2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
Tournament details
Dates12 March 2015 – 10 October 2017
Teams46 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played226
Goals scored665 (2.94 per match)
Attendance4,377,585 (19,370 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Mohammad Al-Sahlawi [upper-alpha 1]
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Ahmed Khalil
(16 goals each)
2014
2022

The Asian section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification acted as qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in Russia, for national teams which were members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). 4.5 slots (four direct slots and one inter-confederation play-off slot) in the final tournament were available for AFC teams. [1]

Contents

On 16 April 2014, the AFC Executive Committee approved a proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds of the FIFA World Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, which expanded to 24 teams starting in 2019. [2] [3] Therefore, the first two rounds of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers also acted as qualifiers for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Format

The qualification structure was as follows: [2] [4]

Entrants

The 46 FIFA-affiliated nations from the AFC entered qualification. [5] In order to determine which nations would compete in the first round and which nations would receive a bye through to the second round, the FIFA World Rankings of January 2015 were used (shown in parentheses), as those were the latest published rankings prior to the first round draw. The FIFA Rankings of January 2015 were also used for seeding of the first round draw; however, for seeding in the second round and third round draws, the most recent FIFA Rankings prior to those draws were used.

From the January 2015 FIFA World Rankings [6]
Bye to the second round
(Ranked 1st to 34th)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 35th to 46th)
  1. Flag of Iran.svg  Iran (51)
  2. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (54)
  3. Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea (69)
  4. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan (71)
  5. Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (80)
  6. Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar (92)
  7. Flag of Oman.svg  Oman (93)
  8. Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan (93)
  9. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR (96)
  10. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (100)
  11. Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia (102)
  12. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (110)
  13. Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq (114)
  14. Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine (115)
  15. Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon (122)
  16. Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait (125)
  17. Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines (129)
  18. Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives (131)
  19. Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam (133)
  20. Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan (136)
  21. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar (141)
  22. Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan (142)
  23. Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand (144)
  24. Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan (147)
  25. Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea (150)
  26. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria (151)
  27. Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan (152)
  28. Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia (154)
  29. Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong (156)
  30. Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore (157)
  31. Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia (159)
  32. Flag of Laos.svg  Laos (160)
  33. Flag of Guam.svg  Guam (161)
  34. Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh (165)
  1. Flag of India.svg  India (171)
  2. Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka (172)
  3. Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen (176)
  4. Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia (179)
  5. Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei (182)
  6. Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste (185)
  7. Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal (186)
  8. Flag of Macau.svg  Macau (186)
  9. Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan (188)
  10. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia (194)
  11. Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei (198)
  12. Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan (209)

Schedule

The schedule of the competition was as follows. [7] [8] [9]

RoundMatchdayDate
First round First leg12 March 2015
Second leg17 March 2015
Second round Matchday 111 June 2015
Matchday 216 June 2015
Matchday 33 September 2015
Matchday 48 September 2015
Matchday 58 October 2015
Matchday 613 October 2015
Matchday 712 November 2015
Matchday 817 November 2015
Matchday 924 March 2016
Matchday 1029 March 2016
RoundMatchdayDate
Third round Matchday 11 September 2016
Matchday 26 September 2016
Matchday 36 October 2016
Matchday 411 October 2016
Matchday 515 November 2016
Matchday 623 March 2017
Matchday 728 March 2017
Matchday 813 June 2017
Matchday 931 August 2017
Matchday 105 September 2017
Fourth round First leg5 October 2017
Second leg10 October 2017

The inter-confederation play-offs were scheduled to be played between 6–14 November 2017. [10]

First round

The draw for the first round was held on 10 February 2015, 15:30 MST (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [11]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
India  Flag of India.svg2–0Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 2–0 0–0
Yemen  Flag of Yemen.svg3–1Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 3–1 0–0
Timor-Leste  Flag of East Timor.svg0–6 [N 1] Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 0–3 [N 1] 0–3 [N 1]
Cambodia  Flag of Cambodia.svg4–1Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 3–0 1–1
Chinese Taipei  Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg2–1Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei 0–1 2–0
Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg1–3Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 0–1 1–2
Notes
  1. 1 2 3 Timor-Leste won the first leg 4–1 and the second leg 1–0, thus winning 5–1 on aggregate and advancing to the Second Round. On 12 December 2017 FIFA awarded both matches 3–0 to Mongolia due to Timor-Leste fielding numerous ineligible players. However, this was long after the Second Round had been played so Timor-Leste advanced and Mongolia were not reinstated.

