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2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
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Tournament details
Dates12 March 2015 – 14 November 2017
Teams210 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played872
Goals scored2454 (2.81 per match)
Attendance18,720,691 (21,469 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Poland Robert Lewandowski
Flag of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Sahlawi
Flag of the United Arab Emirates Ahmed Khalil
(16 goals each)
2014
2022

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process was a series of tournaments to decide 31 of the 32 teams which will play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the hosts Russia qualifying automatically. All 210 remaining FIFA member associations were eligible to enter the qualifying process. For the first time in World Cup history, all national teams registered for the preliminary competition, although suspensions excluded some teams from participating in qualification. Bhutan, South Sudan, Gibraltar and Kosovo made their FIFA World Cup qualification debuts,

While the main qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015, a number of qualification matches were played before that. The first began in Dili, Timor-Leste on 12 March as part of the AFC's qualification, with East Timorese player Chiquito do Carmo scoring the first goal of qualification. Matches were also played in CONCACAF prior to the main draw.

Qualified teams

2018 world cup qualification

  Team qualified for World Cup
  Team failed to qualify for World Cup
  Team expelled from the tournament by FIFA prior to playing a match
  Country not a FIFA member

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia Hosts 2 December 2010 11th 1 2014 2 Fourth place (1966) 2
Brazil.png Brazil CONMEBOL Round Robin winners 28 March 2017 21st 2014 21 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Iran.png Iran AFC Third Round Group A winners 12 June 2017 5th 2014 2 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)
Flag of Japan.png Japan AFC Third Round Group B winners 31 August 2017 6th 2014 6 Round of 16 (2002, 2010)
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico CONCACAF Fifth Round winners 1 September 2017 16th 2014 7 Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)
Belgium.png Belgium UEFA Group H winners 3 September 2017 13th 2014 2 Fourth place (1986)
South Korea.png South Korea AFC Third Round Group A runners-up 5 September 2017 10th 2014 9 Fourth place (2002)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia AFC Third Round Group B runners-up 5 September 2017 5th 2006 1 Round of 16 (1994)
Germany.png Germany UEFA Group C winners 5 October 2017 19th 3 2014 17 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
England.png England UEFA Group F winners 5 October 2017 15th 2014 6 Winners (1966)
Flag of Spain.png Spain UEFA Group G winners 6 October 2017 15th 2014 11 Winners (2010)
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria CAF Third Round Group B winners 7 October 2017 6th 2014 3 Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica CONCACAF Fifth Round runners-up 7 October 2017 5th 2014 2 Quarter-finals (2014)
Flag of Poland.png Poland UEFA Group E winners 8 October 2017 8th 2006 1 Third place (1974, 1982)
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt CAF Third Round Group E winners 8 October 2017 3rd 1990 1 First Round (1934), Group stage (1990)
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland UEFA Group I winners 9 October 2017 1st 1
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia UEFA Group D winners 9 October 2017 12th4 2010 1 Fourth place (1930, 1962)5
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal UEFA Group B winners 10 October 2017 7th 2014 5 Third place (1966)
Flag of France.png France UEFA Group A winners 10 October 2017 15th 2014 6 Winners (1998)
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay CONMEBOL Round Robin runners-up 10 October 2017 13th 2014 3 Winners (1930, 1950)
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina CONMEBOL Round Robin third place 10 October 2017 17th 2014 12 Winners (1978, 1986)
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia CONMEBOL Round Robin fourth place 10 October 2017 6th 2014 2 Quarter-finals (2014)
Panama.png Panama CONCACAF Fifth Round third place 10 October 2017 1st 1
Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal CAF Third Round Group D winners 10 November 2017 2nd 2002 1 Quarter-finals (2002)
Morocco.png Morocco CAF Third Round Group C winners 11 November 2017 5th 1998 1 Round of 16 (1986)
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia CAF Third Round Group A winners 11 November 2017 5th 2006 1 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Switzerland.png Switzerland UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 11th 2014 4 Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
Croatia.png Croatia UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 5th 2014 2 Third place (1998)
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden UEFA Second Round winners 13 November 2017 12th 2006 1 Runners-up (1958)
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark UEFA Second Round winners 14 November 2017 5th 2010 1 Quarter-finals (1998)
Flag of Australia.png Australia CONCACAF v AFC play-off winners 15 November 2017 5th 2014 4 Round of 16 (2006
Flag of Peru.png Peru OFC v CONMEBOL play-off winners 15 November 2017 5th 1982 1 Quarter-finals (1970), Second round (1978)6
Notes
  • 1: This is the 4th appearance of Russia at the FIFA World Cup. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union who themselves qualified on 7 occasions.
  • 2: Russia's best result is group stage in 1994, 2002 and 2014. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the Soviet Union who achieved this result.
  • 3: Germany between 1951 and 1990 is often referred to as "West Germany", as a separate East German state and team existed then.
  • 4: This is the 2nd appearance of Serbia at the FIFA World Cup. However, FIFA considers Serbia as the successor team of the Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro national teams, who between them qualified on 10 occasions.
  • 5: No official third place match took place in 1930 and no official third place was awarded at the time; both United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. However, FIFA lists the teams as third and fourth respectively.
  • 6: In 1978, Second round was another group stage which involved 8 teams qualified after First round.

