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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.


13 places

• European qualifying home page

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Juan Carlos Osorio confirms he will coach Mexico

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Sao Paulo manager Juan Carlos Osorio on Wednesday confirmed he will be leaving the Brazilian league club to coach the Mexico national team.

Sao Paulo had announced the move on Tuesday, with club president Carlos Miguel Aidar saying in a statement: "I deeply regret Osorio's decision. He was doing a good job."

Mexico's national team director Santiago Banos had already mentioned his desire to choose a new coach by the end of this week, although the Mexico federation had not yet officially confirmed...

U.S. beats Panama with second-half surge, Canada advances with draw

ESPN FC's Katia Castorena recaps the United States U-23's comfortable 4-0 win over Panama as four second half goals paved the way to secure top spot in Group A.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Substitute Jerome Kiesewetter sparked the offense with a goal and an assist in the second half, and the United States beat Panama 4-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on Tuesday night.

Already through to the semifinal round, the Americans didn't have much to play for and rested several of their starters. Scoreless at halftime, the U.S. caught a break early in the second half when Panama defender Fidel Escobar knocked in a crossing shot. Kiesewetter then scored three minutes...

Mexico get Olympic qualifying going with 4-0 rout of Costa Rica

Erick Torres added a late goal to ice Mexico's 4-0 Olympic qualifying opener against Costa Rica.

Without really impressing, Mexico still managed an effective beginning to a campaign to defend its Olympic title from 2012, defeating Costa Rica 4-0 in the opening match of qualifying.

Considering they've already won an Olympic title, Mexico might be taking qualifying for the competition in Rio de Jainero, Brazil, a little bit for granted. There hasn't been much media coverage about the squad in Mexico, and the attendance in Carson's Stub Hub stadium, normally a stronghold for Mexican fans whenever...

Mexico beats Costa Rica with Marco Bueno brace, Honduras tops Haiti 1-0

Erick Torres added an 88th-minute goal to help Mexico ice a 4-0 win against Costa Rica.

CARSON, Calif. -- Marco Bueno scored twice as defending Olympic champion Mexico beat Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday night in their Group B opener in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Rio Games.

Bueno opened the scoring in the 19th minute, Costa Rica's William Fernandez Gonzalez had an own goal in first-half stoppage time, Bueno connected again in the 77th, and Erick Torres added a goal in the 88th.

Seeking its 11th berth in the Olympics, Mexico will play Haiti on Sunday in Carson and finish group play...