World Cup 2018: Which teams have qualified for the finals in Russia?

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Find out the qualification status of every country in the world as next summer's gathering of the top players and teams in international soccer nears

The field of teams that will travel to Russia for next summer's World Cup is complete.

African qualifying, the European play-offs and two inter-continental play-offs completed the cycle before the draw for the finals at the beginning of last December.

With qualification complete, Goal has all the information you need to know about which nations have confirmed their places at the tournament.

This is our complete guide to the qualification spots and the teams that have sealed their spot in Russia and to those that came up short in their quest to make the World Cup. 

1. World Cup lineup in full

2. AFC (Asia) qualification
2a. Qualified
2b. Eliminated

3. CAF (Africa) qualification
3a. Qualified
3b. Eliminated

4. CONCACAF (North America) qualification
4a. Qualified
4b. Eliminated

5. CONMEBOL (South America) qualification
5a. Qualified
5b. Eliminated

6. OFC (Oceania) qualification
6a. Qualified
6b. Eliminated

7. UEFA (Europe) qualification
7a. Qualified
7b. Eliminated


THE WORLD CUP 2018 LINEUP IN FULL


Russia Confederations Cup

Below is a list of the teams that have qualified for the World Cup in 2018.

World Cup qualification in Asia is split into three rounds plus play-offs.

In the first round, the 12 teams ranked 35th-46th within the continent play in a two-legged knockout round, with the six winners advancing.

In the second round, those six teams join the teams ranked 1st-34th in eight groups of five teams that play each other home and away. The eight group winners and four best runners up advance to the third round and also qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup.

In the third round, the 12 remaining teams are drawn into two groups of six. Again, they play each other home and away and the top two in each group qualify for the World Cup finals.

The third-placed teams in each group then play each other in a two-legged play-off, with the winner qualifying for another two-legged play-off against the fourth-placed team from North and Central America (CONCACAF). The winner of that tie qualifies for the World Cup finals.

World Cup qualification in Africa is split into three rounds.

The first round sees the 26 teams ranked 28th-53rd within the continent play in a two-legged knockout round, with the 13 winners advancing.

The second round follows the same format, with the 13 first-round winners joined by the teams ranked 1st-27th for a total of 40 teams. The 20 winners advance.

The third round sees those 20 teams divided into five groups of four, with each group winner qualifying for the World Cup finals.

World Cup qualification in North and Central America is split into five rounds plus play-offs.

The first round sees the 14 teams ranked 22nd-35th within the continent play in a two-legged knockout round, with the seven winners advancing.

In the second round, those seven teams are joined by the 13 teams ranked ninth-20th for a total of 20 teams. They play in another two-legged knockout round, with the 10 winners advancing.

In the third round, those 10 teams are joined by the teams ranked seventh and eighth for a total of 12 teams. Again, they play in two-legged knockout ties, with the six winners going through.

The fourth round sees those six teams plus the six top-ranked teams on the continent divided into three groups of four. The teams in each group meet home and away and the top two teams in each group advance to the fifth round.

In the fifth round, the six remaining teams play home and away in one group. The top three countries qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-place team goes into a play-off against the fifth-place team from Asia.

World Cup qualification in South America consists of only one round.

All of the continent's 10 teams play home and away in one group phase. The top four teams qualify for the World Cup finals, while the fifth team goes into a play-off against the best team from Oceania.

Qualified:

Country CONMEBOL qualification place
Brazil First place
Uruguay Second place
Argentina Third place
Colombia Fourth place
Peru Inter-confederation play-off winners

Eliminated:

Country CONMEBOL stage reached
Chile First Round
Paraguay First Round
Ecuador First Round
Bolivia First Round
Venezuela First Round

OFC (OCEANIA) QUALIFICATION


New Zealand World Cup qualifying

World Cup qualification in Oceania is split into three rounds plus a play-off. It is the only continent not guaranteed to have a team at the finals.

In the first round, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga all face each other once in a group, with the group winner advancing to the second round.

The second round sees eight teams - seven new sides plus the first-round winner - split into two groups of four. The top three teams in each group reach the third round, and the top two in each group advance to the knockout stage of the OFC Nations Cup.

In the third round, the six remaining teams are divided into two groups of three. The teams in each group face each other home and away and the winners of each group advance to a final play-off tie.

The winners of the two-legged play-off tie face the fifth place team from South America over two legs for a place at the finals.

Qualified:

None.

Eliminated:

Country OFC stage reached
New Zealand Inter-confederation play-off 
Solomon Islands Fourth Round
New Caledonia Third Round
Fiji Third Round
Tahiti Third Round
Papua New Guinea Third Round
Samoa Second Round
Vanuatu Second Round
American Samoa First Round
Cook Islands First Round
Tonga First Round

UEFA (EUROPE) QUALIFICATION


Portugal World Cup qualifying

World Cup qualification in Europe consists of one round plus play-offs.

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Initially, the 52 countries affiliated with UEFA (excluding hosts Russia) were drawn into seven groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. That later became nine groups of six teams when Kosovo and Gibraltar gained FIFA membership.

The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup finals.

The nine runners up are then ranked by the points they have earned against the teams ranked first to fifth in their group. The top eight teams based on that criteria are drawn into four home-and-away knockout ties, with the winners qualifying for the finals.

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