World Cup Qualifying 2018 Football Tournament

Qualifying for 2018 World Cup tournament will determine 31 from 32 participants finals of the World Cup to be held in Russia. the host country of the championship team will automatically get a place in the final tournament.

 

Continent (Confederation) Total seats Unoccupied space Total Claim teams Start qualifying tournament The end of the qualifying tournament
Asia (AFC) 4 or 5 4 or 5 46 March 12 2015 October 10 2017
Africa (CAF) 5 5 54 October 5 2015 November 14 2017
North and Central America (CONCACAF) 3 or 4 3 or 4 35 March 23 2015 October 10 2017
South America (CONMEBOL) 4 or 5 4 or 5 10 October 5 2015 October 10 2017
Oceania (OFC) 0 or 1 0 or 1 11 August 31 2015 October 10 2017
Europe (UEFA) 13 + 1 13 54 + 1 6 September 2016 November 14 2017
Total 31 + 1 31 210 + 1 March 12 2015 November 14 2017

Asia (AFC)

First Round

In the first round 12 worst rated teams played Shootout on the principle of "home on a visit."

Second round

In the second round the remaining teams 40 8 were divided into groups, in which the two-round tournament was held. 8 4 group winners and the best teams from the runners-up place in the third round. Matches of the second round began on June 11 2015 and 29 ended March 2016.

third round

In the third round 12 winners of the second round are divided into two groups, which also held two-round tournament. It began in September 1 2016 and 5 September 2017 completed. The top two teams from each group will go directly to the final World Cup tournament. National, finishing third in groups will play each other in the system "Home and Away". The winner on aggregate will participate in playoff with CONCACAF representative.

Group A
Team И О
1 Iran 5 11
2 The Republic of Korea 5 10
3 Uzbekistan 5 9
4 Syria 5 5
5 Qatar 5 4
6 China 5 2
Group B
Team И О
1 Saudi Arabia 5 10
2 Japan 5 10
3 Australia 5 9
4 United Arab Emirates 5 9
5 Iraq 5 3
6 Thailand 5 1
After November 15 2016 matches
Upcoming matches - 23 March 2017

Africa (CAF)

In the qualifying tournament 53 teams started - all CAF members, with the exception of Zimbabwe, expelled from the tournament by FIFA decision for non-fulfillment of contract obligations to the coach. After two preliminary rounds, the fight continues with 20 teams, which will be split into 5 groups. No team from the first round to the third did not reach. The draw for the group tournament took place 24 June 2016, the matches will be held from 3 October 2016 on 14 November 2017.

third round

Group A
Team И О
 DR Congo 2 6
 Tunisia 2 6
 Guinea 2 0
 Libya 2 0
Group B
Team И О
 Nigeria 2 6
 Cameroon 2 2
 Zambia 2 1
 Algeria 2 1
Group C
Team И О
 Côte d'Ivoire 2 4
 Gabon 2 2
 Morocco 2 2
 Mali 2 1
Group D
Team И О
 Burkina Faso 2 4
 South Africa 2 4
 Senegal 2 3
 Cape Verde 2 0
Group E
Team И О
 Egypt 2 6
 Uganda 2 4
 Ghana 2 1
 Republic of the Congo 2 0
After matches in November 11-13 2016.
The closest matches are 28 August 2017

North and Central America (CONCACAF)

To participate all registered members of CONCACAF 35. Depending on the FIFA rankings as of August 2014 they start to struggle at different stages of the tournament. Qualifying tournament began March 22 2015.

Fifth round

In the fifth round of the six winners of the fourth round of the two-round tournament will hold a November 7 2016 10 on October 2017. The three best teams will qualify to the final of the World Cup. The fourth team will play in thethe play-offs with a representative of the Asian Group.

  Team И О
1  Costa Rica 2 6
2  Mexico 2 4
3  Panama 2 4
4  Honduras 2 3
5  Trinidad and Tobago 2 0
6  USA 2 0
After November 15 2016 matches
Upcoming matches 24-28 2017 March

South America (CONMEBOL)

Applications for participation in the qualifying tournament filed 10 all members of CONMEBOL. The format of the qualifying tournament will be traditional for South America: two-round tournament without splitting into groups. The draw for the tournament calendar July 25 2015 held in St. Petersburg. The tournament began in October 5 2015 10 October and will end 2017. The top four teams will qualify to the final of the World Cup and the fifth team will playoffs (home and away) with the representative of Oceania.

  Team И О
1  Brazil 12 27
2  Uruguay 12 23
3  Ecuador 12 20
4  Chile 12 20
5  Argentina 12 19
6  Colombia 12 18
7  Paraguay 12 15
8  Peru 12 14
9  Bolivia 12 7
10  Venezuela 12 5
After the match, 10-15 2016 November
Upcoming matches 23-28 2017 March

Oceania (OFC)

qualifying tournament partially performs the functionOFC Nations Cup 2016, In which all members of the OFC 11 that are members of FIFA.

