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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

Miguel Herrera admits scuffle with reporter in his apology

The Mexico Football Federation voted to sack coach Miguel Herrera following an alleged incident that took place at Philadelphia International Airport.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says the United States' Gold Cup performance left questions ahead of the Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico.
The ESPN FC crew react to reports that Mexico boss Miguel Herrera punched a journalist following their Gold Cup win, and Craig Burley is not finding too many positives in their record seventh Gold Cup title.

Ousted Mexico national team coach Miguel Herrera said he will "return as exactly the same person" in an apology letter and first public acknowledgement of an incident that took place at Philadelphia International Airport with a TV Azteca reporter.

"I want to publicly apologize to the fans, the coaching staff, players, Mexico Football Federation and the media for my behavior in the regretful incident that I had with a commentator," Herrera said in the statement. "I understand that this is not an attitude...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Mexico sacks coach Miguel Herrera after alleged fight with journalist

The Mexico Football Federation voted to sack coach Miguel Herrera following an alleged incident that took place at Philadelphia International Airport.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says the United States' Gold Cup performance left questions ahead of the Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico.
The ESPN FC crew react to reports that Mexico boss Miguel Herrera punched a journalist following their Gold Cup win, and Craig Burley is not finding too many positives in their record seventh Gold Cup title.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reviews Mexico's 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, where he feels Miguel Herrera put all the outside noise on the backburner.

The Mexico Football Federation voted on Tuesday to sack coach Miguel Herrera following an alleged incident that took place at Philadelphia International Airport.

The move comes just two days after Mexico won the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the nation's first major title since 2011.

Incoming federation president Decio de Maria explained the decision at a lengthy news conference.

"After listening to all my colleagues who are part of this federation, and reasoning I have made the decision to take Miguel Herrera...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Mexico federation poised to reveal fate of coach Miguel Herrera

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says the United States' Gold Cup performance left questions ahead of the Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico.
The ESPN FC crew react to reports that Mexico boss Miguel Herrera punched a journalist following their Gold Cup win, and Craig Burley is not finding too many positives in their record seventh Gold Cup title.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno reviews Mexico's 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, where he feels Miguel Herrera put all the outside noise on the backburner.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera will learn whether he stays or goes on Tuesday following a reported airport scuffle with a TV Azteca reporter.

The Mexico Football Federation met on Tuesday to discuss Herrera's fate after the incident that allegedly took place at Philadelphia International Airport following El Tri's Gold Cup win over Jamaica. The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

ESPN analyst John Sutcliffe on Tuesday afternoon tweeted that Herrera is out as coach. 

United States to start World Cup qualifying in St. Louis on Nov. 13

Jurgen Klinsmann discusses the United States' Gold Cup performances and the high expectations moving forward.

The United States will open qualifying for the 2018 World Cup at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals announced on Sunday that their stadium will be used for the game on Nov. 13.

Given a bye in the first three rounds of qualifying along with the other powers of CONCACAF, the 34th-ranked United States was drawn into Group C on Saturday for the fourth round.

In addition to No. 64 Trinidad and Tobago, the group will include 105th-ranked Guatemala or No. 107 Antigua and Barbuda,...