Qualifying round

Group A

1France France32105147
1Sweden Sweden32105147
3Netherlands Netherlands31115324
4Bulgaria Bulgaria3102510-53
5Belarus Belarus302125-32
6Luxembourg Luxembourg301246-21

Group B

1Switzerland Switzerland33007349
2Portugal Portugal3201122106
3Hungary Hungary31114314
4Faroe Islands Faroe Islands311126-44
5Latvia Latvia310214-33
6Andorra Andorra300319-80

Group C

1Germany Germany33008089
2Azerbaijan Azerbaijan32102027
3Northern Ireland Northern Ireland31114224
4Norway Norway310245-13
5Czech Republic Czech Republic302103-32
6San Marino San Marino300319-80

Group D

1Serbia Serbia32108447
2Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland32106337
3Wales Wales31207345
4Austria Austria31116604
5Georgia Georgia301224-21
6Moldova Moldova3003110-90

Group E

1Montenegro Montenegro32107167
2Poland Poland32107527
3Romania Romania31206155
4Denmark Denmark310234-13
5Kazakhstan Kazakhstan302127-52
6Armenia Armenia300318-70

Group F

1England England32103037
2Lithuania Lithuania31205325
3Slovenia Slovenia31203215
4Scotland Scotland31116514
5Slovakia Slovakia31023213
6Malta Malta300319-80

Group G

1Spain Spain3210111107
2Italy Italy32107437
3Albania Albania32014316
4Israel Israel32015506
5FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia300347-30
6Liechtenstein Liechtenstein3003112-110

Group H

1Belgium Belgium3300130139
2Greece Greece33008179
3Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina32017436
4Estonia Estonia310247-33
5Cyprus Cyprus300307-70
6Gibraltar Gibraltar3003114-130

Group I

1Croatia Croatia32108177
2Iceland Iceland32106337
3Ukraine Ukraine31206335
4Turkey Turkey302135-22
5Finland Finland301235-21
6Kosovo Kosovo3012110-91


P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 12/10/2016 09:24 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.