Spain misses out as Federation Internationale de Football Association confirms 2018 World Cup seeds

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The two-legged ties will determine the four sides who will join Europe's nine group winners - France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland - at Russian Federation 2018. Russian Federation goes into the top pot, followed by the top seven-ranked teams, and the remaining 24 teams are spread into the three subsequent pots in order.

Eleventh placed Switzerland is the highest ranked nation in the European play-offs, with Italy (15), Croatia (18) and Denmark (19) closely behind.

How will the draw work?

The Indian football team rose two spots to 105th position in the FIFA rankings released on Monday.

What are Northern Ireland and the Republic's play-off records? Northern Ireland are new to the play-offs, having qualified automatically for last year's European Championships. Northern Ireland, Sweden and Republic of Ireland will look to change that by winning their playoffs, while Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran, DR Congo, Australia, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan could all land here, too.

Italy. The Azzurri are only in the play-offs because they had the misfortune of being in the same qualifying group as Spain.

When will the matches be played?

The first legs will take place between November 9 and 11, with the return matches scheduled from November 12 to 14.

When and where does the draw take place?

New Zealand have qualified for the World Cup twice, in 1982 and in 2010, while Peru have made four World Cup Finals, most recently in 1982. In the event of the teams being level on aggregate, the away goals rule will come into play. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time, the tie will go to penalties.

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