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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

EUROPE: 13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018...

 By John Duerden

Dreams of Russia over, Constantine plots India's long-term rise

With the dream of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup over, national coach Stephen Constantine is focusing on long-term improvement.

For India, dreams of the 2018 World Cup are already over. Finishing first in the group of five is the only way to guarantee a place in the final round of qualification.

Therefore, losing the first two of eight games -- even before playing top-seeded Iran -- means it is not going to happen. But then, Russia was always a dream.

Stephen Constantine knew this even before he returned to India in January to take charge of the nation for a second time, 12 years after his first stint ended.

The new regime...

Rival factions choose 2 venues for Pakistan elections

The AFC have been asked to monitor Pakistan football elections.

ISLAMABAD -- The battle for power in Pakistan football is expected to get more complicated as voters could split at two different venues next Tuesday to elect a president of the Pakistan Football Federation.

Acting PFF secretary Farasat Ali Shah claims that at least 14 of the 26 voters will turn up at Lahore -- which will be enough to legitimize the PFF elections.

During an extraordinary general council...

 By Jason Dasey

Why ex-JDT head coach Bojan Hodak could be Malaysia's national saviour

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Bojan Hodak assess what is going wrong with the Malaysia national team at the moment.

Given that the national team have now hit rock bottom, the time is right for Malaysian football to bring in its first foreign coach in a decade.

And the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) doesn't have to go far to find the perfect international candidate -- he's already living in the southern state of Johor.

Croatian Bojan Hodak, who has been twiddling his thumbs since being rested by reigning Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) two months ago, could be the man to turn...