Road to Russia: If the 2018 World Cup began today, here are the 32 teams in

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been underway since March of 2015. As we move closer to the start of the tournament, we're reaching the final stretch of qualifiers before learning all 32 participants. As of June 12, there are three teams that have punched tickets to the World Cup: Russia (host), Brazil, and Iran.

If the World Cup began today, here are the teams that would be in:

Host

Russia: Qualified as the host of the tournament.


Africa

CAF qualifying berths: 5. The final round of CAF qualifiers started back in October of 2016 and end November of 2017. Here are the group winners currently in the qualification zone:    

DR Congo: Group A leaders with 6 points (goal differential tiebreaker over Tunisia). 
Nigeria: Group B leaders with 6 points. 
Ivory Coast: Group C leaders with 4 points. 
Burkina Faso: Group D leaders with 4 points (goal differential tiebreaker over South Africa). 
Egypt: Group E leaders with 6 points.


Asia

AFC qualifying berths: 4.5. The final round of AFC qualifiers started back in September of 2016 and end September of 2017. Here are the top four teams (two group leaders and two runners-up) in the stage currently in the qualification zone:  

Iran: Clinched Group A on June 12 with a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan. 
Japan: Group B leaders with 17 points.
South Korea: Second in Group A with 13 points.
Saudi Arabia: Second in Group B with 16 points (goal differential tiebreaker over Australia).


Europe

UEFA qualifying berths: 14. The qualifiers started back in September of 2016 and end November of 2017. Here are the group winners currently in the qualification zone:  

Sweden: Group A leaders with 13 points (goal differential tiebreaker over France). 
Switzerland: Group B leaders with 18 points. 
Germany: Group C leaders with 18 points. 
Serbia: Group D leaders with 12 points (goal differential tiebreaker over Ireland). 
Poland: Group E leaders with 16 points.
England: Group F leaders with 14 points.
Spain: Group G leaders with 16 points (goal differential tiebreaker over Italy). 
Belgium: Group H leaders with 16 points. 
Croatia: Group I leaders with 13 points (goal differential tiebreaker over Iceland). 

The eight best runner-ups will be paired into four matchups and play a two-legged playoff. Here are the current eight best runner-ups: 

Italy: Second in Group G with 10 points. 
Northern Ireland: Second in Group C with 10 points. 
France: Second in Group A with 10 points. 
Iceland: Second in Group I with 10 points. 
Portugal: Second in Group B with 9 points. 
Slovakia: Second in Group F with 9 points. 
Greece: Second in Group H with 9 points.
Ireland: Second in Group D with 9 points.


North, Central America, Caribbean 

CONCACAF qualifying berths: 3.5. The final round of CONCACAF qualifiers started back in November of 2016 and end October of 2017. Here are the top three teams in the Hexagonal group stage currently in the qualification zone:  

Mexico: Hex group leaders with 14 points.
Costa Rica: Second in group with 11 points (goal differential tiebreaker over USA).
United States: Third in group with 8 points.


South America

CONMEBOL qualifying berths: 4.5. South American qualifiers started back in October of 2015 and end October of 2017. Here are the top three four teams in the group stage currently in the qualification zone:  

Brazil: Clinched group on March 28 with a 3-0 win over Paraguay. 
Colombia: Second in group with 24 points.
Uruguay: Third in group with 23 points (goal differential tiebreaker over Chile).
Chile: Fourth in group with 23 points.


Inter-confederation playoffs 

Winner of Uzbekistan or Australia vs. Panama (CONCACAF fourth place)
Oceania winner of New Zealand or Solomon Islands vs. Argentina (CONMEBOL fifth place)

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