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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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...

FIFA opens proceedings over Taylor tackle on Seamus Coleman - report

Chris Coleman passes along well wishes to Seamus Coleman, and says Neil Taylor feels terrible about the challenge.

FIFA has opened proceedings against Neil Taylor following the Wales player's challenge on Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman, Press Association Sport has reported.

Everton's Coleman needed surgery on a broken tibia and fibula after he was injured in the 69th minute of Friday's World Cup qualifying match in Dublin, which finished in a goalless draw.

Coleman faces months on the sidelines and Taylor, who will definitely miss Wales' next qualifier away to Serbia in June, faces the prospect...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Video Assistant Referees: Football can learn from rugby, cricket, tennis, NFL

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the notion that VAR delays will become a nuisance during matches.
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the notion that VAR delays will become a nuisance during matches.

Football may be the biggest game across the world, but it has taken its time in catching up with other sports when it comes to adopting video technology.

But the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system -- which debuted at the top level back in December in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal between Atletico Nacional and Kashima Antlers -- was implemented in another high-profile match on Tuesday during Spain's 2-0 friendly win in France.

While the introduction of VAR has been broadly welcomed across the...