacao
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Montserrat
Nicaragua
Puerto Rico
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines
Suriname
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
CONMEBOL
Venezuela
 
OFC
American Samoa
Cook Islands
Fiji
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tahiti
Tonga
Vanuatu
UEFA
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Cyprus
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
Georgia
Gibraltar
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
North Macedonia
San Marino
64 Comments
+9
Level 65
Dec 18, 2023
WOW! At 133 nominations, you managed to get this quiz featured! Thanks as always for your support and for playing!
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Level 35
Nov 20, 2017
Accept american virgin islands?
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Level 65
Nov 20, 2017
American Virgin Islands will now work!
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2022
Also, if BVI works, it would be nice if USVI did as well.
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2023
USVI will now work.
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Level 49
Nov 21, 2017
India did indeed qualify for the 1950 World Cup but withdrew AFTER the draw for the group stage. They were drawn in group 3 with Sweden, Italy and Paraguay and probably thought better of it. So Although they did not PARTICIPATE, technically they did QUALIFY
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Level 78
Jun 5, 2021
Yes technically they did qualify. They did so because all opponents withdrew from the qualifiers.

But qualify they did,

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Level 55
Nov 4, 2023
Thailand as well were invited to the first World Cup in 1930. They didn't go due to travelling costs but technically they did qualify.
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2023
Added a caveat to explain India and Thailand's inclusion.
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Level 95
Dec 18, 2023
In light of that caveat it would make sense to use "participate" instead of "qualify", right?
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Level 46
Jun 5, 2021
Is Macao not acceptable for Macau?
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Level 65
Jun 5, 2021
Macao will now work. Thanks for playing!
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Level 73
Jun 5, 2021
I think the republic of the congo is missing?
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Level 65
Jun 5, 2021
Ah yes thank you, I’ve just added that! Thanks for the comment and thanks for playing!
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2021
FYR Macedonia is now North Macedonia and neither have qualified for a world cup.
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Level 65
Jun 5, 2021
Ah yes thank you! Completely missed that one!

Thanks for playing!

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Level 78
Jun 5, 2021
Can Taiwan work for Chinese Taipei?
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Level 65
Jan 18, 2022
Just added that one!
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Level 66
Jun 9, 2021
Hopefully one day Greenland will qualify for lists like this!
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Level 83
Dec 18, 2023
Something is finally happening, supposedly they started the process to join CONCACAF and will formally apply in 2024/2025.
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Level 78
Jan 6, 2024
Can you imagine the first time the players from one of the tropical Caribbean islands has to go up to Greenland to play, especially if it is in the winter. Conversely, can you imagine the Greenlandic players going to Trinidad or Barbados in the summer?
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2024
I could imagine, that there is no staduim fulfilling the standards of FIFA or CONCACAF. So probably, they will play their "home games" in Canada or USA. But playing in Trinidad in July could be challenging for them, anyway
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Level 84
Jan 16, 2022
"Turks and Caicos" should be sufficient without "islands" at the end........................................
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Level 65
Jan 18, 2022
Turks and Caicos now works without "islands" at the end..………………………………..
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Level 93
Dec 19, 2023
or just turkscaicos
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Level 68
Jan 17, 2022
Hey, fun quiz, thanks!
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Level 65
Jan 18, 2022
Glad you enjoyed and thanks for playing!
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Level 64
Jan 18, 2022
I like the quiz but 145 answers in only ten minutes is quite difficult.
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Level 46
Apr 3, 2022
monaco and vatican city?
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Level 54
Apr 26, 2022
Don't have a football association, which is member of the FIFA.
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Level 35
May 31, 2022
hi...

u sure about

French Guiana?