Second round

The draw for the second round was held on 14 April 2015, at 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [12] [13]

Summary

  Qualified for the Third Round and Asian Cup as winners or top four runners-up
  Advanced to the Third Asian Cup qualifying round as bottom four runners-up, third place, or top four fourth placed team
  Advanced to the AFC Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.
  Denotes a team that was disqualified as a result of a FIFA suspension.
Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
Saudi Arabia
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
United Arab Emirates
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of Thailand.svg
Thailand
Flag of Iraq.svg
Iraq
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg
Uzbekistan
Flag of Palestine.svg
Palestine
Flag of Jordan.svg
Jordan
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg
Kyrgyzstan
Flag of Hong Kong.svg
Hong Kong
Flag of Oman.svg
Oman
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg
Turkmenistan
Flag of Guam.svg
Guam
Flag of Singapore.svg
Singapore
Flag of Afghanistan.svg
Afghanistan
Flag of Vietnam.svg
Vietnam
Flag of Lebanon.svg
Lebanon
Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Flag of Myanmar.svg
Myanmar
Flag of North Korea.svg
North Korea
Flag of the Philippines.svg
Philippines
Flag of Bahrain.svg
Bahrain
Flag of Malaysia.svg
Malaysia
Flag of East Timor.svg
Timor-Leste
Flag of Tajikistan.svg
Tajikistan
Flag of Bangladesh.svg
Bangladesh
Flag of Maldives.svg
Maldives
Flag of Bhutan.svg
Bhutan
Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of Cambodia.svg
Cambodia
Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg
Chinese Taipei
Flag of Laos.svg
Laos
Flag of Yemen.svg
Yemen
Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia

Groups

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tiebreakers
In league format, the ranking of teams in each group was based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.6 and 20.7): [14]
  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Overall goal difference
  3. Overall goals scored
  4. Points in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie was only between two teams in home-and-away league format)
  8. Fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points
    • direct red card: minus 4 points
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
  9. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Saudi Arabia.svgFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svgFlag of Palestine.svgFlag of Malaysia.svgFlag of East Timor.svg
1Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 8620284+2420 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 3–2 2–0 7–0 [lower-alpha 1]
2Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 8521274+2317 1–1 2–0 10–0 8–0
3Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 8422245+1914 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–0 0–0 6–0 7–0
4Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 8206729226 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round Can. [lower-alpha 2] 1–2 0–6 3–0 [lower-alpha 1]
5Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste [lower-alpha 1] 8008044440 0–10 0–3 [lower-alpha 1] 0–3 [lower-alpha 1] 0–3 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Timor-Leste forfeited five group matches due to fielding numerous ineligible players. [17]
  2. The Malaysia v Saudi Arabia match, on 8 September 2015, was abandoned during the 87th minute after a group of supporters threw objects onto the pitch. At the time of the abandonment the score was 2–1 to Saudi Arabia. On 5 October 2015, FIFA decided that this match was forfeited by Malaysia and the result to be declared as a walkover awarded for Saudi Arabia. [15] [16]

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Australia (converted).svgFlag of Jordan.svgFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svgFlag of Tajikistan.svgFlag of Bangladesh.svg
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 8701294+2521 Third round and Asian Cup 5–1 3–0 7–0 5–0
2Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 8512217+1416 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–0 0–0 3–0 8–0
3Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 8422108+214 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0
4Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 8125920115 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 1–3 0–1 5–0
5Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 8017232301 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1
Source: FIFA