Qualification process

The number of teams participating in the final tournament is 32. Even though the qualification process began in March 2015, the allocation of slots for each confederation was discussed by the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015 in Zürich after the FIFA Congress. It was decided that the same allocation as 2014 would be kept for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

Proposal for expansion

In October 2013, UEFA President Michel Platini proposed that the World Cup finals should be expanded from 32 to 40 teams starting from 2018. The format would have been the same, but in groups of five instead of four. This was in response to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's comments that Africa and Asia deserved more spots in the World Cup finals at the expense of European and South American teams. However, FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke said that expansion in 2018 would be "unlikely", while Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that the country was "preparing on the basis that 32 teams will be taking part."

Summary of qualification

While all FIFA members entered the tournament, not all competed. Zimbabwe were expelled from the competition on 12 March 2015 for their failure to pay former coach José Claudinei a severance fee and Indonesia were excluded from the qualifying competition following the suspension of their football association by FIFA on 30 May 2015. Kuwait had a number of their qualifiers cancelled for a similar suspension that began while their campaign was underway, which eventually resulted in their elimination. Brazil were the first team to achieve qualification for the tournament following their 3–0 victory over Paraguay on 28 March 2017. Peru became the 32nd and final team to qualify when, 233 days after Brazil secured their place, they beat New Zealand 2–0 on aggregate in the OFC-CONMEBOL play-off.

World Map FIFA2
Confederation Available slots in finals Teams started Teams qualified Teams eliminated Qualifying start date Qualifying end date
AFC4.54654115 November 201715 November 2017
CAF55454914 November 201714 November 2017
CONCACAF3.53533215 November 201715 November 2017
CONMEBOL4.5105515 November 201715 November 2017
OFC0.51101115 November 201715 November 2017
UEFA13+154+113+14114 November 201714 November 2017
Total31+1210+131+117914 November 201715 November 2017

Note: One team each from AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and OFC will play in the inter-confederation play-offs, scheduled for 6–14 November 2017 (CONCACAF v AFC and OFC v CONMEBOL).

Note: UEFA total includes +1 for Russia as hosts.

Format

The formats of the qualifying competitions depend on each confederation (see below). Each round may be played in either of the following formats:

  • League format, where more than two teams form groups to play home-and-away round-robin matches, or in exceptions permitted by the FIFA Organizing Committee, single round-robin matches hosted by one of the participating teams or on neutral territory.
  • Knockout format, where two teams play home-and-away two-legged matches.

Tiebreakers

In home-and-away league format, the ranking of teams in each group is based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.6 and 20.7):

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Points in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams)
  8. Play-off match(es) on neutral ground (if approved by FIFA Organizing Committee), with extra time and penalty shoot-out if necessary

If the group is played as a single round-robin hosted by one of the participating teams or on neutral territory, only the first three criteria above are applied. Afterwards, drawing of lots is used to determine the ranking (regulations Article 20.8).

In cases where teams finishing in the same position across different groups are compared for determining which teams advance to the next stage, the criteria is decided by the confederation and require the approval of FIFA (regulations Article 20.9).

In knockout format, the team that has the higher aggregate score over the two legs progresses to the next round. In the event that aggregate scores finish level, the[away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs progresses. If away goals are also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time are played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team qualifies by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out (regulations Article 20.10).

Confederation qualification

AFC

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

The AFC Executive Committee meeting on 16 April 2014 approved the proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds of the FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, which will be expanded to 24 teams starting in 2019:

  • First round: A total of 12 teams (teams ranked 35–46) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: A total of 40 teams (teams ranked 1–34 and six first round winners) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The eight group winners and the four best group runners-up will advance to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals.
  • Third round: The 12 teams (an increase from 10 for 2014) which advance from the second round will be divided into two groups of six teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the two third-placed teams will advance to the fourth round.
  • Fourth round: The two third-placed teams of each group from the third round will play home-and-away over two legs. The winner will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs, playing the fourth-placed CONCACAF team.

