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World Cup Qualification
World football is split into six confederations, which look after football in various continental regions.

Uefa (Europe)
CAF (Africa)
AFC (Asia)
OFC (Oceania)
Conmebol (South America)
Concacaf (North and Central America)

Each of the six send teams to the World Cup after holding their own qualifying competitions.

Click on the links below - or to the right - to see the full results from every match on the road to the finals.


AFRICA
First round: Home and away knockout ties involving 50 teams.

Second round: 25 first round winners drawn in five groups of five. Group winners qualify for World Cup.
 Group A  Group B  Group C  Group D  Group E

ASIA
First round: 10 groups of four teams each. Group winners qualify for second round.
 Group 1  Group 2  Group 3  Group 4  Group 5
 Group 6  Group 7  Group 8  Group 9  Group 10
Second round: Two groups of five teams. Group winners qualify for World Cup. Runners-up qualify for third round.
 Group A  Group B
Third round and Euro play-off: Home and away play-off between group runners-up. Winners qualify for play-off with European team.
Euro/Asian play-off: Home and away play-off between third round winners and one European group runner-up.

EUROPE
First round: Nine groups of five or six teams each. Group winners qualify for World Cup. Runners-up qualify for play-offs
 Group 1  Group 2  Group 3  Group 4  Group 5
 Group 6  Group 7  Group 8  Group 9
Play-offs: Nine European runners-up and winner of europen play-off compete in home and away fixtures.

NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
Caribbean zone: Three groups of eight play knockout matches. Three winners qualify for semi-final round. Runners-up into play-offs.
 Group 1  Group 2  Group 3
Central American zone: Two groups of three, winners into semi-final round. Runners-up into play-offs.
 Group A  Group B
Play-offs: Canada plays Group 1 runner-up. Group 2 and 3 runners-up play Group A and B runners-up, all for place in semi-final round.
Semi-final round: Three groups of four, including four automatic qualifiers - Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States. Top two teams in each group go to final round.
 Group C  Group D  Group E
Final round: Top three teams qualify for World Cup.

SOUTH AMERICA
Qualifying tournament: One league, 10 teams. Top four qualify for World Cup. Fifth-placed team qualifies for play-off.
Play-off: Fifth-placed team plays winner of Oceania section.

OCEANIA
First round: Two groups of five, winners qualify for play-off.
 Group 1  Group 2
Play-off: Two group winners play to decide who goes into play-off with fifth-placed South American team.
South American/Oceania Play-off: Fifth-placed team plays winner of Oceania section.


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