An Alternate History of FIFA, the World Cup, and International Football.

The 1913 England European Championship

The 1913 England European Championship​

The first of the continental championships to be played was the European one, due to the short distance between all of the teams. Due to there being 64 teams, far more than any other confederation, preliminary rounds were played to whittle them down to 32. These preliminary rounds would feature 48 teams, and the 16 that qualified from these rounds would travel to England to play the tournament. Newcomers and the worst performers in previous competitions would play the first preliminary round. The 32 teams were randomly drawn into play-offs.

The remaining 16 teams went up against the 16 worst performers of the 32 remaining in the second preliminary round. The 16 worst of the best were given the top seed, while the 16 best of the worst were given the bottom seed.

And then, it was time for the remaining 16 to join the other 16 in England, where they would play the first European Championship. The preliminary round winners were given the bottom seed, while the automatic qualifiers were given the top seed. England were seeded to the top of the table. 5 teams (Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria, Galicia, Castile) had been plucked out of the preliminary rounds and placed into the tournament itself as what we in the modern era refer to as “wildcard” picks. England’s many suitable stadiums made it so that all matches in a round could be played on the same day.

The round of 32 was a hectic affair, with incredibly close games like Toledo-La Mancha 1-0 Serbia and Hungary 1-0 Galicia, and shocking blowouts like Denmark 10-0 Bohemia and Switzerland 8-3 Scotland. The most unexpected team to come out of this stage was Bukovina, triumphing over its parent team Austria 3-2. The round of 16 didn’t have any major shocks, though minnows Bukovina did give the Basque Country a tough time as they could only defeat them by 2 goals to none. Norway defeated Belgium 4-1 to advance to their first ever quarter-finals.

Norway’s run would end there, as England would dump them out 1-0. Sweden dispatched Romania 2-1, and the biggest shock of the tournament came during the Netherlands-Denmark match, where the Dutch ended the Danish’s multi-year undefeated streak by beating them 1-0. The Basque Country defeated Hungary 4-2. England would once again have a painful semi-final, being beaten out by Sweden 2-0. The Netherlands were given a taste of their own medicine by the Basque, 1-0. England put everything they had left in the 3rd-place match against the Netherlands, thrashing them 5-1. The Basque Country had reached their second consecutive final, but they felt the same pain: Sweden beat them 2-1 to take their first ever competitive international football trophy.
The 1913 Argentina South American Championship

The 1913 Argentina South American Championship​

All South American teams would travel to Argentina to play an 8-team knockout tournament. Since there were 11 teams in the South America Zone, a preliminary group round was played between newcomers Colombia and the 3 worst teams in the zone, British Guiana, Paraíba and Paraguay.
Paraguay 2-0 Colombia
Paraíba 5-1 British Guiana
Colombia 3-1 Paraíba
Paraguay 7-0 British Guiana
Colombia 6-1 British Guiana
Paraguay 0-0 Paraíba

This tournament had no draw; instead, teams were seeded according to their most recent performances, with the best team (hosts Argentina) and the worst team (preliminary round winners Paraguay) seeded to the first match. Meanwhile, the last match of the quarter-finals would be played between the 4th-best team (Bahia) against the 5th-best team (Pará).

The hosts got the ball rolling by beating Paraguay 4-0, while in Rosario the bout between São Paulo and Chile ended 2-0 in favour of the Brazilians. Uruguay performed one of their classic blowouts against Rio de Janeiro 5-2, and Pará became the only 2nd seed team to advance to the semi-finals by barely beating Bahia 3-2. The close 1-0 match in favour of the hosts in Buenos Aires contrasted against the 4-1 smashing against Pará by Uruguay in La Plata. São Paulo beat Pará 3-1 for the bronze medal. In the final, in spite of their incredible streak of blowouts, Uruguay faltered against Argentina, being unable to score a goal against Argentina’s double. Argentina had once again defeated their classic rivals Uruguay in their first competitive final.
Note: I won't be doing all of the continental championships for every year they're held, though I will be doing their first editions. I feel that it would take too long to do each and every one every time, it would take away effort I could put into World Cup entries and it's not something I'm particularly interested in. I'll be mentioning in brief the top 4 of every continental championship during the years between World Cups, but that's about it.
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The 1913 Canada North American Championship

The 1913 Canada North American Championship​

The 12 North American teams would make the trip to Canada to play the very first North American Championship. The 12 teams would be divided into 4 groups of 3, where the top team of each group would advance to a 4-team semi-final knockout round. The teams would be seeded according to previous performances, with Canada, the United States, New England and Mexico making up the top seeds.

