- Soviet referee Miroslav Stupar changed his mind and disallowed a goal by France in a finals match on 21 June 1982, after the Kuwaiti players complained that they had heard a whistle and stopped playing. Kuwaiti player Prince Fahid, the Kuwaiti FA president, walked out to the field to argue with the referee and threatened to pull out his team. The referee then reversed his goal decision. France ended up winning the match 4-1. Subsequently, the referee was suspended, and the Prince was fined US$14,000.
- The fastest hat-trick in World Cup history was made by Hungary's Laszlo Kiss against El Salvador in 1982, when he scored after 70, 74 and 77 minutes. He is also the only substitute to have scored a hat-trick.
World Cup Firsts
- The first match decided with a penalty shoot-out was the semi-final between West Germany and France on 8 July, 1982, in which the Germans won the shootout 5:4.
- The first player to take penalty shootout in World Cup finals was Alain Giresse of France, who scored the first ever penalty in a shootout where France lost 4:5 to West Germany in the semi-final on 8 July 1982.
- The first substitute to score a hat-trick was
Laszlo Kiss of Hungary in a match against El Salvador on 15 June 1982.