Qualifying round

Group A

1France France5410103713
2Sweden Sweden5311103710
3Bulgaria Bulgaria5302810-29
4Netherlands Netherlands52128627
5Belarus Belarus5023210-82
6Luxembourg Luxembourg5014612-61

Group B

1Switzerland Switzerland5500103715
2Portugal Portugal54011931612
3Hungary Hungary52128627
4Faroe Islands Faroe Islands512228-65
5Latvia Latvia510429-73
6Andorra Andorra5014113-121

Group C

1Germany Germany55002011915
2Northern Ireland Northern Ireland5311102810
3Czech Republic Czech Republic52218448
4Azerbaijan Azerbaijan521238-57
5Norway Norway510459-43
6San Marino San Marino5005123-220

Group D

1Serbia Serbia5320126611
2Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland532073411
3Wales Wales51408447
4Austria Austria52128717
5Georgia Georgia502348-42
6Moldova Moldova5014213-111

Group E

1Poland Poland5410126613
2Montenegro Montenegro521210647
3Denmark Denmark52127527
4Romania Romania51316426
5Armenia Armenia5203610-46
6Kazakhstan Kazakhstan5023313-102

Group F

1England England541080813
2Slovakia Slovakia530210379
3Slovenia Slovenia52214318
4Scotland Scotland521278-17
5Lithuania Lithuania512259-45
6Malta Malta5005213-110

Group G

1Spain Spain54101921713
2Italy Italy5410134913
3Israel Israel53029909
4Albania Albania520348-46
5FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia5104711-43
6Liechtenstein Liechtenstein5005119-180

Group H

1Belgium Belgium54102222013
2Greece Greece5320103711
3Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina5311135810
4Cyprus Cyprus511338-54
5Estonia Estonia5113515-104
6Gibraltar Gibraltar5005222-200

Group I

1Croatia Croatia54101111013
2Iceland Iceland531186210
3Ukraine Ukraine52217438
4Turkey Turkey52217528
5Finland Finland501438-51
6Kosovo Kosovo5014214-121


P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 27/03/2017 10:20 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.