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World Cup Qualifying

World Cup Qualifying

The World Cup qualification is one of football’s exciting events. The occasion, organized by FIFA, gathers national teams from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North and Central America and Caribbean, and Oceania. The World Cup qualification is a group qualification event in which 204 footballing nations compete for 32 spots in the FIFA World Cup finals, which takes place every four years. The World Cup qualification may take up to 3 years to determine the qualifying nations.

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Table

Pos. TeamMPWDLGFGADP
Group A
1   Belgium 10 8 2 0 18 4 +14 26
1   Ethiopia 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 13
1
Iran 8 5 1 2 8 2 +6 16
1
USA 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22
1   Tahiti 3 3 0 0 18 5 +13 9
1   Argentina 16 9 5 2 35 15 +20 32
2   Croatia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17
2
South Africa 6 3 2 1 12 5 +7 11
2
Korea Republic 8 4 2 2 13 7 +6 14
2   Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18
2   New Caledonia 3 2 0 1 17 6 +11 6
2   Colombia 16 9 3 4 27 13 +14 30
3   Serbia 10 4 2 4 18 11 +7 14
3
Botswana 6 2 1 3 8 10 -2 7
3
Uzbekistan 8 4 2 2 11 6 +5 14
3   Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15
3   Vanuatu 3 1 0 2 8 9 -1 3
3
Chile 16 9 1 6 29 25 +4 28
4
Scotland 10 3 2 5 8 12 -4 11
4
Central African Republic 6 1 0 5 5 12 -7 3
4
Qatar 8 2 1 5 5 13 -8 7
4
Mexico 10 2 5 3 7 9 -2 11
4   Samoa 3 0 0 3 1 24 -23 0
4
Ecuador 16 7 4 5 20 16 +4 25
5
Wales 10 3 1 6 9 20 -11 10
5   Lebanon 8 1 2 5 3 12 -9 5
5
Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 -4 8
5
Uruguay 16 7 4 5 25 25 +0 25
6
Macedonia 10 2 1 7 7 16 -9 7
6
Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 -8 5
6   Venezuela 16 5 5 6 14 20 -6 20
7   Peru 16 4 3 9 17 26 -9 15
8   Bolivia 16 2 6 8 17 30 -13 12
9   Paraguay 16 3 3 10 17 31 -14 12
Group B
1   Italy 10 6 4 0 19 9 +10 22
1   Tunisia 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 14
1   Japan 8 5 2 1 16 5 +11 17
1   New Zealand 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
2
Denmark 10 4 4 2 17 12 +5 16
2
Cape Verde Islands 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2 9
2
Australia 8 3 4 1 12 7 +5 13
2   Solomon Islands 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3   Czech Republic 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15
3
Sierra Leone 6 2 2 2 10 10 +0 8
3
Jordan 8 3 1 4 7 16 -9 10
3   Fiji 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2
4
Bulgaria 10 3 4 3 14 9 +5 13
4
Equatorial Guinea 6 0 2 4 6 15 -9 2
4   Oman 8 2 3 3 7 10 -3 9
4   Papua New Guinea 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
5   Armenia 10 4 1 5 12 13 -1 13
5
Iraq 8 1 2 5 4 8 -4 5
6   Malta 10 1 0 9 5 28 -23 3
Group C
1   Germany 10 9 1 0 36 10 +26 28
1   Côte d'Ivoire 6 4 2 0 15 5 +10 14
2
Sweden 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
2
Morocco 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9
3
Austria 10 5 2 3 20 10 +10 17
3
Tanzania 6 2 0 4 8 12 -4 6
4   Ireland Republic 10 4 2 4 16 17 -1 14
4   Gambia 6 1 1 4 4 11 -7 4
5   Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 6 21 -15 5
6   Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 4 29 -25 1
Group D
1   Netherlands 10 9 1 0 34 5 +29 28
1
Ghana 6 5 0 1 18 3 +15 15
2
Romania 10 6 1 3 19 12 +7 19
2
Zambia 6 3 2 1 11 4 +7 11
3
Hungary 10 5 2 3 21 20 +1 17
3
Lesotho 6 1 2 3 4 15 -11 5
4   Turkey 10 5 1 4 16 9 +7 16
4
Sudan 6 0 2 4 3 14 -11 2
5   Estonia 10 2 1 7 6 20 -14 7
6   Andorra 10 0 0 10 0 30 -30 0
Group E
1   Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24
1
Burkina Faso 6 4 0 2 7 4 +3 12
2
Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17
2
Congo 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
3
Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15
3   Gabon 6 2 1 3 5 6 -1 7
4   Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 -3 12
4
Niger 6 1 1 4 6 12 -6 4
5
Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 -2 11
6
Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 -11 5
Group F
1   Russia 10 7 1 2 20 5 +15 22
1   Nigeria 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 12
2
Portugal 10 6 3 1 20 9 +11 21
2
Malawi 6 1 4 1 4 5 -1 7
3
Israel 10 3 5 2 19 14 +5 14
3
Kenya 6 1 3 2 4 5 -1 6
4
Azerbaijan 10 1 6 3 7 11 -4 9
4
Namibia 6 1 2 3 2 4 -2 5
5
Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 9 17 -8 7
6   Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 7 26 -19 6
Group G
1   Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 8 1 1 30 6 +24 25
1   Egypt 6 6 0 0 16 7 +9 18
2   Greece 10 8 1 1 12 4 +8 25
2   Guinea 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
3   Slovakia 10 3 4 3 11 10 +1 13
3
Mozambique 6 0 3 3 2 10 -8 3
4   Lithuania 10 3 2 5 9 11 -2 11
4
Zimbabwe 6 0 2 4 4 9 -5 2
5   Latvia 10 2 2 6 10 20 -10 8
6   Liechtenstein 10 0 2 8 4 25 -21 2
Group H
1
England 10 6 4 0 31 4 +27 22
1
Algeria 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 15
2
Ukraine 10 6 3 1 28 4 +24 21
2
Mali 6 2 2 2 7 7 +0 8
3
Montenegro 10 4 3 3 18 17 +1 15
3
Benin 6 2 2 2 8 9 -1 8
4
Poland 10 3 4 3 18 12 +6 13
4   Rwanda 6 0 2 4 3 11 -8 2
5   Moldova 10 3 2 5 12 17 -5 11
6   San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 54 -53 0
Group I
1   Spain 8 6 2 0 14 3 +11 20
1
Cameroon 6 4 1 1 8 3 +5 13
2   France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
2
Libya 6 2 3 1 5 3 +2 9
3
Finland 8 2 3 3 5 9 -4 9
3
Congo DR 6 1 3 2 3 3 +0 6
4
Georgia 8 1 2 5 3 10 -7 5
4   Togo 6 1 1 4 4 11 -7 4
5
Belarus 8 1 1 6 7 16 -9 4
Group J
1   Senegal 6 3 3 0 9 4 +5 12
2   Uganda 6 2 2 2 5 6 -1 8
3   Angola 6 1 4 1 8 6 +2 7
4   Liberia 6 1 1 4 4 10 -6 4

