Qualifying started on 15 June 2011 and finishing on 20 November 2013. In total, including hosts Brazil, 32 teams qualified for the tournament. Holders Spain were required to qualify too - and they did, being one of Europe's 13 Qualifiers.
5 African nations qualified. They are:
Asia had a chance for 5 qualifiers, 4 directly from the Asian qualifying process and a 5th from a play off with the South American Group. In the event, after Jordan lost their play off with Uruguay just four teams qualified:
Including holders Spain,Europe has the largest number of qualifiers - 13:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
North, Central America & Caribbean
3 teams qualified directly from the qualifying pool with a fourth team, Mexico qualifying from a play off with the winners of the Oceania qualifying group, New Zealand:
From South America 6 teams will compete, 5 qualifiers, plus hosts Brazil:
Uruguay (play off winners versus Jordan)
New Zealand won the Oceania qualifying group but then still had to play off with Mexico in order to qualify, a tie which they lost.