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2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu May 28, 2015 8:29 am

Believe it or not, 2018 World Cup qualification is already underway in the very early stages in North America and Asia. Both confederations have a series of levels of qualification before reaching the final, critical group stage. Both are also at their second level of qualification, which will ramp up in June.

Nothing terribly newsworthy here, except that in CONCACAF, there is a slightly different format. They have added a playoff round, so there will be 3 rounds of two-leg elimination pairings, followed by a group stage that will determine the Hex. 20 lower ranked teams are set to play down to 10 in June. Notables that will begin their qualification push in June are Canada, Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba. Haiti and Jamaica will enter at the third qualification round which will be played late August-early September, with the pairing draw in late July after teams have the had the opportunity to bolster their ranking through the Gold Cup.


CONCACAF Second Round Pairings (played June 7-16)
Saint Vincent and Grenadines vs. Guyana
Antigua and Barbuda vs. Saint Lucia
Puerto Rico vs. Grenada
Dominica vs. Canada
Dominican Republic vs. Belize
Guatemala vs. Bermuda
Aruba vs. Barbados
Saint Kitts and Nevis vs. El Salvador
Curacao vs. Cuba
Nicaragua vs. Suriname
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sat May 30, 2015 2:38 pm

FIFA announced today that bid allocation will be unchanged for 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which will remain:

13-UEFA (Europe)
5-CAF (Africa)
4.5-AFC (Asia)
4.5-CONMEBOL (South America)
3.5-CONCACAF (North and Central America, Caribbean)
1-Host
.5-OFC (Oceania)

So, Europe will have 14 participants in Russia, and Asia could have as many as 6 entrants in Qatar.

FIFA also announced the indefinite suspension of Indonesia, who will be allowed to continue to participate in AFC events. Since World Cup qualification is tied to 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, they are likely to honor their full WC Qualification competitive schedule.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:53 am

CONCACAF Second Round 1st Leg results from Thursday

St. VIncent & Grenadines 2:2 Guyana
Antigua & Barbuda 1:3 Saint Lucia
Dominica 0:2 Canada
Dominican Republic 1:2 Belize
Aruba 0:2 Barbados
St. Kitts & Nevis 2:2 El Salvador
Curacao 0:0 Cuba
Nicaragua 1:0 Suriname


Puerto Rico-Grenada and Guatemala-Bermuda 1st legs are played today.


Euro qualification this weekend will have seeding implications for World Cup qualifying draws, with Italy needing a win to secure a seeded draw (although they were not seeded for the 2014 cycle), and Wales who hosts Belgium today could secure a seed if they can manage the upset.
http://www.espnfc.us/world-cup-qualifyi ... fying-draw
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:09 am

Cuba, who entered qualification as the 10th best side in CONCACAF, was surprisingly eliminated by Curacao on the away goals rule. Curacao entered as the 6th weakest side.

St. Lucia experienced heartbreak, after a first leg 3-1 win against Antigua and Barbuda, went shorthanded in the 32nd minute in the second leg. Antigua scored to make it 3-2 aggregate, but St. Lucia answered with a penalty in the 82nd minute to make it 4:2, but then Antigua got goals at 85' and two more in stoppage time to win the leg 4:1 and advance 5:4 on aggregate. St. Lucia's stadium was deemed unsuitable (with temporary metal stands to protect fans from a dilapidated roof, and both legs were played in Antigua.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines advanced on away goals to advance from a 6:6 aggregate against Guyana.

Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Curacao, and Barbados all advanced to the next round.

5 more teams will be determined today and tomorrow, but only one today when Guatemala visits Bermuda after being held to a scoreless draw at home.

It would be mildly surprising if all of Cuba, Guatemala and El Salvador (held to a 2:2 draw, but buoyed with 2 away goals heading home) were absent from the next round, or even 2 of the 3.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:27 pm

Guatemala wins 1:0 in Bermuda to advance to the next round.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:05 pm

I'm just going to post this here...Chile and Mexico in Copa America in Chile has been ridiculous! Twice El Tri had the lead at 1:0 and 2:1, Chile answers both times and takes a 3:2 lead, squanders the opportunity to make it 4:2. Mexico answers. So it's 3-all at 70'
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:45 am

SI photo gallery/One year ago today, the US defeated Ghana to open the 2014 World Cup:
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by metamoron » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:46 pm

squirrel wrote:Guatemala wins 1:0 in Bermuda to advance to the next round.
?#>$?% I had Guatemala minus 1.5

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:12 pm

Nicaragua win 3:1 today in Suriname to advance 4:1 on aggregate. Puerto Rico conceded an early own goal that equalized the aggregate 1:1, and Grenada took advantage of the new life and won 2:0 in regular time, to advance 2:1 on aggregate.