A total of 24 teams eliminated from World Cup qualification in the second round will compete in the third round of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification (which will be separate from the third round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification), where they will be divided into six groups of four teams and compete for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The 24 teams will consist of the 16 highest ranked teams eliminated in the second round, and the eight teams that advance from the play-off round of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification which are contested by the remaining 12 teams eliminated in the second round.

Current stage (third round)

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round

The draw for the third round was held on 12 April 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Iran.png Iran (Q) 8 6 2 0 8 0 +8 20 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
South Korea.png South Korea 8 4 1 3 11 10 +1 13
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan 8 4 0 4 6 6 0 12 Advance to fourth round
Flag of Syria.svg Syria 8 2 3 3 4 5 −1 9
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 8 2 1 5 6 10 −4 7
Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China 8 1 3 4 5 9 −4 6

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Japan.png Japan 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia 8 5 1 2 15 8 +7 16
Flag of Australia.png Australia 8 4 4 0 14 8 +6 16 Advance to fourth round
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 8 3 1 4 8 11 −3 10
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq 8 1 2 5 8 11 −3 5
Flag of Thailand.png Thailand 8 0 2 6 4 20 −16 2

CAF

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

The CAF Executive Committee approved the format for the qualifiers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 14 January 2015. However, on 9 July 2015 FIFA officially announced that only three rounds will be played instead of four.

  • First round: A total of 26 teams (teams ranked 28–53) played home-and-away over two legs. The 13 winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: A total of 40 teams (teams ranked 1–27 and 13 first round winners) played home-and-away over two legs. The 20 winners advanced to the third round.
  • Third round: The 20 teams which advance from the second round will be divided into five groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The winners of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Zimbabwe, even though they entered the competition, were expelled on 12 March 2015 for their failure to pay former coach José Claudinei a severance fee. Therefore, only 53 African teams were involved in the draw.

Current stage (third round)

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.png DR Congo 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
Flag of Guinea.png Guinea 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
Flag of Libya.png Libya 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Flag of Zambia.png Zambia 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
Flag of Algeria.png Algeria 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1

Group C

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Ivory Coast 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Morocco.png Morocco 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Flag of Gabon.png Gabon 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Flag of Mali.png Mali 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1

Group D

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Burkina Faso.png Burkina Faso 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
Flag of Senegal.svg.png Senegal 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
Cape Verde.png Cape Verde 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0

Group E

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Egypt.png Egypt 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Uganda.png Uganda 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.png Congo 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0

CONCACAF

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

An amendment to the qualification process for this tournament had been suggested, which would see the first three rounds played as knockout rounds, with both the fourth round and the final round (referred to as 'The Hex') played as group stages. The first round would be played during the FIFA international dates of 23–31 March 2015. CONCACAF announced the full details on 12 January 2015:

  • First round: A total of 14 teams (teams ranked 22–35) played home-and-away over two legs. The seven winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: A total of 20 teams (teams ranked 9–21 and seven first round winners) played home-and-away over two legs. The ten winners advanced to the third round.
  • Third round: A total of 12 teams (teams ranked 7–8 and ten second round winners) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the fourth round.
  • Fourth round: A total of 12 teams (teams ranked 1–6 and six third round winners) will be divided into three groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will advance to the fifth round.
  • Fifth round: The six teams which advance from the fourth round will play home-and-away round-robin matches in one single group. The top three teams will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the fourth-placed team will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs, playing the winner of the Asian Football Confederation play-off.

Current stage (fifth round)

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Fifth Round

The draw for the fifth round (to decide the fixtures) was held on 8 July 2016 at the CONCACAF headquarters in Miami Beach, United States.

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of the United States.png United States Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Panama.png Panama
Flag of Honduras.png Honduras
Flag of Costa Rica.png Costa Rica Advance to
inter-confederation play-offs
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico
Trinidad and Tobago.png Trinidad and Tobago

CONMEBOL

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

The qualification structure is the same as the previous five editions. The ten teams will play in a league of home-and-away round-robin matches. The top four teams will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the fifth-placed team will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs, playing the winner of the Oceania Football Confederation qualifying competition.