Group 1​

Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 Newfoundland
Canada 3-0 Newfoundland
Canada 1-1 Trinidad and Tobago

Group 2​

Haiti 2-1 Cuba
United States 6-0 Cuba
United States 4-1 Haiti

Group 3​

Jamaica 4-0 Barbados
New England 5-1 Barbados
New England 2-0 Jamaica

Group 4​

Guatemala 1-1 Quebec
Mexico 2-2 Guatemala
Mexico 3-1 Quebec

The 4 top seeds made their way to the semi-finals. Canada would face New England, while the United States would face Mexico.

Canada and New England met once more, and the Canucks put 4 past the New Englanders again, with them only managing a single goal. The United States vs. Mexico game, on the other hand, was a very close match that almost had to be replayed, were it not for a lucky last minute shot from the Americans that put them in the final. The 3rd-place match was never played due to New England withdrawing for unknown reasons, so Mexico is considered to be the 3rd-placed nation in the championship. The hosts quickly shot down any American aspirations of winning the tournament, as they beat them 2-0 with both goals coming in the first few minutes of the match. Canada took their first ever international trophy of any kind, as they had never won any tournament, competitive or not, before this.
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The 1913 China Asian Championship

The 1913 China Asian Championship​

16 teams in the Asia Zone would make their way to China to play in the first Asian Championship. Due to there being 20 teams in the zone, a preliminary round of play-offs was played exclusively between the 8 newcomers to decide 4 of the 16 spots in the tournament.

The 4 newcomers would join the 4 worst-performers in the bottom seed, while the 8 best-performers made up the top seed. China and Japan were to be kept apart in different sides of the table. All of the tournament’s matches were to be played in Shanghai.

Of note in the round of 16 are China’s 12-0 thrashing of the Philippines, Singapore beating Madras 4-2 to become the only bottom seed team in the quarter-finals, and Bengal just barely beating Persia 1-0. China continued their big win streak by shrugging off Hong Kong 6-0, Hyderabad ended the Singaporeans 2-0, Japan had a close 1-0 call against Bengal and the United Provinces shockingly defeated Mysore 2-1. China put 4 past Hyderabad to make their total 22, while the United Provinces made the biggest surprise of the tournament beating Japan 4-2 to advance to the final. Japan beat Hyderabad 3-0 to take the bronze medal, and China, unsurprisingly, smacked down the United Provinces 4-0 to take the trophy. China scored 26 goals in 4 matches without conceding a single one, firmly establishing themselves as the best team in Asia.
The 1913 Cape African Championship

The 1913 Cape African Championship​

The 7-team tournament in the Cape was simple: a knockout tournament where the hosts would receive a direct bye to the semi-finals while the rest played the quarter-finals, seeded according to their previous performances. All matches were played in Cape Town.

Transvaal dispatched Liberia 8-0, Egypt surprisingly beat World Cup veterans Natalia 5-2, and the Orange Free State defeated an inexperienced Congo team 4-0. In the semi-finals, the Cape flew past Transvaal 2-1, and Egypt knocked out the Orange Free State 2-0. The Free State won the bronze medal against Transvaal by destroying them 3-0. The Cape put a stop to Egypt’s miracle run in the final and squashed them 3-1 to take the gold.
The 1913 New South Wales Australasian Championship

The 1913 New South Wales Australasian Championship​

Due to there being 8 teams in the Australasia Zone, there were no preliminary rounds or previous stages, and all teams were seeded according to their previous performances. All matches were played in Sydney and Canberra. New South Wales and New Zealand were kept apart in the draw.

