The 32 Qualified Teams And The Final Pots

Following Peru’s qualification, all 32 teams are now officially qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and as such, the pots that will determine the groups can now be presented in full.

 

 

The official draw for the group stage will take place in Moscow on December 1, and Australia will go directly into pot four because they occupy a position in the FIFA rankings that is lower than every single member of pot three.

 

 

Serbia, Nigeria, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea and Saudi Arabia make up the rest of pot four.

 

 

Peru will be placed in pot two courtesy of their ranking of 10th in the official FIFA standings, a higher rank than all of the teams in pot three and four.

 

 

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

 

 

Therefore England and Germany could be drawn in a group together, for example, but Argentina could not play any of Colombia, Uruguay or Peru.

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