FIFA World Cup winners not qualifying automatically anymore for next edition


The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.


13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five.

Russia qualify as hosts. Group winners qualify automatically, with the eight best runners-up facing a two-legged playoff. Gibraltar and Kosovo were late additions after being accepted as full FIFA members.

The qualifiers began in September 2016 and run through to November 2017. Click on the group to see the fixtures, results and standings.

GROUP A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg

GROUP B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe...

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Lausanne, Switzerland: FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the World Cup faces a key test at a meeting of world football's top executives.

Infantino wants to expand the tournament to 48 teams, a contentious move that critics say would dilute the quality of World Cup competition and add new fixtures to football's already packed calendar.

"It is not a secret that I believe in an expansion of the World Cup," Infantino told AFP last week, opting for a 48-team competition by 2026.

Infantino has floated a proposal that would see the 16 winners of group qualifying rounds automatically book a place in the showcase tournament.

An additional 32 teams would battle it out in a new pre-tournament play-in round, with 16 nations moving on to the World Cup.

Infantino told AFP that for the World Cup "the ideal format is 32 teams", but that would not stop him from seeking to widen opportunities for more countries while boosting revenues from the cash...

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The FIFA U-17 World Cup, founded as the FIFA U-16 World Championship, later changed to the FIFA U-17 World Championship and known by its current name since 2007, is the world championship of association football for male players under the age of 17 organized by...

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process will decide 31 of the 32 teams which will play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the hosts Russia qualifying automatically. All 208 remaining FIFA member associations are eligible to enter the qualifying process. For the first time in World Cup history, all national teams registered for the preliminary competition.[1] Not all competed, as Zimbabwe were expelled from the competition on 12 March 2015 due to their failure to pay former coach...

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Football World Cup now commonly known as “FIFA World Cup” started back in 1930 when they first world cup was held in Uruguay. 1930 World Cup was the only tournament without a qualifying round as only countries which were affiliated with “FIFA” invited for the competition. 13 countries took part in the first ever world cup and Uruguay went on to become first ever World Champions defeating Argentina in the final.

Brazil is th most successful team in Football World Cup history having won 5 titles

Since 1930 20 world cup has taken place and 8 different teams has won the competition with Brazil winning record 5 times, Germany and Italy won 4 titles each followed by Uruguay and Argentina who won it twice. England, France and Spain are the only other countries to have won the world cup. We take a look at past winners of FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2014.

Most Successful FIFA World Cup Team: Brazil has won the competition record 5 times (2002, 1994, 1970, 1962 and...

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Zurich, Oct 14 : FIFA executives will make a final decision on World Cup reform in January after weighing up three proposals on Thursday, as president Gianni Infantino pushes plans to grow the lucrative tournament. Infantino said it was possible that FIFA will leave the competition as a 32-team event, but he has made no secret of his desire to see the World Cup involve more countries, and more revenue, from 2026 and beyond. One option studied by the powerful FIFA Council at Thursday’s meeting was a 40-team World Cup, with eight groups of five teams, or 10 groups of four.

A 48-team proposal, favoured by Infantino, would see the 16 group winners of a qualifying round automatically book a place in the tournament, while an additional 32 teams would compete in a new pre-tournament play-off. From the play-off, 16 nations would then move on to the World Cup itself. “We’ll keep an open mind and an open spirit and maybe we don’t change anything and maybe we change everything,”...

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The European 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw will be held at Konstantinovsky Palace in St Petersburg on Saturday 25 July, with the FIFA world rankings used to decide the seedings.

Continental allocations
Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
Europe: 13
North, Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5
Hosts: 1 (Russia)

• The 52 entrants (all UEFA national associations except automatically qualified hosts Russia and non-FIFA members Gibraltar) will be drawn into seven groups of six teams and two of five.

• The nine group winners advance directly to the final tournament.

• The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths.

