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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

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...