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2018 FIFA World Cup draw: Which teams are in what group?

We know who is in, but now we find out who will play whom and when.

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The United States will not take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and that is a shame, but that does not mean the world’s most popular sporting tournament won’t be exciting.

We are six months away from the World Cup kicking off and on Friday morning, we get the drawing of teams placed into the groups they will compete in to begin the tournament in mid-June from Russia. The draw will take place live from Moscow.

Each of the 32 team is seeded using the FIFA world rankings before the draw in order to keep balance in the groups (you can get full information about the draw here).

You can watch the draw in the U.S. on Fox Sports 1 in English and on Telemundo in Spanish and it will also be streamed on cup at 10 a.m. ET.

Massive Report will bring you all the live updates from the FIFA World Cup draw right here.


  • Group B, with Spain and Portugal, and Group F, Germany and Mexico leading the way, appear to be the toughest two in terms of advancing.
  • Group A will be interesting with no clear frontrunner.
  • Argentina and Iceland should be a fun game to be in attendance for with those two fanbases. Iceland has also demonstrated value on the field, so that should be fun to watch.
  • It appears that England should be able to get to the Round of 16, but you never know with the Brits.

2018 FIFA World Cup Groups

Group A
Saudi Arabia

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E
Costa Rica

Group F
Korea Republic

Group G

Group H

Live updates

  • The final two selections are Korea Republic and Japan. Korea is in Group F and Japan in Group H.
  • Panama are drawn and skip Group F due to Mexico already being selected there. They will go to G2. Panama’s first ever World Cup game will be against Belgium.
  • Nigeria were undefeated in qualifying and will go into Group D to play Croatia in their first game.
  • Australia is in Group C’s second spot to play their first game against France.
  • Morocco, who had one of the best defensive records in World Cup qualifying, is in Group B.
  • Serbia, who had one loss in qualifying, is skipping ahead to Group E in order to keep the right number of teams from each region in the groups. They will go E4.
  • Saudi Arabia will open the 2018 FIFA World Cup against hosts Russia in Group A. Not the most exciting opening game from a neutral perspective. Group A is complete.
  • Senegal is the final team of Pot 3 and are in Group H.
  • Tunisia will be in Group G and will play their first game against England.
  • Sweden, who go to the World Cup Finals, by knocking upsetting and knocking out Italy in a final qualifying game, is in Group F.
  • Costa Rica is slotted in the third spot in Group E.
  • Iceland, one of the smallest countries to ever qualify for the World Cup, is in Group D and will open with a game against Argentina. Get ready for some loud claps.
  • Iran is selected and we return to Group B where they get the fourth spot.
  • Denmark is selected, but cannot go into Group B due to Portugal and Spain (European qualifiers) already in that group. They are selected into C4.
  • The start of Pot 3 is Egypt in Group A with hosts Russia and Uruguay. They are drawn at A3.
  • The final two teams drawn from Pot 2 are England (G4) and Colombia (H3).
  • Mexico is in Group F and will face Germany in the group’s opening game.
  • Switzerland goes to E2 meaning their opening game will be against Brazil.
  • Peru goes into slot C3 followed by Croatia (nice hand of God joke to Maradona) goes to D3.
  • Spain is drawn into Group B. That will setup a matchup with nearby rivals Portugal in the first game of the group.
  • Pot 2 begins with Uruguay and they get A4, which means the final game of Group A will be Russia and Uruguay.
  • Belgium is drawn into Group G, which means Poland is the last of Pot 1 in Group H.
  • The current World Cup champions Germany are going into Group F at F1.
  • Brazil, the World Cup’s most successful team will be at the top of Group E.
  • Lionel Messi and Argentina are the top team in Group D.
  • France is next up. Will go to C1.
  • Portugal to Group B and slotted in B1.
  • Russia is the first team drawn. Will be the first spot in Group A
  • Explanation on how it goes: 32 teams divided into four pots (see below) to be selected in the eight groups. Highest ranked teams and hosts Russia in Pot 1 all the way down to the lowest ranked teams in Pot 4. Pot 1 teams will get the top slot in each group, the other teams will be slotted at random. No team from the same qualifying region can be draw in the same group with the exception of Europe because there are too many teams.
  • Plenty of World Cup heroes past on the stage now to do the drawing. Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol Diego Forlan to name a few.
  • The World Cup trophy is now on the stage, brought out by the tournament’s record goal scorer and Germany legend Miroslav Klose.
  • The opening statements from Russian president Vladimir V. Putin and FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino are complete. Now it’s time for a performance.
  • Here are how the pots (where each team is drawn from) are setup

Pot 1: Russia (hosts), Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France.

Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Croatia.

Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran.

Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia.