Russia 2018 9 Slots To Go! Comprehensive Lists of Qualified, Eligible and Eliminated Teams


The World Cup 2018 will be competed for by a total of 32 team. So far, 23 countries are already assured of their places in the tournament coming up in Russia next year, leaving 9 slots still open to be fought for by 20 outstanding eligible teams.

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World Cup 2018 Qualified Teams

A total of 23 national teams across the globe have already secured tickets to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

…and the lucky teams are:

  1. Iran
  2. Japan
  3. Mexico
  4. Belgium
  5. South Korea
  6. Saudi Arabia
  7. Germany
  8. England
  9. Spain
  10. Nigeria
  11. Costa Rica
  12. Poland
  13. Egypt
  14. Iceland
  15. Serbia
  16. Portugal
  17. France
  18. Uruguay
  19. Argentina
  20. Colombia
  21. Panama
  • Panama grabbed their first ever World Cup qualification with a controversial goal in a 2-1 win against Costa Rica; a feat that saw the country’s president Juan Carlos Valera immediately declare Wednesday, October 11, the day following the match a public holiday!
  • Only Egypt and Nigeria qualified in the African Continent.

Eligible To Qualify Teams

A total of 20 national teams still have opportunity to make it to the 2018 tournament. These teams who were runners up in their various groups will participate in play-off between 6-14th November, 2017, to claim the remaining nine places.

…and the hopeful teams are:



  1. Tunisia
  2. DR Congo
  3. Libya
  4. Morrocco
  5. Ivory Coast
  6. Senegal
  7. South Africa
  8. Cape verde
  9. Australia
  10. Honduras
  11. New Zealand
  12. Peru
  13. Sweden
  14. Switzerland
  15. Northern Ireland
  16. Ireland
  17. Denmark
  18. Italy
  19. Greece
  20. Croatia

Already Eliminated Teams

67 countries didn’t make it to World Cup 2018!

…and the unlucky countries are:

  1. Syria
  2. Belarus
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Holland
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Andorra
  7. Faroe Islands
  8. Hungary
  9. Latvia
  10. Azerbaijan
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Norway
  13. San Marino
  14. Austria
  15. Georgia
  16. Moldova
  17. Wales
  18. Armenia
  19. Kazakhstan
  20. Montenegro
  21. Romania
  22. Lithuania
  23. Malta
  24. Scotland
  25. Slovakia
  26. Slovenia
  27. Albania
  28. Israel
  29. Liechtenstein
  30. Macedonia
  31. Bosnia-Herzegovina
  32. Cyprus
  33. Estonia
  34. Gibraltar
  35. Finland
  36. Kosovo
  37. Turkey
  38. Ukraine
  39. Libya
  40. Guinea
  41. Algeria
  42. Cameroon
  43. Zambia
  44. Gabon
  45. Mali
  46. Congo
  47. Ghana
  48. Uganda
  49. China
  50. Qatar
  51. Syria
  52. Uzbekistan
  53. UAE
  54. Iraq
  55. Thailand
  56. Trinidad and Tobago
  57. USA
  58. New Caledonia
  59. Fiji
  60. Solomon Islands
  61. Tahiti
  62. Papua New Guinea
  63. Bolivia
  64. Chile
  65. Ecuador
  66. Paraguay
  67. Venezuela
  • United States failed to qualify for World Cup for the first time since 1986 after losing to Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Bhutan, South Sudan, Gibraltar and Kosovo made their FIFA World Cup qualification debuts.

Expelled Teams

Although all the 210 FIFA members, for the first time in history, registered for the preliminary stage of the World Cup 2018 tournament, not all of them succeeded in participating in the competition.

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Three countries, namely Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Kuwait were stopped from competing for varying reasons.

  • Zimbabwe was expelled from the competition on 12 March 2015 for their failure to pay former coach José Claudinei a severance fee.
  • Indonesia was disqualified following the suspension of their football association by FIFA on 30 May 2015.
  • Kuwait on the other hand, had a number of their qualifiers cancelled for a similar suspension that began while their campaign was underway, which eventually resulted in their elimination.