thanz

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Level 58
Jun 4, 2022
I think there's a bit of a mix up between FIFA members and Continental (eg. CAF, CONCACAF) members. French Guiana shouldn't be included because it's not a FIFA member and can't qualify for the world cup, however it's a member of CONCACAF and can compete in their competitions. In the same sense Bonaire, Guadeloupe, St Martin, Sint Maarten; Martinique, Zanzibar and Reunion (which are now only an Associate Member of CAF), Northern Mariana Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Niue (which is no longer part of OFC or FIFA) should not be included either.
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Level 58
Jun 4, 2022
I am just curious, why is Zanzibar included in this quiz? According to their wikipedia page they were never a member of FIFA and only a member of CAF for a few months in 2017.
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Level 65
Jun 7, 2022
Just updated the quiz to add some more accepted type-ins and to remove the non-FIFA members.
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2022
Northern Marianas Islands?
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Level 83
Dec 18, 2023
Not FIFA member
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Level 56
Aug 25, 2022
I just noticed I was spelling French Guiana wrong this whole time and took about 5 minutes to find out which South American country was the missing one out. I decided to just move on. facepalm.
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Level 73
Nov 19, 2022
Niue never even played a qualifier and therefore shouldn't be in this list.
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Level 67
Nov 19, 2022
Genial quiz!
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Level 17
Nov 25, 2022
What about Northern Mariana Islands?
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Level 66
Jan 6, 2024
They need to be a member of FIFA to qualify for this quiz
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2023
I typed in "Virgin Islands" and only the "US Virgin Islands" was accepted, even though I was thinking of the "British Virgin Islands" primarily...

Why is one accepted over the other?

Also think the time is like 30 seconds too short for me to actually think about everything.

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Level 65
Dec 10, 2023
I've altered the type-ins for the two Virgin Islands, so that "British" and "US"/"American" must be included in the answers.
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Level 79
Dec 18, 2023
Are you sure? Just "Virgin Islands" now works for both.
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Level 65
Dec 18, 2023
I think QM may have adjusted this now that it's featured
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Level 55
Oct 18, 2023
Needs a little more time
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Level 52
Dec 10, 2023
qatar should be included imo, as they technically never qualified for a world cup. they participated in the 2022 world cup as a host country, not by succesfully qualifying through the torturous AFC qualifiers.
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2023
I disagree - Qatar qualified as hosts. There is no exclusivity about having to have gone through the continental qualifiers
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Level 55
Dec 18, 2023
They will likely qualify on merit for the 2026 or 2030 World Cups with the number of AFC places going up to 8 slots
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Level 83
Dec 18, 2023
FIFA's wording is that a team qualifies as a host.
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Level 95
Dec 11, 2023
Saarland, South Vietnam and South Yemen are three countries that no longer exist, and they also took part to World Cup qualifiers without qualifying.
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2023
You’re right, but it does also state “current members of FIFA” at the top - this was just to avoid needless confusion surrounding countries that have been broken up/reformed, etc
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Level 66
Dec 18, 2023
ARMENIA MENTIONED??? 🇦🇲 ֍ 🇦🇲 ֍ 🇦🇲 ֍ 🇦🇲
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Level 81
Dec 18, 2023
Any chance just Cayman could be accepted?
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Level 76
Dec 19, 2023
Could you accept "French Polynesia" for Tahiti please?
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Level 76
Dec 19, 2023
change swaziland to eswatini pls. thank you
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Level 68
Dec 19, 2023
Did anyone try the Vatican? I'd love to see the Pope in goal
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Level 75
Jan 8, 2024
Well, technically popes are goalkeepers. The number of times they had to save the Vatican from scandals, shit, I mean from conceding goals.
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Level 77
Feb 15, 2024
JC would be in goal. Everyone knows Jesus saves.
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2023
DR is standard type-in for Dominican Republic.
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Level 38
Jan 9, 2024
Many thanks to the Beach Boys for Bermuda and Aruba
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Level 47
Jan 10, 2024
LOL Kokomo!
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Level 47
Jan 10, 2024
How about the Vatican City? It is a country...
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Level 68
Feb 1, 2024
But not a FIFA member. If they were, almost half of the official population would be player, coach or staff of the Vatican Football Team