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1937 WEFF Championship (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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The 1937 WEFF Championship is the third edition of the WEFF Championship with the tournament being a qualifier for the 1938 FIFA World Cup. This would be last championship as World War II began and with the low crowds compared to the World Cup only three years ago, the concept was scraped.

Group Stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 3 3 0 0 7 2 3.50 6
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy 3 1 1 1 4 2 2.00 3
Flag of Ireland Irish Free State 3 0 2 1 3 5 0.60 2
Flag of Belgium Belgium 3 0 1 2 1 5 0.20 1
January 8, 1937
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy 1-2 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 20,223


January 8, 1937
Flag of Belgium Belgium 1-1 Flag of Ireland Irish Free State
Braine Soccerball shade 56' Dunne Soccerball shade 23'
Stadio Littorio, Trieste
Attendance: 6,411


January 12, 1937
Flag of Ireland Irish Free State 1-1 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Stadio Giovanni Berta, Florence
Attendance: 23,944


January 13, 1937
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2-0 Flag of Belgium Belgium
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples
Attendance: 20,151


January 16, 1937
Flag of Belgium Belgium 0-2 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 19,688


January 17, 1937
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 3-1 Flag of Ireland Irish Free State
Stadio Littorio, Trieste
Attendance: 5,223

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 3 2 0 1 8 5 1.60 4
Flag of Portugal Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 3 1.33 3
Flag of France France 3 1 1 1 6 5 1.20 3
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 3 1 0 2 1 8 0.12 2
January 8, 1937
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 4-0 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Stadio Giovanni Berta, Florence
Attendance: 9,541


January 8, 1937
Flag of France France 1-1 Flag of Portugal Portugal
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples
Attendance: 10,889


January 12, 1937
Flag of Portugal Portugal 3-1 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Stadio Littorio, Trieste
Attendance: 4,344


January 13, 1937
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-3 Flag of France France
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 9,545


January 16, 1937
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 1-0 Flag of Portugal Portugal
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples
Attendance: 12,411


January 17, 1937
Flag of France France 2-3 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Stadio Giovanni Berta, Florence
Attendance: 6,753

Knockout Stage

Semi-finals Final
21 January – Naples
 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  2  
 Flag of Portugal Portugal  0  
 
26 January – Rome
     Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  0
   Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  1
Third place
22 January – Rome 26 January – Rome
 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  1  Flag of Portugal Portugal  1
 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy (a.e.t)  2    Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  3

Semi Finals

January 21, 1937
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2-0 Flag of Portugal Portugal
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli, Naples
Attendance: 13,765


January 22, 1937
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 1-2 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 19,688

Third Place Playoff

January 26, 1937
Flag of Portugal Portugal 1-3 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 10,241

Final

January 26, 1937
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 0-1 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Frossi Soccerball shade 75'
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 25,595

Tournament Rankings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy A 5 2 2 1 7 3 +4 5
2 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland A 5 4 0 1 9 3 +6 8
3 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands B 5 3 1 1 12 8 +4 7
4 Flag of Portugal Portugal B 1 1 3 1 5 8 -3 3
Eliminated in the group stage
5 Flag of France France B 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3
6 Flag of Ireland Irish Free State A 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 2
7 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg B 3 1 0 2 1 8 -7 2
8 Flag of Belgium Belgium A 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1

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