This tournament had relatively low scoring matches compared to all of the other ones: NSW beat South Australia and Victoria beat Tasmania 3-0, New Zealand triumphed over Queensland 2-0 and Western Australia kicked Papua to the curb 8-0. New South Wales barely made it over Victoria 1-0, and New Zealand struggled as well against Western Australia 3-2. Victoria took home the bronze by blowing out Western Australia 5-1. New South Wales got their revenge on New Zealand by beating them 2-1, winning the championship.
1913 and 1914 – Crisis and the Great War

1913 and 1914 – Crisis and the Great War​

The 1914 World Cup qualifiers were set to begin shortly after the end of the continental championships on July 1913. Due to FIFA’s many new members, organising qualification matches began to get more and more expensive. What didn’t help was the fact that Denmark did not have enough suitable, fully outfitted stadiums to host the 24-team World Cup on the same dates as previous World Cups had. This was eventually resolved with the Danish FA hastily getting some existing stadiums improved around the island of Zealand and in Jutland.

At a FIFA meeting in Stockholm, the issue with the expenses and massive scale of the qualifiers were discussed, and the Swedish delegation approached the others with a proposal: utilizing the continental championships as makeshift qualifiers. This proposal was controversial, as delegates from associations that had been knocked out in the early stages of the competitions complained that this made qualifying incredibly difficult, and many would only get to play one or two matches before being completely kicked out of World Cup qualification, having to wait another year to play a competitive fixture. FIFA almost went with this but, when put up to a vote, the proposal failed with 68 no votes to 34 yes votes from the 102 delegations present or informed via telegram.

Throughout all of this, FIFA was facing a bit of a decline, as the novelty of international football matches was slowly wearing off. At the time, FIFA was solely focused on organising international competitions and facilitating communication between FAs, and that was it. Attendances to standard fare friendlies were dropping, the continental championships weren’t very popular, and clubs started to get mad that their players were so frequently snatched from them for entire summers. There was also a clear air of exhaustion among the players; most of them were amateurs, who saw very little or sometimes even no cash for their participation in these qualifiers, which sometimes took them ridiculous distances to other countries (of note were teams like the Liberians travelling to South Africa and having to stay there for weeks on end playing matches while tired from the trip and getting blown out every game, and tiny teams like the Maltese travelling all the way to Hungary and the Netherlands just to play one match each time). Only World Cup participants were guaranteed money.

The meeting lasted till the late hours of the night, with piles of complaints and no solutions. FIFA would have to make the tough decision of outright cancelling the World Cup to survive, as the Danish complained that they had renovated all of their stadiums for nothing. They were promised the 1916 World Cup, which moved back the other hosts, who were also rightfully pissed off. Discussion on whether or not the 1915 continental championships would be played ended up inconclusive.

On the 28th of July 1914, it was a “normal” day at FIFA; managing friendly fixtures, managing their finances, trying to think of ways to fix their problems and failing. They had been very attentive to recent news, of Austria-Hungary’s ultimatum to Serbia, and how a war there could disrupt any footballing to be done throughout the entire region. Then, in the evening, they had received Earth-shattering news: Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia. A tense few days passed, and, in early August, Germany declared war on Russia, France and Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia.

The Great War had broken out all over Europe, and FIFA, with its headquarters in Paris, was in a crisis: a large chunk of its members were involved in the war, and the war itself cut off a lot of ways of communication they had with the nations not involved in the war. Many officials enlisted in their respective armies to fight in the war, while a small amount of them, fearing their safety, travelled to Amsterdam in the neutral Netherlands, to salvage their operations there. President of FIFA Daniel Burley Woolfall was not one of these people. As he resided in Great Britain, he simply presided over the organisation from his home in Blackburn. The organisation itself, meanwhile, was operated out of a suite in the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square in central Amsterdam.