Channels licensed to broadcast World Cup Qualifying in United States

Directv
2015-2017
European Qualifiers
ESPN
2014-2017
129 - 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP Qualifiers between September 2016 and November 2017.
ESPN2
2014-2017
European Qualifiers
ESPN3 USA
2014-2017
European Qualifiers
ESPNEWS
2014-2017
European Qualifiers
Fox Sports 1 USA
2016-2018
129 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers between the period of September 2016 through to November 2017. The remaining 129 matches have been licensed to ESPN.
WATCH ESPN
2014-2017
European Qualifiers

 

News

Kluivert leads Curacao through in World Cup qualifying
Bradenton Herald
ST. JOHN'S, Montserrat — Former Netherlands forward and assistant coach Patrick Kluivert has made a winning start in World Cup qualifying as coach of Curacao. The Caribbean island team advanced to the second qualifying round in CONCACAF for the ...
Bhutan Advances in World Cup Qualifying With Win Over Sri Lanka
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) -- Bhutan, international soccer's worst team, advanced in its attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka for a second time. Chencho Gyeltshen scored in the fifth and 90th minutes at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu ...
Harvey's World Cup Qualifying Debut a Smashing Success
DePaul Blue Demons
CHICAGO - You couldn't blame Jalen Harvey if he tossed and turned a little in his sleep on the eve of his first World Cup qualifying soccer match. After all, the talented DePaul junior and Bermuda-born athlete has been competing with the island's ...
World's Worst Soccer Team Bhutan Wins World Cup Qualify Opener
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) -- Bhutan, international soccer's worst team, won the opening match of its attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, beating Sri Lanka 1-0. The Himalayan country is last in FIFA's 209-nation world rankings. Teams are ranked based on points ...
A Moment Atop the World for Bhutan's Last-Ranked Team
New York Times
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Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes
Fresno Bee
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BVI optimistic despite 3-2 World Cup qualifying loss to Dominica
Virgin Islands Daily News
TORTOLA - The British Virgin Islands men's national soccer team is optimistic for a positive result Sunday despite a 3-2 loss at Dominica on Thursday night at Windsor Park. The BVI is playing both World Cup qualifying matches in Dominica because the A ...
Upstate's Winder Suits Up for Bahamas National Team in World Cup Qualifying
USC Upstate
Winder, who was a freshman on the 2014 Spartan soccer team, was called up to the Bahamas National Team on Jan. 27 and was named to the World Cup Qualifying team on March 25 prior to the first game of the Round 1 qualifying matches against Bermuda ...
World's worst soccer team finally scores shot at World Cup
University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News
This was just the first of a two-legged round for World Cup qualifying, so Bhutan had to travel to Sri Lanka for a second game on March 18. But Bhutan, with its population of about 730,000, won again — this time 2-1. The team advanced to the second ...
Bhutan Wins Again! A Match Report From A Deadspin Reader In Bhutan
Deadspin
The tiny landlocked Himalayan nation advanced to the second round of World Cup qualifying—where they could be placed into a pool with Asian heavyweights like Iran, Japan, or South Korea—by knocking off Sri Lanka 2-1 yesterday, winning the two-legged ...

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