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Qatar.svgFlag of the People's Republic of China.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svgFlag of Maldives.svgFlag of Bhutan.svg
1Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 8701294+2521 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 2–0 4–0 15–0
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 8521271+2617 2–0 0–0 4–0 12–0
3Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 8422135+814 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–3 0–0 2–0 7–0
4Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 8206820126 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–2
5Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 8008552470 0–3 0–6 0–1 3–4
Source: FIFA

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Iran.svgFlag of Oman.svgFlag of Turkmenistan.svgFlag of Guam.svgFlag of India.svg
1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 8620263+2320 Third round and Asian Cup 2–0 3–1 6–0 4–0
2Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 8422117+414 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0
3Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 84131011113 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
4Flag of Guam.svg  Guam 8215316137 0–6 0–0 1–0 2–1
5Flag of India.svg  India 8107518133 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 [lower-alpha 1] 1–2 1–2 1–0
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. FIFA awarded Iran a 3–0 win as a result of India fielding the ineligible player Eugeneson Lyngdoh. [18] The match initially ended 3–0 to Iran.

Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Japan.svgFlag of Syria.svgFlag of Singapore.svgFlag of Afghanistan.svgFlag of Cambodia.svg
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 8710270+2722 Third round and Asian Cup 5–0 0–0 5–0 3–0
2Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 86022611+1518 0–3 1–0 5–2 6–0
3Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 831499010 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–1
4Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan 8305824169 0–6 0–6 2–1 3–0
5Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 8008127260 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–6 0–4 0–1
Source: FIFA

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Thailand.svgFlag of Iraq.svgFlag of Vietnam.svgFlag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
1Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 6420146+814 Third round and Asian Cup 2–2 1–0 4–2
2Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 6330136+712 2–2 1–0 5–1
3Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 62137817 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–1 4–1
4Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei 6006519140 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–2 1–2
Source: FIFA

Group G

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of South Korea.svgFlag of Lebanon.svgFlag of Kuwait.svgFlag of Myanmar.svgFlag of Laos.svg
1Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 8800270+2724 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 3–0 [lower-alpha 1] 4–0 8–0
2Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 8323126+611 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 0–1 1–1 7–0
3Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 83141210+210Disqualified [lower-alpha 1] 0–1 0–0 9–0 0–3 [lower-alpha 1]
4Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 8224921128 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–2 0–2 3–0 [lower-alpha 1] 3–1
5Flag of Laos.svg  Laos 8116629234 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–2
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 4 During this stage the Kuwait Football Association was suspended after the country had failed to comply with a decision from FIFA that its sports law had to be changed. The three remaining matches involving Kuwait – away v Myanmar, home v Laos, and away v South Korea – were not played as scheduled, and were eventually awarded as 3–0 wins for Kuwait's opponents. Kuwait was also unable to compete in the Third Round of the Asian Cup qualifying, to which it would have advanced based on its ranking.

Group H

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Uzbekistan.svgFlag of North Korea.svgFlag of the Philippines.svgFlag of Bahrain.svgFlag of Yemen.svg
1Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 8701207+1321 Third round and Asian Cup 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
2Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 8512148+616 Asian Cup qualifying third round 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–0
3Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 8314812410 1–5 3–2 2–1 0–1
4Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 8305101009 0–4 0–1 2–0 3–0
5Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 8107217153 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 1–3 0–3 [lower-alpha 1] 0–2 0–4
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. FIFA awarded North Korea a 3–0 win as a result of Yemen fielding the ineligible player Mudir Al-Radaei, after North Korea had defeated Yemen 1–0. Al-Radaei failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the First Round of the competition. [19]

Ranking of runner-up teams

To determine the four best runner-up teams, the following criteria were used:

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Fair play points
  5. Drawing of lots

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified due to FIFA suspension, Group F contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team were not counted when determining the ranking of the runner-up teams. [20]

PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 F Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 6330136+712 Third round and Asian Cup
2 E Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 64021411+312
3 A Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 6321164+1211
4 C Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 632191+811
5 H Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 6312108+210 Asian Cup qualifying third round
6 B Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 631297+210
7 D Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 62226608
8 G Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 61233635
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first to fourth in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Third round

The third round consisted of two groups of six teams. The first two teams in each group qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The two third-placed teams proceeded to the fourth round.

