Qualifying round

Group A

1France France431072510
2Netherlands Netherlands42118447
3Sweden Sweden42116337
4Bulgaria Bulgaria4202610-46
5Belarus Belarus402226-42
6Luxembourg Luxembourg401359-41

Group B

1Switzerland Switzerland440093612
2Portugal Portugal4301163139
3Hungary Hungary42118357
4Faroe Islands Faroe Islands411228-64
5Latvia Latvia410328-63
6Andorra Andorra4004113-120

Group C

1Germany Germany44001601612
2Northern Ireland Northern Ireland42118267
3Azerbaijan Azerbaijan421124-27
4Czech Republic Czech Republic412124-25
5Norway Norway410357-23
6San Marino San Marino4004117-160

Group D

1Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland431073410
2Serbia Serbia42209548
3Wales Wales41308446
4Austria Austria411267-14
5Georgia Georgia402235-22
6Moldova Moldova4013211-91

Group E

1Poland Poland4310105510
2Montenegro Montenegro42119457
3Denmark Denmark42027526
4Romania Romania41216425
5Armenia Armenia4103410-63
6Kazakhstan Kazakhstan4022311-82

Group F

1England England431060610
2Slovenia Slovenia42204228
3Slovakia Slovakia42027256
4Lithuania Lithuania412157-25
5Scotland Scotland411268-24
6Malta Malta4004110-90

Group G

1Spain Spain43101511410
2Italy Italy4310114710
3Israel Israel43018539
4Albania Albania420246-26
5FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia4004411-70
6Liechtenstein Liechtenstein4004116-150

Group H

1Belgium Belgium44002112012
2Greece Greece431092710
3Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina42118537
4Cyprus Cyprus410338-53
5Estonia Estonia4103515-103
6Gibraltar Gibraltar4004217-150

Group I

1Croatia Croatia4310101910
2Ukraine Ukraine42207348
3Iceland Iceland42116517
4Turkey Turkey41215505
5Finland Finland401336-31
6Kosovo Kosovo4013112-111


P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 14/11/2016 14:51 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.