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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018...

Reasons for hope, reasons for worry for U.S. in World Cup qualifying

USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann talks squad selection ahead of the United States' next round of World Cup Qualifying matches.

As the U.S. heads into a pair of important World Cup qualifiers starting with Friday's tilt at St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the question facing national team fans is this: How worried should they be about their country's chances of reaching the final round of regional qualifying for Russia 2018? In truth, not very.

The U.S. is coming off a successful summer. It finished fourth at a Copa America played on home soil, and the Americans are the clear favorites in both upcoming games, the second...

Julian Green on U.S. radar for upcoming matches - Jurgen Klinsmann

USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann talks squad selection ahead of the United States' next round of World Cup Qualifying matches.
USMNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya opens up about the unfavorable playing conditions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Julian Green is back on the U.S. national team radar after making Bayern Munich's first team squad for the new Bundesliga season, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said that the 21-year-old needs playing time to earn a recall in October.

Green wasn't named to Klinsmann's squad for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Friday at St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago Sept. 6 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He made his U.S. debut in April 2014 and played in that summer's World Cup, scoring a...