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Germany topped the June FIFA rankings

Draw procedure
• Six seeding pots will be formed as per the FIFA world rankings...

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The live broadcast of the draw ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2014 occurred last Saturday, an exciting start to the road to the next World Cup in Brazil.

World champion Spain was drawn on Saturday with 1998 winner France, Georgia, Belarus and Finland in a qualifying group for the tournament – the first World Cup in Brazil in 64 years. The United States, featuring new coach...

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006.

The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final is expected to take place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The winners will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Host selection

The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. Initially, nine countries placed...

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1978 FIFA World Cup qualification Essay

A total of 107 teams entered the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Argentina, as the hosts, and West Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

The 16 spots available in the 1978 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:

Europe (UEFA): 9.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Germany, while the other 8.5 places were contested by 31 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL). South America (CONMEBOL): 3.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Argentina, while the other 2.5 places were contested by 9 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA). North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 1 place, contested by 17 teams....
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The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion (and, for some nations, one or more runners-up) of each UEFA national association. The final of the 2012–13 tournament was the most watched UEFA Champions League final to date, as well as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide in 2013, drawing 360 million television viewers.[1]

Introduced in 1992, the competition replaced the European Champion Clubs' Cup, or simply European Cup, which had run since 1955, adding a group stage to the competition and allowing multiple entrants from certain countries.[2] The pre-1992 competition was initially a straight knockout tournament open only to the champion club of each country. During...

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Big Red and Ruby Roo show me the sights

After the short flight from Brisbane to Adelaide it was straight back into action for this bird, I hung out with the amazing Liverpool FC Foundation coaches and joined in their coaching sessions. First we went to the Reagan Milstein Foundation and then The Smith Family Foundation soccer clinic. We were all surprised with a special visit from Sakho and Moreno, it was so much fun.

It was then time to meet a new very special friend, Trigger the Tiger who is the official mascot for the Epilepsy Centre and I got to tell him all about our trip so far. We both joined 160 new school friends as we entertained them at their assembly, teaching them all about the LFC Family, they want to visit us at Anfield one day!

Straight after assembly we popped over to the Royal Society for the Blind with LFC Legends Ian Rush and Craig Johnston to teach a soccer session together.

Our 3rd match of the Tour was against Adelaide United at...

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visionary top companies in South Africa and government departments seek to partner with empowered, high performance companies. These partnerships result in an exchange of only the best products and services, most competitive prices and highest levels of service efficiency. Such relationships raise the corporate performance bar higher and uplift the economy as a whole, but they begin here: in the pages of South Africa’s Top Performing Companies. The Top Performing Companies research team spends a full year ensuring that only genuine corporate leaders are profiled, based on a comprehensive survey across thousands of top companies. This sets the benchmark for measuring actual corporate...

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Namibia Newspaper Cup

Winners Final

Khomas 1 Karas 0

Mike Sinvula 48m

Losers Section Final

Ohangwena 3(4) Hardap 3(3)

Brave Warriors 6 Shadow Team 1 (Halftime: 2-1)

Brave Warriors: Jordan Haimbili (2), Stanley Kamesiepo, Ronald Ketjijere, Pinias Jacob and Johannes Seibeb.

Shadow Team: Paulinus Angula.

Winners section semifinals

Omusati 0 Khomas 4

Erongo 1 Karas 3

Losers Section semifinals

Ohangwena 2 Oshana 1

Hardap 2 Kunene 1

Brave Warriors beat Shadow Team 6-1 Submitted by Helge Schutz, 24/04/2011

The Brave Warriors beat a Shadow Team 6-1 at the Namibia Newspaper Cup tournament in Gobabis on Sunday evening.

The Brave Warriors took an early 2-0 lead through goals by Stanley Kamesiepo and Ronald Ketjijere, before Paulinus Angula opened the Shadow Team’s account midway through the first half. The Shadow Team clearly tired after the break as the Brave Warriors’...

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