So, 2 teams are yet to be decided for the next round tonight, with Canada-Dominica (Canada returns home with 2:0 aggregate advantage) and El Salvador bringing a 2:2 aggregate home with 2 away goals against St. Kitts & Nevis.

The teams advancing from tonight will join (in FIFA rank order from August 2014, which applies for first four CONCACAF rounds) in the Third Qualifying Round:

Jamaica (Enter this round)
Haiti (Enter this round)

Guatemala
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Grenada
Antigua & Barbuda
Belize
Barbados
Nicaragua
Curacao

The 12 teams will be drawn into 6 two-leg pairings to be contested beginning August 31 and during the first week of September.

The 6 winners from that round advance to the 12 team group stage, joining USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago, the draw for which will take place on July 25 (the same time as the 3rd Round pairings, so the advancing teams groups will be pre-determined).



Asia had a busy week of matches, the highlights of which are (This is a 5-team double round-robin group stage that will run through March 2016):

*North Korea appears set to avoid their 2014 qualification fate, which saw them be the first 2010 WC participant officially eliminated (at a ridiculously early stage). They won both of their matches, including 4-2 today over solid Uzbekistan to lead their group and maintain a comfortable position. I don't know if some of Uzbekistan's players were playing in other major international tournaments, but I presume at least some were.

*Guam won both of their matches to take over first in their qualification group. They made some national news today as one of the smallest population nations defeating one of the most populous nations (India). While they do appear to be a legitimately competent squad, their matches came against the two lightweights in the group, India and Turkmenistan, and also features Iran (participant in 2 of last 3 World Cups) and Oman, who has made it to the final stage of AFC qualification in each of the last two cycles, just being edged out by Bahrain for the AFC bid in the inter-confederation playoff against New Zealand in 2010.

*Turkmenistan did hold Iran to a draw, which was another surprise in AFC.

*AFC subsequently also disqualified Indonesia for qualification and all remaining matches were cancelled.

*Singapore held Japan to a scoreless draw today and lead their group.

*The Phillipines secured 6 points with wins against Bahrain and Yemen, but sit second one goal scored shy of North Korea.

*Australia struggled against Kyrgyzstan but managed to win 2:1, but presently sit 3rd behind Jordan and Kyrgyzstan.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:07 pm

Canada wins 4:0 and advances 6:0 on aggregate over Dominica.

El Salvador was leading 1:0 at half which puts them up 3:2 on aggregate with 2-0 away goal advantage.

Aguero had a ridiculous diving header for Argentina to lead Uruguay in Copa America.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:19 am

El Salvador pulled away to a 4:1 win to advance 6:3 on aggregate.

The draw for the next round in CONCACAF and the subsequent group stage will take place July 25, during the Gold Cup championship weekend.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:00 am

2015 Copa America Knockout Stage (in bracket order):

Chile (hosts) vs. Uruguay
Bolivia vs. Peru

Argentina vs. Colombia
Brazil vs. Paraguay
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:23 am

In the Copa America, hosts Chile edged Uruguay 1:0 in the first quarterfinal. Each of the quarterfinals are played on consecutive nights, continuing with Bolivia-Peru tonight.

The 4 European entrants to the 2016 Olympics tournament in Rio have been determined, with Germany, Denmark, Portugal and Sweden all advanced as the semifinalists from the UEFA U-21 Championship, which continues with the semfinal matchups this weekend, and Final on Tuesday. They join host Brazil (automatic bid) and Argentina who secured qualification in February.

The North American qualification tournament will take place in October. CONCACAF gets 2 bids, but the third place finisher (yes, there is a third place game to determine the entrant) will also have the opportunity to qualify via a one-match playoff in Brazil against Colombia in March 2016 for the final Olympic spot.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:44 am

Peru beat Bolivia 3-1 in the second quarterfinal, and will play Chile in the semis on Monday.

