Qualifying round

Group A

HomeAwayTotal
TeamsPWDLWDLWDLFA+/-Pts
France France420011031072510
Netherlands Netherlands41011102118447
Sweden Sweden41101012116337
Bulgaria Bulgaria4200002202610-46
Belarus Belarus402000202226-42
Luxembourg Luxembourg400201101359-41

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Draw   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 14/11/2016 07:01 CET

Matches

6 September 2016
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria4-3Luxembourg
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
09/07/2016 10:59:40
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden1-1Netherlands
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
09/07/2016 11:02:06
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus0-0France
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
10/31/2016 09:33:48
7 October 2016
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France4-1Bulgaria
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
10/08/2016 01:59:43
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg0-1Sweden
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
10/08/2016 02:05:33
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands4-1Belarus
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam (NED)
10/08/2016 02:00:23
10 October 2016
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands0-1France
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
10/11/2016 09:59:10
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden3-0Bulgaria
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
10/11/2016 10:09:38
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus1-1Luxembourg
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
10/31/2016 09:33:48
11 November 2016
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France2-1Sweden
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
11/12/2016 14:13:37
13 November 2016
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria1-0Belarus
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
11/14/2016 08:36:52
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg1-3Netherlands
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/14/2016 08:39:30
25 March 2017
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenBelarus
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
11/18/2016 14:16:09
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaNetherlands
Referee: TBD Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
11/22/2016 09:18:01
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
LuxembourgFrance
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/22/2016 14:07:38
9 June 2017
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenFrance
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BelarusBulgaria
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
31 August 2017
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
LuxembourgBelarus
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:17
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceNetherlands
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaSweden
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
3 September 2017
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BelarusSweden
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsBulgaria
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
7 October 2017
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BelarusNetherlands
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
BulgariaFrance
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
10 October 2017
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
LuxembourgBulgaria
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:00
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsSweden
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:00
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
FranceBelarus
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:00
Last updated: 14/11/2016 07:01 CET
 

Road to the final

European qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup consists of a group stage and a play-off round, providing 13 UEFA member nations for the 32-team final tournament in Russia (who qualify as by right).

Qualifying group stage
Matches take place between 4 September 2016 and 10 October 2017 with seven groups of six teams and two of five. The nine group winners qualify directly for the finals and the eight runners-up with the best record against the teams finishing first, third, fourth and fifth in their section go into the play-offs.

Play-offs
The eight teams are drawn into four pairings for two-legged ties played from 9 abnd 14 November 2017. If scores are level after the second leg the team with the most away goals qualified, whether after 90 minutes or extra time. The four winners qualify for the finals.

Final tournament
The allocation for other confederations is: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 4.5, Confederation of African Football (CAF) 5.0, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) 3.5, South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) 4.5, Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) 0.5, and one slot for the hosts Russia. The teams are drawn into eight groups of four with the top two going into the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the
official competition regulations.