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Road to Russia 2018

December, 2015.- Russia World Cup 2018 will be the XXI world cup installment of the competition, and it might seem too far ahead in the future right now but the qualifying road to this coveted event is well under way in the world and here in our own hemisphere.  The first leg of matches in the CONCACAF region for the fourth round of qualifications began on November 17, 2015 while CONMEBOL in the South American region began their first round on October 8, 2015. Both regions will resume games in their qualifying rounds on March 2016.

The CONCACAF region is allowed 3.5 slots to the world cup, which translates to 3 direct and 1 through the inter confederation playoff slot that will determine the final 2 qualification spots for the world cup.  The first 3 rounds in this region are considered the knockout rounds where all the 35 member countries of the North, Central American and Caribbean participate. The fourth round is composed of the 12 remaining countries divided into 3 groups of 4 teams playing for the fifth and final round of qualifications. The top 2 teams of each group advance to the final round in a round robin which will determine the top 3 teams that will qualify for Russia 2018, with the fourth team having to go look for a pass through the inter confederations playoff. 


The South American region too is very much in full mode for world cup qualifying matches which too will resume on March 2016 running through to October 2017. The South American region holds its qualification as a round-robin first round matches between its 10 nation members. CONMEBOL is slotted with 4.5 slots to the World cup, 4 going straight through and the 5th looking for a pass through by going to the inter confederation playoff.  As of the last matches played below are the current standings for CONMEBOL.



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