A

TeamCountryRoundStatus
AlbaniaAlbaniaAlbaniaQualifying roundEliminated
AlgeriaAlgeriaAlgeriaRound of 16Eliminated
AndorraAndorraAndorraQualifying roundEliminated
ArgentinaArgentinaArgentinaFinalPlaying
ArmeniaArmeniaArmeniaQualifying roundEliminated
AustraliaAustraliaAustraliaFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
AustriaAustriaAustriaQualifying roundEliminated
AzerbaijanAzerbaijanAzerbaijanQualifying roundEliminated

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B

TeamCountryRoundStatus
BelarusBelarusBelarusQualifying roundEliminated
BelgiumBelgiumBelgiumQuarter-finalsEliminated
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
BrazilBrazilBrazilThird placeEliminated
BulgariaBulgariaBulgariaQualifying roundEliminated

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C

TeamCountryRoundStatus
CameroonCameroonCameroonFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
ChileChileChileRound of 16Eliminated
ColombiaColombiaColombiaQuarter-finalsEliminated
Costa RicaCosta RicaCosta RicaQuarter-finalsEliminated
CroatiaCroatiaCroatiaFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
CyprusCyprusCyprusQualifying roundEliminated
Czech RepublicCzech RepublicCzech RepublicQualifying roundEliminated
Côte d'IvoireCôte d'IvoireCôte d'IvoireFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated

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D

TeamCountryRoundStatus
DenmarkDenmarkDenmarkQualifying roundEliminated

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E

TeamCountryRoundStatus
EcuadorEcuadorEcuadorFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
EnglandEnglandEnglandFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
EstoniaEstoniaEstoniaQualifying roundEliminated

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F

TeamCountryRoundStatus
Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsFaroe IslandsQualifying roundEliminated
FinlandFinlandFinlandQualifying roundEliminated
FranceFranceFranceQuarter-finalsEliminated
FYR MacedoniaFYR MacedoniaFYR MacedoniaQualifying roundEliminated

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G

TeamCountryRoundStatus
GeorgiaGeorgiaGeorgiaQualifying roundEliminated
GermanyGermanyGermanyFinalPlaying
GhanaGhanaGhanaFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
GreeceGreeceGreeceRound of 16Eliminated

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H

TeamCountryRoundStatus
HondurasHondurasHondurasFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
HungaryHungaryHungaryQualifying roundEliminated

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I

TeamCountryRoundStatus
IcelandIcelandIcelandPlay-off for Final TournamentEliminated
IranIranIranFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
IsraelIsraelIsraelQualifying roundEliminated
ItalyItalyItalyFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated

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J

TeamCountryRoundStatus
JapanJapanJapanFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated

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K

TeamCountryRoundStatus
KazakhstanKazakhstanKazakhstanQualifying roundEliminated
Korea RepublicKorea RepublicKorea RepublicFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated

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L

TeamCountryRoundStatus
LatviaLatviaLatviaQualifying roundEliminated
LiechtensteinLiechtensteinLiechtensteinQualifying roundEliminated
LithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaQualifying roundEliminated
LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourgQualifying roundEliminated

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M

TeamCountryRoundStatus
MaltaMaltaMaltaQualifying roundEliminated
MexicoMexicoMexicoRound of 16Eliminated
MoldovaMoldovaMoldovaQualifying roundEliminated
MontenegroMontenegroMontenegroQualifying roundEliminated

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TeamCountryRoundStatus
NetherlandsNetherlandsNetherlandsThird placeEliminated
NigeriaNigeriaNigeriaRound of 16Eliminated
Northern IrelandNorthern IrelandNorthern IrelandQualifying roundEliminated
NorwayNorwayNorwayQualifying roundEliminated

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P

TeamCountryRoundStatus
PolandPolandPolandQualifying roundEliminated
PortugalPortugalPortugalFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated

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R

TeamCountryRoundStatus
Republic of IrelandRepublic of IrelandRepublic of IrelandQualifying roundEliminated
RomaniaRomaniaRomaniaPlay-off for Final TournamentEliminated
RussiaRussiaRussiaFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated

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S

TeamCountryRoundStatus
San MarinoSan MarinoSan MarinoQualifying roundEliminated
ScotlandScotlandScotlandQualifying roundEliminated
SerbiaSerbiaSerbiaQualifying roundEliminated
SlovakiaSlovakiaSlovakiaQualifying roundEliminated
SloveniaSloveniaSloveniaQualifying roundEliminated
SpainSpainSpainFinal tournament - Group stageEliminated
SwedenSwedenSwedenPlay-off for Final TournamentEliminated
SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSwitzerlandRound of 16Eliminated

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T

TeamCountryRoundStatus
TurkeyTurkeyTurkeyQualifying roundEliminated

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U

TeamCountryRoundStatus
UkraineUkraineUkrainePlay-off for Final TournamentEliminated
UruguayUruguayUruguayRound of 16Eliminated
USAUSAUSARound of 16Eliminated

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W

TeamCountryRoundStatus
WalesWalesWalesQualifying roundEliminated

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Calendar

Qualifying

Play-offs

Group stage

Knockout phase

Final

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.

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