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Following last night's loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the final night of CONCACAF qualifying, the United States Men's National Team will be left out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, around 70% of the applications came from the host nation, Russia.

At an event in New York City two weeks, Fox Sports said the 2018 World Cup would be "the largest production in the network's 24-year history" committing to 350 hours of World Cup programming. This can be calculated early to see which nations will appear in which pot.

Belgium qualified as Group H winners, England as Group F winners, Germany as Group C, Iceland secured their berth as Group I leaders, Poland topped Group E, Russian Federation received automatic qualification as hosts, Serbia were Group D winners, 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain topped Group G, 2016 Euro Finalist and hosts France were winners of Group A and Portugal spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo were Group B winners. December 1. The pots are provisional as there are six teams yet to be decided by playoffs, and three African finalists to be confirmed.

FIFA has revealed that football fans have already requested for 3,496,204 2018 World Cup tickets. In the current and final stage of the qualifiers, there are 5 groups, with the group victor advancing to the World Cup. This group includes 4-time World champions and two other sides that have lifted the Euro trophy. In Group C, it comes down to Morocco and the Ivory Coast.

Tunisia are in the driving seat in Group A with a thee point cushion with one game remaining, but there remains an outside chance, albeit an unlikely one, they could be caught by DR Congo. Slovakia got the short end of the stick by ranking last among the second-place teams in the qualifying groups. While Senegal will be in pot 3, if Burkina Faso, Cape Verde or South Africa win that qualifying group they are certain to be pot 4.

Two-legged intercontinental playoffs next month between countries from four different confederations will determine the identity of two further qualifiers. Honduras, finishing 4th in the North American qualifiers, will play Australia twice, with the Aussies coming out of the Asian qualifiers victorious against Syria in the 3rd place playoff. Peru haven't been to the World Cup since 1982.

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