International football collapsed in the span of a few days. The associations in the Americas, nearly all of them uninvolved with the war, were confused on where to go from here. Although they had re-established proper communications with FIFA in Amsterdam, it was highly unlikely that they would get any official fixtures from them. They were given the go-ahead to organise their own tournaments during this period. Most other associations were obstructed by the conflict in different ways, and many lost a majority of their players as they were encouraged to enlist in their respective armies.

The next 4 years would see the organisation struggling to keep itself afloat.
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1914-1918 – The Great War Years in the Americas

1914-1918 – The Great War Years in the Americas​

The Americas would continue to play football as per usual, although they wouldn’t travel outside the continent(s) to play anyone else. The continental championships were held in 1915, with the following top four results:

1915 Rio de Janeiro South American Championship:
  1. Uruguay
  2. São Paulo
  3. Argentina
  4. Rio de Janeiro
1915 United States North American Championship:
  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Trinidad and Tobago
While officials from the South America zone visited Rio de Janeiro to watch the tournament, they decided that, since FIFA was practically non-existent at this point, they should form their own confederation to regulate international and even club friendlies, and to regulate competitions throughout the continent. The body would facilitate organisation of tournaments in place of FIFA. The confederation was named the Confederación Sudamericana de Futbol, Confederação Sul-Americana de Futebol, or South American Football Confederation, also known as CONMEBOL. All members of the South America Zone agreed to join, and its foundation was ratified on 1 January 1916.

In May 1916, with no World Cup to play, the associations of the Americas resolved to making their own World Cup, the Pan-American International Cup, to be held in São Paulo. All of the federations chipped in to help with fees. This tournament was invitational, as opposed to holding qualifiers. There were 23 teams that were officially in FIFA across both zones, so to round it out the tournament organisers invited the recently formed Football Association of Amazonas, which had joined CONMEBOL the previous month. The format utilised was the same one as the World Cup. The eventual winner of the Pan-American International Cup was, surprisingly, Rio de Janeiro, defeating Argentina in the final with Uruguay coming in 3rd and Canada 4th.

After the tournament, the associations of North America decided to follow in South America’s footsteps and form a confederation of their own. The first name proposed was the North American Football Confederation, but the Central American and Caribbean associations objected to this name. After some discussion, they decided to name the organisation the Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, Confederación de Norteamérica, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Futbol, or Confédération de football d'Amérique du Nord, d'Amérique centrale et des Caraïbes, also known as CONACACAF.

The following year, in 1917, the continental championships were played as usual:

1917 Uruguay South American Championship:
  1. Uruguay
  2. Pará
  3. Argentina
  4. São Paulo
1917 Mexico North American Championship:
  1. Mexico
  2. Canada
  3. Quebec
  4. United States
The war kept raging on by May 1918, so the Pan-American International Cup was held again, this time in Bahia. The United States had lost a few of their players that had been a part of the previous tournament due to them signing up to fight in the war. This didn’t prevent them from finishing first and winning the tournament, with Uruguay in 2nd, São Paulo in 3rd and Rio de Janeiro in 4th.

Shortly after the 1918 Pan-American International Cup, new associations applied to join CONMEBOL and CONACACAF, and were allowed in:
  • Acre
  • Ceará
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Espírito Santo
  • Honduras
  • Maranhão
  • Minas Gerais
  • Paraná
  • Pernambuco
  • Piauí
  • Sergipe
  • Surinam
On 11 November 1918, the Great War ended.
1914-1918 – The Great War Years in the Rest of the World

1914-1918 – The Great War Years in the Rest of the World​

The rest of the world was not as lucky to be able to play football during wartime. All leagues were suspended, thousands of players signed up to fight in the war, and football was essentially frozen for the entire time. That’s not to say all football stopped, however. Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway), neutral in the war, played a few matches among themselves, with Denmark obviously being the dominant force in these friendlies. The Dutch team sometimes made the trip to play a match or two, but never staying for too long. The Spanish team also frequently played each other, with their respective local leagues developing and even discussing having one or two national leagues shared between all of the associations. With nobody to play against due to their landlocked position, Switzerland decided to help neighbouring Liechtenstein arrange a national side and play a friendly in a recently built football field in Vaduz. The match ended 14-0 in favour of the Swiss, but it helped develop football in the small nation.

