Soccer World Cup

French football players lost the victory lap with the World Cup at their home stadium
TASS, 10 September. The ceremony to celebrate France’s 2018 World Cup victory took place at the Saint-Denis stadium after the Nations League match against the Netherlands. It is reported by L’Equipe.

On Sunday, the French beat the Dutch 2-1 at the Stade de France to an estimated 80,000 spectators. After the end of the meeting, the players, to the applause of the fans, went out onto the field one at a time, and then the lap of honor with the World Cup disappeared.

The French team in the final of the World Cup in Luzhniki defeated the Croatian team with a score of 4:2. The World Championship takes place at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15.


32 national teams from 5 and possibly 6 confederations qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The winner of the Oceania zone qualifier will still have to play play-offs with the 5th team of South America (CONCACAF) for the right to qualify for the final.

From Europe to the 2018 World Cup, Russia is qualified as the host of the tournament, as well as 9 winners of the qualifying groups and another 4 teams that finished second and won the playoff matches. The team with the worst performance among the runners-up in the European Qualifier groups will not be able to take part in the play-offs and will definitely not qualify for the World Cup. When calculating the performance of 2 teams in each group, matches with teams that finished in last place will not be taken into account.

The distribution of places in the qualification is affected by the number of points.

If this indicator is equal, then they first consider the difference between goals scored and conceded, then the number of goals scored, and only then they take into account the results in personal meetings. If literally all indicators are equal, the fair play rule comes into force: the team that has fewer yellow and red cards becomes the winner.

South America will send 4 first teams to the 2018 World Cup, and the fifth will play play-offs against the winner of the qualifier in Oceania.

Asia receives 4 direct tickets to the World Cup 2018 (2 teams each from 2 groups of the 3rd round of selection). The third teams of both groups (Australia and Syria) compete for the right to advance to another, decisive round of the playoffs. For a ticket to the 2018 World Cup, the winner of the Asian zone play-offs will compete in two matches with a representative from CONCACAF (North and Central America).

5 rounds are played in the 2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualification zone.

At the last stage of the qualification, the 6 best teams from North and Central America compete for 3 direct trips to the Mundial. The fourth team will play the winner of the Asian zone play-offs.

Africa hosts 3 rounds of World Cup selection. In the decisive team are divided into 5 groups. Only the winners of each quartet qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

At the 2018 World Championship in Russia, 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 4 teams. The top 2 teams advance to the 1/8 finals, after which the teams advance through the cup system with one match in each round of the playoffs.