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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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.



13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Who should Arena start when the U.S. resumes World Cup qualifying?

Herculez Gomez breaks down the United States' best starting XI ahead of their World Cup Qualifier vs. Honduras.
Alejandro Moreno assesses what Bruce Arena can take from the US' match against Jamaica, and the January camp as a whole.
Despite a lack of goals for the U.S., Bruce Arena says he can take several positives from January camp.

Now that the January camp is over for the U.S. men's national team, attention is firmly focused on the World Cup qualifiers next month, at home versus Honduras on March 24 and in Panama four days later.

We asked our writers to name the lineup they would like to see coach Bruce Arena select the next time the national team takes the field (suspended and long-term injured players were not considered).

Jeff Carlisle

Carlisle USA XI vs Honduras
The United States have lost both of the games they have played so far in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

With Tim Howard unlikely to be fit, Arena really has no other choice than to go...