Argentina and Colombia went to penalties after 120 scoreless minutes, with penalties going to the 7th kicker with Carlos Tevez converting the winner to advance 5-4 on PKs.

Argentina will face the winner of Brazil-Paraguay, the last quarterfinal which is contested today.

Sergio Aguero had a brilliant group stage, but injured his shoulder. His status for the remainder of the tournament is unclear. Neymar is unavailable for Brazil following his second yellow card against Colombia that was later ruled a straight red with malicious intent, and issued a 4-match ban.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:45 pm

Paraguay beat Brazil 4:3 on penalties (1:1 a.e.t.) and will face Argentina in the semis.

The winner of this year's Copa will qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup. Paraguay lost to Uruguay in the 2011 Final. It is Peru's 2nd straight semifinal appearance, claiming 3rd in 2011. Peru has not qualified for a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:26 am

Chile won the Copa America on penalties over Argentina 4:1. Messi converted the opening PK for Argentina, but Higuain and Banega missed the 2nd and 3rd kicks, while Chile converted their first 4.

At the international level, Messi remains without a major title. He has appeared with Argentina in the 2007 and 2015 Copa America Finals (they were eliminated by eventual champion Uruguay in the 2011 quarterfinals) and 2014 World Cup Finals, but in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, they were eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinals both times. So, if the Centenario indeed takes place next year, there's your major storyline.

Peru won their second consecutive 3rd place finish, with a 2:0 victory over Paraguay.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:51 am

Argentina are the new world #1 in the new FIFA ranking released today, despite not securing the Copa America title, but enjoying help from the US who defeated both Germany and the Netherlands last month.

England re-enters the top 10, sliding into 9th, while Wales who has been outstanding in Euro qualification sits 10th and has secured a seed for World Cup qualification.

Among the surprises are Romania at 8th and Costa Rica dropping 27 spots, to 41st.

Chile, Copa America winners bump up 8 spots to 11th.

As this ranking is one year removed from the 2014 World Cup, all the points earned in the event are devalued by 50%.

1. Argentina
2. Germany
3. Belgium
4. Colombia
5. Netherlands
6. Brazil
7. Portugal
8. Romania
9. England
10. Wales

11. Chile
12. Spain
13. Uruguay
14. Croatia
T15. Slovakia; Austria

17. Italy
22. France

33. Sweden
34. USA
25. Ecuador

40. Mexico
41. Costa Rica
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:28 am

UEFA announced yesterday that they will assure the most profitable and stronger national teams will be in 6-team groups for qualification.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:05 am

There will be several qualifying draws held in Russia on Saturday, including for the next 2 rounds of CONCACAF qualifying, where the US will learn its group, except for the TBP playoff winners (although which winners go where will be known), Europe, South America (for the first time schedules are not arranged amongst membership), Africa, and OFC which will be the draw for the 2016 Nations Cup, which serves as the Oceania zone's second round of qualification as well as its 2017 Confederations Cup entrant.

In Africa, the draw for the next 3 stages will take place, including the final group stage. They will have 2 levels of playoffs, with the 26 lowest-ranked entrants playing down to 13, and then all 40 remaining entrants (which includes even the highest ranked national teams such as the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Algeria) will play down to 20; those 20 teams will be drawn into 5 groups of 4 teams. Tunisia and Senegal are in the top 5 seeds along with Algeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast. So Cameroon, who has been to 2 straight World Cups and 6 of the last 7 and Nigeria, who has also been to 2 straight World Cups and 5 of the last 6, could face a group that features another World Cup regular.


Some interesting historic qualification statistics compiled by FIFA:
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=201 ... 65218.html
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:38 am

Coverage of the qualifying draw will start at 9:55 AM CT on Fox Sports 1.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:11 am

It's nice to see Sepp take a risk of appearing in public in a foreign country. You never know if the authori---

oh wait they're in Russia :lol: Hi Putin
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:25 am

Why even play a South America/New Zealand playoff :lol:
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:26 am

Intercontinental playoffs will be:

CONCACAF vs. AFC
OFC vs. CONMEBOL

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:57 am

And now the draw for CONCACAF...

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:09 am

U.S. will be in a group with Trinidad & Tobago, winner of St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba, and winner of Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala when they enter CONCACAF qualifying later this year.

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