European Qualifiers: World Cup play-off draw

The draw for the FIFA World Cup play-offs has been made: Northern Ireland v Switzerland, Croatia v Greece, Denmark v Republic of Ireland, Sweden v Italy.

The World Cup play-off draw took place in Zurich
The World Cup play-off draw took place in Zurich ©Getty Images

FIFA World Cup play-off draw

Northern Ireland v Switzerland (9 and 12* November)
Croatia v Greece (9 and 12 November)
Sweden v Italy (10 and 13 November)
Denmark v Republic of Ireland (11 and 14 November)

*Kick-off at 18:00CET. All other kick-offs 20:45CET.

EURO 2016 highlights: Italy 1-0 Sweden
EURO 2016 highlights: Italy 1-0 Sweden

Play-off details

  • Italy beat Sweden 1-0 in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage
  • Four-time winners Italy are the only former world champions
  • Republic of Ireland's eighth play-off appearance is a record
  • Northern Ireland have not reached a World Cup since 1986
  • Croatia's four qualifications via play-offs is a record

The draw featured the eight second-placed nations in the European qualifying groups with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their section. The seedings were based on the FIFA World Rankings for October 2017, which were published on Monday.

Who's already qualified?

Watch how Portugal edged Switzerland
Watch how Portugal edged Switzerland

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

Non-UEFA qualifiers: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Uruguay, plus three African qualifiers to be confirmed in November.

Intercontinental play-offs (two spots): Honduras v Australia (10 and 15 November), New Zealand v Peru (11 and 15 November)

What comes next?

The FIFA World Cup finals draw will take place in Moscow on Friday 1 December. The tournament itself will be held in Russia between 14 June and 15 July next year.