ZURICH, October 6, 2017 - The European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ resumed yesterday, with England and Germany joining Belgium in booking their spots in Russia next year. While by Tuesday all other six European teams qualifying directly as group winners will be known, the eight best runners-up will play off for the four remaining coveted places in mid-November. Accreditation for the play-off draw that will unveil those thrilling clashes is now open on the FIFA Media Channel until Friday, 13 October.
Representatives of the teams that qualify for the play-offs will be invited to attend the draw and a mixed zone will be organised immediately after the event.
Broadcasters wishing to obtain the international feed or book services on-site should contact FIFABroadcasterServicing@fifa.org.
The eight best runners-up after Round 1 will be decided by ranking criteria as stated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Regulations, namely points, goal difference, goals scored and disciplinary ranking, with the results against teams ranked 6th not being taken into account. The eight teams will be paired into four home-and-away ties.
The play-off ties will be decided by aggregate score over two legs, though, in the event of a draw, the team that scores more away goals will qualify. If the winner is still not decided at the end of normal time in the second leg, the match will go to extra time with two periods of 15 minutes and the away goals rule still applied. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time, the tie will go to penalties, as described in the Laws of the Game.
The eight teams will be seeded in two pots with the four highest-ranked teams placed in one pot. The ranking will be based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published on 16 October.
One team will be drawn from Pot 1 and the other will be drawn from Pot 2, with the two balls then placed into a third pot. These two balls will be stirred again and drawn one by one. The first ball drawn will be the home team for the first leg. The same process will be repeated for the remaining balls in each pot.