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2014 World Cup Qualifying Results: Tracking Every Country Earning Bid to Brazil

SAITAMA, JAPAN - JUNE 04:  Alberto Zaccheroni Head Coach of Japan is soaked by players after the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Japan and Australia at Saitama Stadium on June 4, 2013 in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2013

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is just over a year away, but there is still plenty of work to do for the teams that are hoping to qualify. Only 32 spots are up for grabs in the prestigious tournament, so the matches are becoming more important with each passing week and month.

The United States punched its ticket to Brazil with two qualifying matches to spare after beating Mexico in convincing fashion in Columbus and getting some help from Honduras and Panama, who played to a draw, per NBC Sports on Twitter:

Japan became the first team to get the ball rolling as it qualified for the 2014 World Cup by playing Australia to a 1-1 draw, according to ESPN FC.

Qualifying first has become a quadrennial occurrence for Japan as it turned the trick in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, according to SuperSport Blitz.

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reveals that Belgium also qualified for the World Cup:


As qualifying is dying down, a spate of countries have booked their plane tickets to Brazil. Fourteen spots have been secured, with another 18 up for grabs.

Here is a full listing of teams that have qualified for the 2014 World Cup thus far:

 

While Japan has broken the seal, the surface has only been scratched when it comes to World Cup qualifying. Teams from across the world will continue to battle until the field is finally determined.

Here are the current standings in every qualifying region as well as the official qualifying rules and important dates to keep track of. Check back here for regular updates on which teams have been eliminated, which have qualified and where every competing country stands during their quest to Brazil in 2014.

 

Africa

Third Round Standings

Final Playoff

Team 1
Aggregate ScoreTeam 2
Burkina FasoOct. 12/Nov. 19Algeria
Ivory CoastOct. 12/Nov. 16Senegal
EthiopiaOct. 13/Nov. 16Nigeria
TunisiaOct. 13/Nov. 17Cameroon
GhanaOct. 15/Nov. 19Egypt

 

Qualification Rules

The winner of each of the 10 groups will advance to the final round of qualification, which will feature five home-and-away matchups. The winner of each tie automatically qualifies for the 2014 World Cup, while the loser is eliminated without any hope of a playoff.

 

Important Dates

Last Day of Group Play: Sept. 6, 2013

African Playoffs: Oct. 11 and 15, 2013 through Nov. 15 and 19, 2013

 

*Information courtesy of FIFA.com/WorldCup

 

Asia

Group Standings

Group A

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Iran816
South Korea814
Uzbekistan814
Qatar87
Lebanon85

 

Group B

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Japan817
Australia813
Jordan810
Oman89
Iraq85

Qualification Rules

The top two finishers in each group automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The third-place finisher in each group will face each other in a home-and-away series. Whichever team prevails will face the fifth-place finisher from South American in a home-and-away series. The winner of that series then qualifies for the World Cup.

 

Important Dates

Last Day of Group Play: June 18, 2013

Asian Playoffs: Between Sept. 6 and 10, 2013

Intercontinental Playoffs: Nov. 15 and 19, 2013

 

*Information courtesy of FIFA.com/WorldCup

 

Europe

Group Standings

 

Group A

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Belgium925
Croatia917
Serbia911
Wales99
Scotland98
FYR Macedonia97

Group B

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Italy921
Bulgaria913
Denmark913
Czech Republic912
Armenia912
Malta93

Group C

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Germany925
Sweden920
Austria914
Republic of Ireland914
Kazakhstan95
Faroe Islands91

Group D

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Netherlands925
Turkey916
Romania916
Hungary914
Estonia97
Andorra90

Group E

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Switzerland921
Iceland916
Slovenia915
Norway911
Albania96
Cyprus94

Group F

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Russia921
Portugal918
Israel913
Azerbaijan98
Northern Ireland96
Luxembourg96

Group G

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Bosnia-Herzegovina922
Greece922
Slovakia912
Lithuania911
Latvia97
Liechtenstein92

Group H

TeamGames PlayedPoints
England919
Ukraine918
Montenegro915
Poland913
Moldova98
San Marino90

Group I

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Spain717
France714
Finland79
Georgia75
Belarus84

Qualification Rules

The winner of each of the nine groups automatically qualifies for the 2014 World Cup. The eight best non-first-place finishers in terms of overall points will then be entered into an eight-team playoff. This playoff will feature four home-and-away series. The four teams that prevail in those series qualify for the World Cup, while the four losers are eliminated without any hope for an additional playoff.

Also, due to the fact that Group I has one fewer participant than the others, only points earned against the top five teams in each group will count when determining which eight teams will qualify for the European playoffs.

 

Important Dates

Last Day of Group Play: Aug. 14, 2013

European Playoffs: Between Nov. 15 and 19, 2013

 

*Information courtesy of FIFA.com/WorldCup

 

CONCACAF

Group Standings

Group A

TeamGames PlayedPoints
USA919
Costa Rica915
Honduras914
Panama88
Mexico88
Jamaica94

Qualification Rules

The top three finishers in group play automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The fourth-place finisher will face the winner of the Oceania region in a home-and-away playoff. The winner of that series will also qualify for the World Cup, while the loser will be eliminated.

 

Important Dates

Last Day of Group Play: Sept. 10, 2013

Intercontinental Playoffs: Nov. 15 and 19, 2013

 

*Information courtesy of FIFA.com/WorldCup

 

Oceania

Group Standings

Group A

TeamGames PlayedPoints
New Zealand618
New Caledonia612
Tahiti63
Solomon Islands63

Qualification Rules

The winner of the group will face the fourth-place CONCACAF finisher in a home-and-away playoff. The winner of that series qualifies for the World Cup, while the loser is eliminated.

 

Important Dates

Last Day of Group Play: Completed (New Zealand qualifies for playoff)

Intercontinental Playoffs: Nov. 15 and 19, 2013

 

*Information courtesy of FIFA.com/WorldCup

 

South America

Group Standings

 

Group A

TeamGames PlayedPoints
Argentina1532
Colombia1527
Ecuador1525
Chile1525
Uruguay1522
Venezuela1620
Peru1514
Paraguay1512
Bolivia1511

Qualification Rules

The top four teams in group play automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The fifth-place finisher will face the winner of the Asian playoff in a home-and-away series. Whichever team wins that series qualifies for the World Cup, while the loser is eliminated.

 

Important Dates

Last Day of Group Play: Sept. 10, 2013

Intercontinental Playoffs: Nov. 15 and 19, 2013

 

*Information courtesy of FIFA.com/WorldCup

 

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