Unlike previous qualifying tournaments where the fixtures were pre-determined, the fixtures were decided by a draw held on 25 July 2015, at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Current stage

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Brazil.png Brazil 11 7 3 1 26 9 +17 24 Qualification to
2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 11 7 2 2 23 8 +15 23
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia 11 5 3 3 15 12 +3 18
Flag of Ecuador.png Ecuador 11 5 2 4 19 16 +3 17
Flag of CHI.png Chile 11 5 2 4 18 16 +2 17 Advance to
inter-confederation play-offs
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 11 4 4 3 11 12 −1 16
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 11 4 3 4 11 16 −5 15
Flag of Peru.png Peru 11 4 2 5 18 18 0 14
Flag of Venezuela.png Venezuela 11 1 2 8 14 26 −12 5
Flag of Bolivia.png Bolivia 11 1 1 9 9 31 −22 4

OFC

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

The qualification structure is as follows:

  • First round: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, and Tonga will play a round-robin tournament at a single country. The winner will advance to the second round.
  • Second round (OFC Nations Cup): A total of eight teams (Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu, and the first round winner) will play the tournament at a single country. For the group stage, they will be divided into two groups of four teams. The top three teams of each group will advance to the third round of World Cup qualifying. The top two teams of each group will also advance to the knockout stage (semi-finals and final) to decide the 2016 OFC Nations Cup winner which will play in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • Third round: The six teams which advance from the second round will be divided into two groups of three teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The two group winners will meet in a two-legged match with the winner advancing to the inter-confederation play-offs, playing the fifth-placed South American team.

The OFC have considered different proposals of the qualifying tournament. A previous proposal adopted by the OFC in October 2014 have the eight teams divided into two groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches in the second round, followed by the top two teams of each group advancing to the third round to play in a single group of home-and-away round-robin matches to decide the winner of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup which will qualify to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and advance to the inter-confederation play-offs. However, it was later reported in April 2015 that the OFC had reversed its decision, and the 2016 OFC Nations Cup will be played as a one-off tournament similar to the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.

Most recent stage (second round)

Main article: 2016 OFC Nations Cup

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea 3 1 2 0 11 3 +8 5 Qualification to
Nations Cup knockout stage

and World Cup qualifying third round

Flag of New Caledonia.jpg New Caledonia 3 1 2 0 9 2 +7 5
Flag of French Polynesia.png Tahiti 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5 Qualification to
World Cup qualifying third round
Flag of Samoa.png Samoa 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Qualification to
Nations Cup knockout stage

and World Cup qualifying third round

Flag of the Solomon Islands.png Solomon Islands 3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 3
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3 Qualification to
World Cup qualifying third round
Flag of Vanuatu.png Vanuatu 3 1 0 2 3 8 −5 3

Next stage (third round)

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC Third Round

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of New Caledonia.jpg New Caledonia
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Papua New Guinea.png Papua New Guinea Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of the Solomon Islands.png Solomon Islands
Flag of French Polynesia.png Tahiti

Final

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Third round Group A/B winner Third round Group A/B winner TBD TBD

UEFA

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

Russia have qualified automatically as hosts. The qualifying format for the remaining FIFA-affiliated UEFA teams was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 22–23 March 2015 in Vienna. The draw for the UEFA zone took place on 25 July 2015 in St. Petersburg.

  • First round (group stage): The 52 UEFA teams affiliated with FIFA at the time of the draw were divided into nine groups (seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams) to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The winners of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the eight best runners-up will advance to the second round (play-offs).
  • Second round (play-offs): The eight best runners-up from the first round will play home-and-away over two legs. The four winners will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

With the admission of Gibraltar and Kosovo as FIFA members in May 2016, both national teams were eligible to make their debuts in World Cup qualifying. With two groups of only five teams in the first round, Kosovo was assigned to group I as it was decided that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia should not play against Kosovo for security reasons, and Gibraltar was then added to group H.

Current stage (first round)

