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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

Qualifying for 2018...

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World Cup qualifying draw: Spain land Italy in group stages

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno break down the CONCACAF and UEFA World Cup qualifying draws.
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Sepp Blatter has arrived in Russia ahead of the preliminary 2018 World Cup draw.
The U.N.'s Special Adviser for Sport believes Blatter should receive recognition for the positive aspects of his tenure.

The draw for the preliminary stages of the 2018 World Cup has been taken with France taking on Netherlands, Spain and Italy drawn in the same group and England finding themselves placed with Scotland.

Germany will start defending their World Cup title in a six-team UEFA pool where the Czech Republic seems the biggest barrier to advancing as group winners.

"I'm happy that we won't play against France or Italy," said former German international and current team official Oliver Bierhoff.

Italy, the...

 By John Duerden

Coach Anthony Hudson charting a new attacking course for New Zealand

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson wants his team to play an attacking style during their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup and beyond.

At the 2010 World Cup, New Zealand were determined, doughty and difficult to beat. The All Whites drew all three games against Slovakia, Paraguay and Italy to finish above the defending champions. It was a fine achievement.

For Russia 2018 however, head coach Anthony Hudson wants a little more. Not just to qualify but to play a brand of attacking, ambitious and aggressive football against the top teams on the planet.

Since taking the job in August last year, the Englishman, just 34, has started...

Herbert: Bahrain tie was pressure

New Zealand boss Ricki Herbert believes his squad is under less pressure than they were four years ago heading into the second-leg of a World Cup qualifier.

The All Whites will face Mexico in Wellington on Wednesday needing a small miracle to overcome a 5-1 first-leg deficit to book their place at Brazil next year.

However, four years ago, trying to qualify for their first World Cup in 28 years, New Zealand welcomed Bahrain locked at 0-0 and grabbed...

All Whites to hold heads high

New Zealand midfielder Michael McGlinchey said the All Whites are determined to end their World Cup qualification campaign with their “heads held high”.

Michael McGlinchey was at the double for New Zealand in Christchurch
Michael McGlinchey and the All Whites want to end their World Cup qualification with their "heads held high."

The All Whites return to New Zealand for the second leg of their intercontinental playoff with Mexico after falling to a 5-1 drubbing at the Estadio Azteca.

But despite their...