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World Cup 2018 playoff draw: how to watch, what to know

October 16, 2017 By Ali M.
Eight teams will be split into two pots to decide UEFA's remaining four World Cup spots.

On Tuesday, the draw for the European World Cup playoffs will be held. Unlike in CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, AFC, and OFC; there are no inter-confederation playoffs in UEFA.

The eight best second-placed teams will be paired against each other in a draw. As is done in the Champions League, there will be pots – two, to be specific – with seeded teams going into pot 1.

Here’s all you need to know about the draw.

When and where will it be held?

It will take place in Zurich, the home of football’s world governing body. It will be held on Tuesday, October 17. The affair will begin at 5:00 PT / 8:00 ET / 12:00 UTC / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CET.

How can I follow the draw?

Fans in the US can tune into WatchESPN and ESPN3 USA. The draw will also be live streamed on and the organization’s YouTube channel.

Who made it to the playoffs?

Eight teams have reached this stage of UEFA’s World Cup qualifiers. They are Sweden, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Croatia.

How will the playoffs be decided?

The top-four ranked teams will be seeded and will thus be put in pot 1.  The remaining will go into pot 2. Two teams from different pots will be paired against each other.

Who are seeded and who are not?

FIFA’s recent world ranking has decided who the seeded teams are. They are Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, and Denmark. This means Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, and Greece will be in pot B.

When will the playoffs be played?

One ball from pot 1 and pot 2 will be chosen for the playoff matchups. They will then be placed in a third pot, mixed, and chosen again. The first team to be chosen will play at home in the first leg.

The two legs will then be played in November – the first will be between 9; and 11 and the second will be between 12 and 14.

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