World Cup 2018 Qualifications

Although the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks-off on June 14 in 2018, the qualifications already started in March 2015. Yes, the 2014 World Cup wasn’t even played a year ago or the 2018 World Cup qualifications already kicked off.  It’s the AFC confederation which had the privilege of playing the very first 2018 World Cup qualification match. This was between Timor-Lest and Mongolia on March 12 2015.

Check the 2018 World Cup qualifications details per confederation:

2018 World Cup Qualifications Kick-Off Dates

ConfederationTeamsQualifiedEliminatedWC spotsStartEnd
AFC4664 or 512 March 201510 October 2017
CONCACAF353 or 423 March 201510 October 2017
OFC110 or 131 August 2015November 2017
CONMEBOL1074 or 55 October 20152017
CAF54155 October 20152017
UEFA53114September 2016November 2017

Teams Qualified for the 2018 World Cup

 TeamConfederationHowWhenHow Many WCsLast WCBest Performance
23px-Flag_of_Russia.svgRussiaUEFAHost2 December 20101120141966 (4th place)

Teams Eliminated in the 2018 World Cup Qualifications

Zimbabwe is the very first country to be eliminated from the 2018 World Cup qualifications. But not because they lost a qualification round, but because they are expelled by FIFA. The reason is that the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) failed to pay former coach José Claudinei an “outstanding debt”.

 TeamConfederationHowWhenHow Many WCsLast WC
ZimbabweZimbabweCAFExpelled12 March 201500
NepalNepalAFCFirst Round17 March 201500
MongoliaMongoliaAFCFirst Round17 March 201500
Sri LankaSri LankaAFCFirst Round17 March 201500
MacauMacauAFCFirst Round17 March 201500
BruneiBrunei DarussalamAFCFirst Round17 March 201500
US Virgin IslandsUS Virgin IslandsCONCACAFFirst Round26 March 201500
Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos IslandsCONCACAFFirst Round26 March 201500
BahamasBahamasCONCACAFFirst Round29 March 201500
British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin IslandsCONCACAFFirst Round29 March 201500
Cayman IslandsCayman IslandsCONCACAFFirst Round29 March 201500
AnguillaAnguillaCONCACAFFirst Round29 March 201500
MontserratMontserratCONCACAFFirst Round31 March 201500

Stay tuned since the 2018 World Cup qualification stage is far from over!! The road to the 2018 World Cup is a long one.

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