The first stage

At the first stage (it's the qualifying tournament for the OCF Nations Cup) from 31 August 4 held 2015 a one-round tournament with the participation of four worst rated teams. The winner - the team of Samoa - went to the second stage.

The second stage: OFC Nations Cup

At the second stage (he is also the final stage of the Cup of Nations OFC) the winner of the first stage and the remaining 7 teams were divided into 2 groups, in which the one-round tournament was held.

The three best teams from each group reached the third stage.

The top two teams from each group madesemifinal pair OFC Nations Cup. Tournament won by the team of New Zealand, thereby obtaining the right to speak atConfederations Cup 2017in Russia. The semi-finals and final of the OFC Nations Cup had no relation to the selection for the World Cup.

third step

The third stage will be a two-round tournament in two groups of three teams. This tournament will be held from November 2016 to June 2017. Winners of the groups will play each other on the "home and away" system. The best team will play the play-offs with the team that finished fifth in thethe qualifying tournament of the Americas, For access to the World Cup.

Group A
Team И ± О
1  New Zealand 2 +2 4
2  New Caledonia 2 -2 1
3  Fiji 0 0 0
Group B
Team И ± О
1  Solomon Islands 2 0 3
1  Tahiti 2 0 3
3  Papua - New Guinea 0 0 0

Europe (UEFA)

In the qualifying tournament of Europe (UEFA) Will be attended by teams from the 54 55. Russia, ranked in the final tournament as the host country, is exempt from screening. The selection will take place in two stages:

  • Group Stage:54 9 teams divided into groups - nine groups of six teams. Each group runs two-round tournament. The best team from each group goes to the final of the World Cup.
  • Playoffs:8 best teams from among the runners-up in the Group are divided into 4 pair and play the knockout on the principle of "home and away". Four winners go to the final of the World Cup.

The tournament began on September 4 2016 10 October and will end 2017. Playoff Matches will be played from November 9 14 2017 on.

Initially, the group H and I consisted of five teams, and it was assumed that the Russian team during the qualifying tournament will hold friendly matches with teams from the games free of H. After May 2016 FIFA Gibraltar and Kosovo have been taken, their teams were included in said group.

Group A
Team И О
1  France 4 10
2  Netherlands 4 7
3  Sweden 4 7
4  Bulgaria 4 6
5  Byelorussia 4 2
6  Luxembourg 4 1
Group B
Team И О
1  Switzerland 4 12
2  Portugal 4 9
3  Hungary 4 7
4  Faroe Islands 4 4
5  Latvia 4 3
6  Andorra 4 0
Group C
Team И О
1  Germany 4 12
2  Northern Ireland 4 7
3  Azerbaijan 4 7
4  Czech Republic 4 5
5  Norway 4 3
6  San Marino 4 0
Group D
Team И О
1  Ireland 4 10
2  Serbia 4 8
3  Wales 4 6
4  Austria 4 4
5  Georgia 4 2
6  Moldavia 4 1
Group E
Team И О
1  Poland 4 10
2  Montenegro 4 7
3  Denmark 4 6
4  Romania 4 5
5  Armenia 4 3
6  Kazakhstan 4 2
Group F
Team И О
1  England 4 10
2  Slovenia 4 8
3  Slovakia 4 6
4  Lithuania 4 5
5  Scotland 4 4
6  Malta 4 0
Group G
Team И О
1  Spain 4 10
2  Italy 4 10
3  Israel 4 9
4  Albania 4 6
5  Macedonia 4 0
6  Liechtenstein 4 0
Group H
Team И О
1  Belgium 4 12
2  Greece 4 10
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 7
4  Republic of Cyprus 4 3
5  Estonia 4 3
6  Gibraltar 4 0
Group I
Team И О
1  Croatia 4 10
2  Ukraine 4 8
3  Iceland 4 7
4  Turkey 4 5
5  Finland 4 1
6  Republic of Kosovo 4 1
After the match, 11-13 2016 November
The closest matches - 24-26 March 2017

Intercontinental play-offs

One team from Asia, North and Central America, South America and Oceania will take part in the intercontinental play-offs. Representatives of these four regions will be two pairs, who will play each other on the principle of "home and away". Two winners will enter the final of the World Cup. For the first time, the distribution of the regions by pairs was carried out by lot - within the framework of the general ceremony for the draw of 25 July 2015. These butt matches will be held with 6 on 14 November 2017.

Results of the draw:

  • The team, which has won 4-th place in the CONCACAF zone, will play against the teams in 5-th place in the AFC zone
  • The team, which has won 1-th place in the OFC region, will play against the teams in 5-th place in the CONMEBOL zone
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