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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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Mexico could open hex on road in United States after CONCACAF draw

One Nacion's John Sutcliffe and Tom Marshall discuss Juan Carlos Osorio's future and Chivas Guadalajara's new Mexican-American signing, Alejandro Zendejas.
The U.S. and Mexico could be playing each other as early as November.

The United States will host Mexico in the countries' first game of the final round of World Cup qualifying, should the Americans win their current group.

CONCACAF conducted the draw for the fifth round -- the "hexagonal" or "hex" -- on Friday, though the fourth round will not conclude until September.

The top two teams in each of the three fourth-round groups advance, with the six teams competing in a 10-game round-robin from November 2016 to October 2017.

Mexico is assured of first place in Group...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

CONCACAF 'on a long journey' after reforms - president Victor Montagliani

The crew answer your tweets about the United States and the upcoming match between Spain and Italy.

Victor Montagliani says he learned from a young age about the art of negotiation and politics.

"I knew which uncle would give me the five bucks for an ice cream before another uncle would," recalls the recently elected CONCACAF president, showing off a wide, mischievous smile.

Montagliani will need all the guile he can muster to restore his organization's battered reputation.

A successful insurance businessman and former amateur player, Montagliani spoke about the past, present and future of the...

 By Tom Marshall

Juan Carlos Osorio to continue as Mexico coach

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe discusses Juan Carlos Osorio's future ahead of his meeting with the Mexican federation on Wednesday.
One Nacion's John Sutcliffe and Rafael Ramos discuss Juan Carlos Osorio's future as the head coach of Mexico.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Mexico's 7-0 defeat against Chile in the Copa America quarterfinals.
One Nacion's John Sutcliffe and Rafael Ramos review Mexico's Copa America, that ended with a devastating 7-0 loss to Chile.

Juan Carlos Osorio will remain as head coach of Mexico's national team, following a period of reflection after the Copa America Centenario quarterfinal 7-0 loss to Chile last Saturday.

The Mexican federation's (FMF) general secretary, Guillermo Cantu, held a news conference in Mexico City on Thursday to ratify Osorio, who was hired last October.

"Dismantling everything would be an error, which is why we've decide to continue with the project," said Cantu. "If we trust in the methodology of a person...

 By Nayib Moran

Mexico, U.S. experience reality check in Copa America Centenario

ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe discusses Juan Carlos Osorio's future ahead of his meeting with the Mexican federation on Wednesday.

HOUSTON -- In the Copa America Centenario, the U.S. men's national team finished among the final four; Mexico's national team didn't. However when both teams played against their toughest opponents in the tournament -- Mexico vs. Chile in the quarterfinals and the U.S. vs. Argentina in the semifinals -- both teams failed significantly.

Argentina scored four goals against Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT, while Chile tallied seven against Juan Carlos Osorio's El Tri. CONCACAFs main sides conceded 11 goals...