The draw for the first round was held on 25 July 2015, at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
 Possible advancement to Second round (play-offs). The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the Second round (play-offs).
Group A Group B
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of France.png France 7 5 1 1 15 5 +10 16 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 7 4 1 2 14 7 +7 13 Possible Second round
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 7 4 0 3 12 14 −2 12
Netherlands.png Netherlands 7 3 1 3 13 10 +3 10
Belarus Flag.svg Belarus 7 1 2 4 4 12 −8 5
Luxembourg.png Luxembourg (E) 7 1 1 5 7 17 −10 4
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Switzerland.png Switzerland 7 7 0 0 15 3 +12 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 7 6 0 1 27 4 +23 18 Possible Second round
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 7 3 1 3 11 8 +3 10
Faroe Islands.png Faroe Islands (E) 7 1 2 4 3 15 −12 5
Flag of Andorra.png Andorra (E) 7 1 1 5 2 16 −14 4
Latvia.png Latvia (E) 7 1 0 6 3 15 −12 3
Group C Group D
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Germany.png Germany 6 6 0 0 27 1 +26 18 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Northern Ireland.jpg Northern Ireland 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 13 Possible Second round
Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 6 2 3 1 9 5 +4 9
Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 6 2 1 3 3 9 −6 7
Flag of Norway.png Norway (Y) 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4
San Marino.png San Marino (E) 6 0 0 6 1 30 −29 0
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia 6 3 3 0 13 7 +6 12 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Republic Ireland.gif Republic of Ireland 6 3 3 0 8 4 +4 12 Possible Second round
Flag of Wales.gif Wales 6 1 5 0 9 5 +4 8
Flag of Austria.png Austria 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
Flag of Georgia.png Georgia 6 0 3 3 6 10 −4 3
Flag of Moldova.png Moldova 6 0 2 4 4 15 −11 2
Group E Group F
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Poland.png Poland 6 5 1 0 15 7 +8 16 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Montenegro.png Montenegro 6 3 1 2 14 7 +7 10 Possible Second round
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 10
Romania.png Romania 6 1 3 2 7 7 0 6
Flag of Armenia.png Armenia 6 2 0 4 7 14 −7 6
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan (Y) 6 0 2 4 4 16 −12 2
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
England.png England 8 6 2 0 16 3 +13 20 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Slovakia.png Slovakia 8 5 0 3 14 6 +8 15 Possible Second round
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 8 4 2 2 10 4 +6 14
Scotland.png Scotland 8 4 2 2 14 10 +4 14
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania (E) 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5
Malta.png Malta (E) 8 0 0 8 2 21 −19 0
Group G Group H
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Spain.png Spain 6 5 1 0 21 3 +18 16 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 6 5 1 0 18 4 +14 16 Possible Second round
Flag of Albania.png Albania 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9
Flag of Israel.png Israel 6 3 0 3 9 12 −3 9
Flag of Macedonia.png North Macedonia (E) 6 1 0 5 8 13 −5 3
Liechtenstein.png Liechtenstein (E) 6 0 0 6 1 24 −23 0
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Belgium.png Belgium 6 5 1 0 24 2 +22 16 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12 Possible Second round
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 3 2 1 13 5 +8 11
Flag of Cyprus.png Cyprus 6 2 1 3 5 9 −4 7
Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia 6 1 1 4 5 17 −12 4
Flag of Gibraltar.png Gibraltar (Y) 6 0 0 6 3 24 −21 0
Group I
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Croatia.png Croatia 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 13 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 13 Possible Second round
Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
Flag of Finland.gif Finland (E) 6 0 1 5 4 10 −6 1
Flag of Kosovo.png Kosovo (E) 6 0 1 5 3 18 −15 1
Ranking of runners-up
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 7 Advance to
second round
(play-offs)
Flag of Iceland.png Iceland 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 4
Flag of Poland.png Poland 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 4
Flag of Republic Ireland.gif Republic Ireland 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 2 1 0 1 6 2 +4 3
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2

Inter-confederation play-offs

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

The first legs were played on 10 and 11 November 2017, and the second legs will be played on 15 November 2017.

The matchups were decided at the preliminary draw which was held on 25 July 2015, at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

CONCACAF v AFC

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF–AFC play-off)
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Honduras Flag of Honduras.png Play-off 1 Flag of Australia.png Australia 0–0 15 Nov '17

First leg

10 November 2017 (2017-11-10)
16:00 UTC−6
Honduras Flag of Honduras.png 0–0 Flag of Australia.png Australia Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONCACAF)

Second leg

15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)
20:00 UTC+11
Australia Flag of Australia.png v Flag of Australia.png Australia Stadium Australia, Sydney
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONCACAF)

OFC v CONMEBOL

Main article: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC–CONMEBOL play-off)
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png Play-off 2 Flag of Peru.png Peru 0–0 15 Nov '17

First leg

11 November 2017 (2017-11-11)
16:15 UTC+13
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png 0–0 Flag of Peru.png Peru Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Second leg

15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)
21:15 UTC−5
Peru Flag of Peru.png v Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Estadio Nacional, Lima
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Report (FIFA)
Report (CONMEBOL)

Top goalscorers

Updated as of all matches played on 6 September 2016

Note: Players in bold are still active in the competition.

14 goals


13 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals

External links

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CAF
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CONCACAF
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CONMEBOL
Round Robin
OFC
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UEFA
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