Qualifying round

Group A

1Belgium Belgium108201841426
2Croatia Croatia10523129317
3Serbia Serbia104241811714
4Scotland Scotland10325812-411
5Wales Wales10316920-1110
6FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia10217716-97

Group B

1Italy Italy106401991022
2Denmark Denmark104421712516
3Czech Republic Czech Republic10433139415
4Bulgaria Bulgaria10343149513
5Armenia Armenia104151213-113
6Malta Malta10109528-233

Group C

1Germany Germany1091036102628
2Sweden Sweden106221914520
3Austria Austria1052320101017
4Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland104241617-114
5Kazakhstan Kazakhstan10127621-155
6Faroe Islands Faroe Islands10019429-251

Group D

1Netherlands Netherlands109103452928
2Romania Romania106131912719
3Hungary Hungary105232120117
4Turkey Turkey10514169716
5Estonia Estonia10217620-147
6Andorra Andorra100010030-300

Group E

1Switzerland Switzerland107301761124
2Iceland Iceland105231715217
3Slovenia Slovenia105051411315
4Norway Norway103341013-312
5Albania Albania10325911-211
6Cyprus Cyprus10127415-115

Group F

1Russia Russia107122051522
2Portugal Portugal106312091121
3Israel Israel103521914514
4Azerbaijan Azerbaijan10163711-49
5Northern Ireland Northern Ireland10145917-87
6Luxembourg Luxembourg10136726-196

Group G

1Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina108113062425
2Greece Greece10811124825
3Slovakia Slovakia103431110113
4Lithuania Lithuania10325911-211
5Latvia Latvia102261020-108
6Liechtenstein Liechtenstein10028425-212

Group H

1England England106403142722
2Ukraine Ukraine106312842421
3Montenegro Montenegro104331817115
4Poland Poland103431812613
5Moldova Moldova103251217-511
6San Marino San Marino100010154-530

Group I

1Spain Spain86201431120
2France France8521156917
3Finland Finland823359-49
4Georgia Georgia8125310-75
5Belarus Belarus8116716-94


P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 19/06/2015 14:18 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.

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.




Group stage

Knockout phase