One thing that occurred during this time was an explosion in the creation of regional associations in Europe. As international matches and national leagues were completely suspended, regions that hadn’t lost many players to the war began to organise their local mini-tournaments, leading to the creation of small organisations to regulate them. This mostly occurred in areas away from the frontlines, like central Germany and western France.

In Africa, the sport began to spread like wildfire after it became a source of entertainment to soldiers posted in the colonies. The local Africans took up the sport and set up rudimentary fields in and around the bigger towns and cities. While very few proper competitions and associations formed, there were still some “international” matches played between soldiers and natives. The Africans quickly took up the game and sometimes surpassed the soldiers in terms of skill and prowess, which impressed the Europeans.

In Asia, despite many nations being involved in the war, the sport continued almost like normal; while matches between teams that were a long distance away were scarce, matches between nearby teams were still held. Japan and China played each other many times, and the Indians began to build up their own version of the Home Championship. Some new associations formed in the continent, like a few in India, the Dutch East Indies, the individual Federated Malay States, and even a regional team for Korea.

Finally, in Australasia, there weren’t a lot of changes. Obviously, the continental championships weren’t played, but the Australian states played their own version of the Home Championship, excluding Papua. New Zealand had to be content with attempting to organise a local league. No new associations were founded in this region.

On 11 November 1918, the Great War ended.
1919-1921 – Rebuilding

1919-1921 – Rebuilding​

The Great War was over, but trouble didn’t stop there. Although communication with FIFA was re-established all over the world, there were numerous issues. First, Daniel Burley Woolfall, the president of FIFA, had died peacefully in his home in Blackburn on 24 October 1918. Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschman, banker, co-founder of the Dutch Olympic Committee and FIFA, previously vice-president under Woolfall, had been made interim president of the organisation. He moved FIFA from its hotel home to his offices in Amsterdam in 1915, and assumed operations there. FIFA operated out of his finances, and he almost single-handedly kept the federation alive.

Hirschman quickly convened an assembly in Brussels in 1919, where many associations were present, while others communicated via telegram. In the meeting, they discussed how to deal with their issues going forward, whether or not they should hold continental championships and the World Cup in the coming years, and how to get over their financial troubles. Tensions were rising in Europe and even a few wars had broken out, not to mention the ongoing Russian Civil War involving a few FIFA member associations. It had gotten so bad that nearly all British associations (England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Cornwall) threatened to secede and run their own international federation with the rest of the British Empire if the Central Powers associations were not kicked out of FIFA. Ireland, Leinster and Munster were not present due to the ongoing Irish War of Independence.

The geopolitical situation in Europe had radically changed, and many associations had undergone name changes or had suddenly become cross-border between hostile states. Other regional associations suddenly changed and became part of other countries. This led to a few changes: Galicia-Lodomeria changed its name to Halychyna to avoid confusion with Galicia, and now the association was split between the newly formed Poland and West Ukrainian People’s Republic. Carniola changed its name to Slovenia. Austria and Hungary now covered far less land. Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia-Slavonia and Carniola had merged to form Yugoslavia. The Austrian Silesia was split into Czech and Polish Silesia. And things were changing at an increasingly rapid rate, with many new countries forming out of old ones.

The rest of the world was much more peaceful following the war, and had remained mostly the same. FIFA did note the creation of CONMEBOL and CONACACAF, and encouraged other zones to do the same to help with organising continental tournaments and qualifiers, and to lighten FIFA’s massive workload. Near the end of the meeting, FIFA decided to become the sole regulator of Europe and Africa, while Australasia and Asia would found their own confederations: the Pacific Association Football Confederation or PAFC and the Football Confederation of Asia or FCA.

The final decision made during the meeting was whether or not to continue operations as normal: most European associations were unavailable due to ongoing conflicts and/or a severe lack of players. This also affected a few other associations all over the world, like Canada and the Indians. To the chagrin of CONMEBOL and CONACACAF, all official FIFA operations would be suspended until 1921, which was when the qualifiers for the 1922 Denmark World Cup would begin.

