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Old 03-11-2015, 09:22 AM   #1
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The official qualification draw doesn't take place until July 25, but a few nations will already have been eliminated by then. The first matches will be played in Asia tomorrow!

Asian Football Confederation - 46 nations, 4 or 5 places

The first round of AFC qualifying begins tomorrow with the 12 lowest seeded teams drawn into home-and-away ties. Second leg will be on the 17th of March.

India vs. Nepal
Yemen vs. Pakistan
Timor-Leste vs. Mongolia
Cambodia vs. Macau
Chinese Taipei vs. Brunei
Sri Lanka vs. Bhutan

The second round will be the six winners of these ties, plus the 34 other teams, which will be will be divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up will advance to the third round. Some serious stomp-fests will probably happen in this round.

Third round will have will be divided into two groups of six to play home-and-away round-robin matches. Top two in each group will go to the World Cup, third placed team will have a play-off, winner of that will have another play-off against a team from another confederation.

Confederation of African Football - 54 nations, 5 places

Qualification begins in October 2015, first, there will be three home-and away rounds to get down to 20 teams, these will then be divided into five groups for Round 4. Each group winner goes to the World Cup.

Union of European Football Associations - 52 nations, 13 places

Draw to be held July 25. Qualifying process yet to be confirmed, but it will probably be the same as always (8-9 groups, winner qualifies, 2nd plays play-off). Although with 13 out of 52 qualifying, you could also play in groups of four.

Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - 35 nations, 3 or 4 places

First round runs from 22nd to 29th of March. Bottom 14 teams are paired up, winners will join teams ranked 9-21 (including CANADA) in the second round.

First round match-ups:

Bahamas vs.Bermuda
British Virgin Islands vs. Dominica
Barbados vs. U.S. Virgin Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis vs. Turks and Caicos Islands
Nicaragua vs. Anguilla
Belize vs. Cayman Islands
Curaçao vs. Montserrat

Second round:

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines vs. Guyana
Antigua and Barbuda vs. Saint Lucia
Puerto Rico vs. Grenada
Canada vs. (British Virgin Islands or Dominica)
Dominican Republic vs. (Belize or Cayman Islands)
Guatemala vs. (Bahamas or Bermuda)
Aruba vs. (Barbados or U.S. Virgin Islands)
(Turks and Caicos Islands or Saint Kitts and Nevis) vs. El Salvador
(Curaçao or Montserrat) vs. Cuba
(Nicaragua or Anguilla) vs. Suriname

Third round

Jamaica and Haiti will join the ten winners of Round 2, and play a home-and-away tie.

Fourth round
A total of 12 teams (teams ranked 1–6 (USA#1) and six third round winners) will be divided into three groups of four to play home-and-away round-robin matches, top two go to Round 5.

Fifth round

THE HEX. One group of six. Three qualify for Russia, fourth goes to the inter-continental play-off.

Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol - 10 nations, 4 or 5 places

Single table, home-and-away. Top 4 to Russia, 5th to the play-off. Starting in October 2015.

Oceania Football Confederation - 11 places, 0 or 1 place

Short summary:
Spoiler:

Longer version:

First round: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, and Tonga will play a 'preliminary round-robin tournament' at a single venue. The winner will advance to the second round.

Second round: Two groups of four, home-and-away. Top two go to Round 3.

Third round: One group of four. New Zealand advances to the inter-continental playoff.

The draw for the inter-federation playoffs to decide the final qualifiers will also take place on July 25.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:24 AM   #2
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Will whole Ukraine play if they qualify or just the part that isn't occupied by then?
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:25 AM   #3
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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LÖL CONCACAF
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Third round: One group of four. New Zealand advances to the inter-continental playoff.
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Optimistic we'll qualify
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:41 AM   #7
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Don't know. We lack a certain Übermensch.
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I predict Russia annexes two of Ukraine's midfielders and attempts to play 13v11.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:29 AM   #9
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Lol at Sügaraids trying to bait cruzinaids
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Here for the lol england
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Im missing a shoutout to the reigning CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.
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Let's do it
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Im missing a shoutout to the reigning CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.
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LÖL CONCACAF
LOL at some UEFA scrub making fun of a region who owned them this past World Cup.


1. Mexico embarrasses Croatia in a must win 3-0 for both teams.
2. Costa outplays both Italy and England to get out of the group, sending both home.
3. LOLUSA was 2 minutes from beating Portugal. ultimately, it didn't matter, because USA made it out of the group and Portugal didn't.
4. Mexico outplays Netherlands, only to get robbed at the very end.
5. Costa Rica easily beats Greece in the round of 16.
6. Costa Rica takes a pathetic, cheating Netherlands team to PKs and runs bad.


CONCACAF>UEFA in 2014.
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Re: In Soviet Russia, World Cup qualifies you! - WC2018 qualifying thread

NO ERA PENAL

Kick-off times for tomorrow (GMT)

07:00 East Timor - Mongolia
09:00 Cambodia - Macau
09:30 Sri Lanka - Bhutan
11:00 Taiwan - Brunei
13:30 India - Nepal
15:30 Yemen - Pakistan
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LOL at some UEFA scrub making fun of a region who owned them this past World Cup.


1. Mexico embarrasses Croatia in a must win 3-0 for both teams.
2. Costa outplays both Italy and England to get out of the group, sending both home.
3. LOLUSA was 2 minutes from beating Portugal. ultimately, it didn't matter, because USA made it out of the group and Portugal didn't.
4. Mexico outplays Netherlands, only to get robbed at the very end.
5. Costa Rica easily beats Greece in the round of 16.
6. Costa Rica takes a pathetic, cheating Netherlands team to PKs and runs bad.


CONCACAF>UEFA in 2014.
4, 5, 6 are not true
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I wont take anything Cruizn says serious until he delivers a no era penal shirt pic of him or any other random fat mexican guy.
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I wont take anything Cruizn says serious until he delivers a no era penal shirt pic of him or any other random fat american guy.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:18 PM   #19
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It is impressive that SN and Cruizn have managed to show some high quality ****wittery. They've really put a marker down early in the campaign to show any pretenders that they are serious about this and that they are going to have to be incredibly stupid if they want to bring home the gold.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:41 PM   #20
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Im missing a shoutout to the reigning CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.
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i love WCQ so much. almost as much as the actual WC
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:44 PM   #22
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having said all that, how many ppl here are actually gonna tune in for the scrubby 1st slate of games?

Spoiler:
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Pre-emptive lolEngland
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:30 AM   #24
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Bhutan just beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in their first ever World Cup qualifying match!
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It is impressive that SN and Cruizn have managed to show some high quality ****wittery. They've really put a marker down early in the campaign to show any pretenders that they are serious about this and that they are going to have to be incredibly stupid if they want to bring home the gold.
lol, although SN hasn't even warmed up yet.
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