Qualifying round

Group A

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TeamsPWDLWDLWDLFA+/-Pts
France France104103117211861223
Sweden Sweden104102036132691719
Netherlands Netherlands104012126132112919
Bulgaria Bulgaria104010144151419-513
Luxembourg Luxembourg10113023136826-186
Belarus Belarus10122005127621-155

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Draw   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 19:16 CET

Matches

6 September 2016
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria4-3Luxembourg
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
06/15/2018 11:39:11
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden1-1Netherlands
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/25/2018 14:23:24
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus0-0France
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/15/2018 13:17:03
7 October 2016
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France4-1Bulgaria
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/15/2018 11:43:11
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands4-1Belarus
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam (NED)
07/16/2018 10:37:26
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg0-1Sweden
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2018 13:21:46
10 October 2016
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands0-1France
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/15/2018 13:39:06
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden3-0Bulgaria
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/25/2018 14:23:24
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus1-1Luxembourg
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/15/2018 13:34:27
11 November 2016
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France2-1Sweden
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/15/2018 13:53:47
13 November 2016
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria1-0Belarus
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
06/15/2018 12:36:36
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg1-3Netherlands
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2018 14:03:19
25 March 2017
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden4-0Belarus
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/25/2018 14:23:24
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg1-3France
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2018 14:14:57
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria2-0Netherlands
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
06/15/2018 14:21:47
9 June 2017
Netherlands5-0Luxembourg
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL) Stadium: Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam (NED)
07/16/2018 10:37:26
Sweden2-1France
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/25/2018 14:23:24
Belarus2-1Bulgaria
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/15/2018 14:24:51
31 August 2017
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France4-0Netherlands
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/15/2018 12:50:18
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg1-0Belarus
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2018 14:35:40
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria3-2Sweden
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
06/15/2018 12:51:14
3 September 2017
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands3-1Bulgaria
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/15/2018 12:56:41
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus0-4Sweden
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/15/2018 14:52:27
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France0-0Luxembourg
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
06/15/2018 14:46:33
7 October 2017
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Sweden8-0Luxembourg
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/25/2018 14:23:25
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belarus1-3Netherlands
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/12/2018 13:46:59
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Bulgaria0-1France
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
05/15/2018 09:30:28
10 October 2017
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands2-0Sweden
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/01/2018 07:18:48
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
Luxembourg1-1Bulgaria
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
05/14/2018 08:40:10
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group A)
France2-1Belarus
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
05/10/2018 10:58:32
Last updated: 17/11/2017 19:16 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.

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.