The draw for the third round was held on 12 April 2016, at 16:30 MST (UTC+8), at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [21] [22]

Groups

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tiebreakers
In league format, the ranking of teams in each group was based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.6 and 20.7): [23]
  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Overall goal difference
  3. Overall goals scored
  4. Points in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie was only between two teams in home-and-away league format)
  8. Fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points
    • direct red card: minus 4 points
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
  9. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Iran.svgFlag of South Korea.svgFlag of Syria.svgFlag of Uzbekistan.svgFlag of the People's Republic of China.svgFlag of Qatar.svg
1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 10640102+822Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–0
2Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 104331110+115 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 3–2
3Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 1034398+113Advance to fourth round 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 3–1
4Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1041567113 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 10334810212 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0
6Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1021781577 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–2
Source: FIFA

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Japan.svgFlag of Saudi Arabia.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svgFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svgFlag of Iraq.svgFlag of Thailand.svg
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 10622177+1020Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 4–0
2Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 106131710+719 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0
3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 105411611+519Advance to fourth round 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–1
4Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 104151013313 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1
5Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 103251112111 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 4–0
6Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 10028624182 0–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–2
Source: FIFA

Fourth round

The two third-placed teams in each group from the third round played against each other home-and-away over two legs to determine which team advanced to the inter-confederation play-offs.

The order of legs was announced during the draw for the third round. [24] Syria played their home match, as with all their home matches in the third round, in Malaysia due to the war time condition in Syria. [25]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Syria  Flag of Syria.svg2–3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)

Intercontinental play-offs

The draw for the inter-confederation play-offs was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg. [26] The fifth-placed team from AFC was drawn against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF, with the AFC team hosting the second leg. [27]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Honduras  Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg1–3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0–0 1–3

Qualified teams

The following five teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament.

TeamQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in FIFA World Cup 1
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Third Round Group A winners12 June 20174 (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Third Round Group B winners31 August 20175 (1998, 2002 , 2006, 2010, 2014)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Third Round Group A runners-up5 September 20179 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 , 2006, 2010, 2014)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Third Round Group B runners-up5 September 20174 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia CONCACAF v AFC play-off winners15 November 20174 (1974 2 , 2006 2 , 2010, 2014)
1Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
2 Australia qualified as a member of the OFC in 1974 and 2006 (qualifying took place until 2005 and they left the OFC and joined the AFC in 2006).

Top goalscorers

16 goals
11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
For full lists of goalscorers, see sections in each round:

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 This player's goal tally includes one or more goals which the player scored in matches that were subsequently forfeited, but which FIFA still continued to count in its statistics.

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The North, Central American and Caribbean section of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification acted as qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, for national teams which are members of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). 3.5 slots in the final tournament were available for CONCACAF teams.

The fourth round of AFC matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification was played from 5 to 10 October 2017.

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process decided all 24 teams which played in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the hosts France qualifying automatically. It is the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament is the third to be hosted in Europe, after the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification is the qualification process organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to determine the participating teams for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, the 18th edition of the international men's football championship of Asia. Since 2019, the Asian Cup final tournament is contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) Asian Football Confederation portion of the World Cup

The Asian section of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar, for national teams which are members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Apart from Qatar, a total of 4.5 slots in the final tournament are available for AFC teams.

The AFC first round of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, which also served as the first round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification, was played from 6 to 11 June 2019.

The play-off round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification will be played on 7 September and 12 October 2021. It was originally scheduled for 3–8 September, 13 October and 17 November 2020, but the AFC changed the dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia.

The third round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification will be played from 1 February to 27 September 2022. It was originally scheduled for 30 March 2021 to 29 March 2022 and then 16 November 2021 to 14 June 2022, but the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) changed the dates due to multiple postponements of remaining matches in the second round brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia.

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