2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA play-off)

The 2006 FIFA World Cup European Qualification Playoffs were a set of home-and-away playoffs to decide the final three places granted to national football teams from European nations (more precisely, UEFA members) for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

By the rules of the UEFA qualifying tournament, the first-place finishers in each of eight groups received automatic berths, along with the two second-place teams that had earned the most points against teams in the top six of their individual groups.

The six remaining second-place teams were divided into two pots based on their standings in the September 2005 FIFA World Rankings. The division was:

Pot 1:
*fb|CZE
*fb|ESP
*fb|TUR

Pot 2:
*fb|NOR
*fb|SVK
*fb|SUI

A draw was held on October 14, 2005 at FIFA headquarters in Zürich to pair each team from Pot 1 with a team from Pot 2. A second draw at the same time and location determined the order of the fixtures.

The playoffs were decided by the standard FIFA method of aggregate score, with away goals and, if necessary, extra time with the possibility of a penalty shootout at the end of the second leg. The winner of each playoff was awarded a place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Playoff 1

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fb|ESP advance on aggregate, 6 - 2

Playoff 2

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fb|SUI advance on away goals (2-0) after series is drawn on aggregate, 4-4.

Playoff 3

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fb|CZE advance on aggregate, 2-0.


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