In the lead-up to the qualifiers, FIFA would get another massive intake to cover all associations founded between 1913 and 1921:
  • Acre
  • Afghanistan
  • Baden
  • Baluchistan
  • Bavaria
  • Bolivia
  • Brittany
  • Burma
  • Ceará
  • Corsica
  • Costa Rica
  • Danzig
  • Dutch East Indies
  • East Prussia
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Espírito Santo
  • Estonia
  • French India
  • Gascony
  • Hesse
  • Honduras
  • Irish Free State
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Lower Silesia
  • Maranhão
  • Minas Gerais
  • Monaco
  • Mozambique
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • New Guinea
  • Normandy
  • Oldenburg
  • Pahang
  • Paraná
  • Perak
  • Pernambuco
  • Peru
  • Piauí
  • Pomerania
  • Portuguese India
  • Provence
  • Rhineland
  • Rio Grande do Norte
  • Rio Grande do Sul
  • Saarland
  • Saxony
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Selangor
  • Sergipe
  • Slovakia
  • Subcarpathia
  • Sudetenland
  • Surinam
  • Thuringia
  • Uganda
  • Venezuela
  • Württemberg
  • Zanzibar
Also included was an organisation known as Amikejo, founded in the former territory of Neutral Moresnet by Esperanto speakers of the tri-border region between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Esperanto had become widespread in the area to bridge the gap between the groups and especially in the areas annexed by Belgium and the Netherlands from Germany after the Great War.

The final inclusions were of the Eretz Israel and the Mandatory Palestine football associations. The Eretz Israel association was accepted into FIFA bearing the Mandatory Palestine name with the support of the Maccabi World Union. The Palestine Arabs who were part of the association were angered by a purely Jewish team representing a mostly Arab region, so they split off and formed their own Palestinian Football Association. With some help from the British government mediating the issue, the teams were properly accepted as split and the Mandatory Palestine name was given to the Arabs, while the Jewish team changed its name to Eretz Israel.
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1. Which of these Germans states are the succesor of the German national team ?
2. about the Esperanto team ... which zone they will represent (continent) ?
3. with the Irish Free State is geographcially in control of the Leinster & Munster teams ... would Ireland (Great Britain) change it's name ?
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1. Which of these Germans states are the succesor of the German national team ?
2. about the Esperanto team ... which zone they will represent (continent) ?
3. with the Irish Free State is geographcially in control of the Leinster & Munster teams ... would Ireland (Great Britain) change it's name ?
1. None. Germany is still around as a team, with all of the others serving as regional teams. Germany still covers all of Prussia plus a few more regions, and of course they have suzerainty over all of the country's regional teams.
2. Neutral Moresnet and its surrounding area in Europe.
3. Ireland will continue existing as Northern Ireland.
1922 Denmark World Cup of Football – Small Expansion and Qualifiers Draw

1922 Denmark World Cup of Football – Small Expansion and Qualifiers Draw​

In the 1922 Denmark World Cup qualifiers, FIFA, seeking to cut down costs, decided to have all teams in a group travel to one nation in that group (usually the one with the best stadium infrastructure) to lighten travel and have the qualifiers go faster than ever before, with matches being played in the same stadiums mere hours from each other. This would also help teams that were too inland like Acre actually participate in qualification. While many thought this was a good change, some associations complained this would give too much of an advantage to the host, but, in the end, all associations agreed to the policy.

The World Cup itself would be receiving a light expansion to 28 teams, with 7 groups of 4, the top two of each group plus the 2 best-ranked third-place teams making it to the knockout stages.

Two associations withdrew from the qualifiers: Turkey and Russia. Selangor forcibly withdrew due to their stadium burning down in a fire and the new one constructed over it was not suitable for international play. New Guinea was not allowed to participate because its lone suitable stadium did not have any stands or seating for spectators.

