European Qualifiers for World Cup: who is through?

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Spain have won their groups to join Russia in the finals, with the eight play-off teams now also confirmed.

Antoine Griezmann helped France to the finals
Antoine Griezmann helped France to the finals ©AFP/Getty Images

Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Spain have won their European qualifying groups to join Russia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the eight play-off teams also now confirmed.

  • All nine group winners qualified automatically, with the eight runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups going into the play-offs.

Road to Russia: schedule

  • Play-off draw (Zurich): 17 October
  • Play-off first legs: 9–11 November
  • Play-off second legs: 12–14 November
  • Final tournament draw (Moscow): 1 December
  • Final tournament (Russia): 14 June–15 July

Which European teams have qualified?

Belgium, England, France, Germany (holders), Iceland, Portugal, Poland, Russia (hosts), Serbia, Spain

Who is in the play-offs?

Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland

Who has qualified so far from outside Europe?

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Uruguay

GROUP A

  • France have qualified.
  • Sweden are in the play-offs.

GROUP B

  • Portugal have qualified.
  • Switzerland are in the play-offs.

GROUP C

  • Germany have qualified.
  • Northern Ireland are in the play-offs.

GROUP D

  • Serbia have qualified.
  • Republic of Ireland are in the play-offs.

GROUP E

  • Poland have qualified.
  • Denmark are in the play-offs.

GROUP F

  • England have qualified.
  • Slovakia finished runners-up but had the worst record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their group so miss out on the play-offs.

GROUP G

  • Spain have qualified.
  • Italy are in the play-offs.

GROUP H

  • Belgium have qualified.
  • Greece are in the play-offs.

GROUP I

  • Iceland have qualified.
  • Croatia are in the play-offs.

How teams were split
(FIFA competition regulations, article 20.6)

a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches
b) goal difference in all group matches
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:
d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
g) the goals scored away from home count double between the teams concerned (if the tie is only between two teams)
h) fair play points system in which the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches is considered according to the following deduction – first yellow card: minus 1 point – second yellow card/indirect red card: minus 3 points – direct red card: minus 4 points – yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
i) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.