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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

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.

  

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

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

Russia...

Oceania confederation backs U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid

Herculez Gomez delves into the 2026 World Cup hopes of the United States after Bruce Arena's recent comments.

The United States, Canada and Mexico bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup is supported by the OFC, the 11-nation Oceania football confederation.

Oceania says it also agrees the bid should have "an exclusive period of negotiation" with FIFA for the next year.

The 211 FIFA member federations can decide on May 11 to give the North American neighbours a March 2018 deadline without rivals to show their bid is technically sound.

The bid launched this month is currently FIFA's only realistic option for the...

Papua New Guinea stun Tahiti to keep World Cup dream alive

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Papua New Guinea are in control of their own destiny in Oceania World Cup qualifying after winning 2-1 in Tahiti.

Patrick Aisa headed PNG into the lead just after the hour, and 12 minutes later he set up Raymond Gunemba for the second.

Tauhiti Keck scored a consolation for Tahiti in injury time but their hopes of booking a meeting with Group A winners New Zealand in the final Oceania playoff look slim.

Tahiti lead Group B on six points, ahead of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands on...

Ryan Thomas brace sends New Zealand through

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New Zealand advanced to the final stage of World Cup qualifying in the Oceania region by beating Fiji 2-0 Tuesday.

Ryan Thomas scored both goals in the Group A match, the first in the 27th minute and the other in the 68th.

The win leaves New Zealand nine points clear at the top, with New Caledonia and Fiji only having two matches left to play.

New Zealand will face either Tahiti, Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands in the final qualifying round in September. The winners will then meet the fifth-place...

New Zealand on brink of World Cup playoffs after Fiji win

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New Zealand need just a point from their final group game against Fiji to book their place in the Oceania World Cup qualifying playoff.

After picking up four points from their games with Solomon Islands in November, the All Whites knew that the same return from this week's double-header against Fiji would give them an unassailable lead at the top of Group A.

A 2-0 away win in Lautoka on Saturday now means they will be through with a draw in the return fixture in Wellington on Tuesday.

Chris Wood...