The distribution of berths was the following: Denmark, as hosts, automatically qualified. Europe had 15 groups of 6, where the winner would qualify for the World Cup. CONMEBOL had 7 groups of 4, where the best group winner qualified and the 6 other winners played against each other to determine which 3 would go to the World Cup. CONACACAF had 3 groups of 5, where the winner of each group would go to the World Cup. FCA had 4 groups of 8, where the 2 best group winners qualified for the World Cup, while the 2 worst went to a play-off to determine who would qualify. Africa had 2 groups of 5, where the winner of each group would advance to a play-off for qualification. PAFC had 2 groups of 4, where the winner of each group would advance to a play-off for qualification.

These were the pots used in the draws:

And these were the results of the draw:
  • Group 1: Belgium (H), Finland, Transylvania, Fiume, Bavaria, Provence
  • Group 2: Bukovina, Halychyna, Tyrol (H), Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, East Prussia
  • Group 3: Switzerland (H), Jutland, Jersey, Carinthia, Saxony, Normandy
  • Group 4: Wales (H), Germany, Luxembourg, Munster, Lithuania, Subcarpathia
  • Group 5: England (H), Galicia, Cantabria, Siebenbürgen, Gascony, Danzig
  • Group 6: Catalonia (H), Austria, Andorra, Isle of Man, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein
  • Group 7: Netherlands (H), Serbia, Portugal, Salzburg, Monaco, Amikejo
  • Group 8: Bulgaria, Castile (H), Aragon, Szeklerland, Slovakia, Hesse
  • Group 9: Hungary (H), Styria, Valencia, Malta, Latvia, Lower Silesia
  • Group 10: Romania, Italy (H), Northern Ireland, Vorarlberg, Alderney, Thuringia
  • Group 11: Toledo-La Mancha (H), Moravia, Upper Silesia, Montenegro, Estonia, Oldenburg
  • Group 12: Norway, France (H), Leinster, Andalusia, Brittany, Sudetenland
  • Group 13: Cornwall, Croatia-Slavonia (H), León, Dalmatia, Irish Free State, Pomerania
  • Group 14: Sweden, Scotland (H), Greece, Guernsey, Württemberg, Corsica
  • Group 15: Basque Country (H), Bohemia, Slovenia, Iceland, Rhineland, Baden
  • Group 16: Bahia (H), Bolivia, Venezuela, Rio Grande do Norte
  • Group 17: Pará, Peru, Paraná (H), Piauí
  • Group 18: Chile, Paraíba (H), Minas Gerais, Acre
  • Group 19: Rio de Janeiro (H), Paraguay, Amazonas, Sergipe
  • Group 20: São Paulo (H), Ecuador, Pernambuco, Espírito Santo
  • Group 21: Uruguay (H), Colombia, Rio Grande do Sul, Ceará
  • Group 22: Argentina (H), British Guiana, Suirnam, Maranhão
  • Group 23: Mexico (H), Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Cuba, Honduras
  • Group 24: Canada (H), New England, Jamaica, Barbados, Costa Rica
  • Group 25: United States (H), Quebec, Haiti, Newfoundland, El Salvador
  • Group 26: Hyderabad, Hong Kong (H), Philippines, Persia, Bihar and Orissa, Baluchistan, French India, Perak
  • Group 27: China (H), Singapore, Bombay, Travancore, Penang, Afghanistan, Mandatory Palestine, Pahang
  • Group 28: Japan, Bengal (H), Punjab, Malacca, Siam, Dutch East India, Korea, Negeri Sembilan
  • Group 29: United Provinces, Mysore (H), Madras, Cochin, Assam, Burma, Eretz Israel, Portuguese India
  • Group 30: Cape (H), Transvaal, Natalia, Mozambique, Uganda
  • Group 31: Egypt, Orange Free State (H), Congo, Liberia, Zanzibar
  • Group 32: New Zealand, Victoria, South Australia (H), Tasmania
  • Group 33: New South Wales (H), Western Australia, Queensland, Papua
Jesus, look how many there are here! Wonder if the amount of teams from a country E.G Catalonia and Brittany might see a rise in nationalism ITTL? Going to be pretty much border gore on the football map regardless though.