Countdown to 2002 World Cup

Nov. 15, 2001End of preliminary competition
Nov. 25, 2001Completion of any necessary playoffs
Dec. 1, 2001Draw for final competition held in Busan, South Korea
May 31, 2002Final 32-team tournament begins in Seoul, South Korea
June 30, 2002Championship match played at Yokohama International Sports Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.

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