Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
1st round (league system)
2nd round (cup system)
- Nine groups of five or six teams each.
- The 9 group winners will directly qualify.
- The nine UEFA runners-up will be put into one pot. Four European play-off pairings (home-and-away) will be drawn. The winners qualify for the World Cup Korea/Japan 2002.
- The remaining UEFA runner-up will contest the play-offs (home-and-away) against the third-placed AFC team. The winner will qualify for the World Cup Korea/Japan 2002.
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