One of the biggest events in all of sport is approaching quickly, and it’s time to field the tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw takes place Friday, Dec. 1, in Moscow, with the 32 teams who qualified being placed into eight groups.
Here’s everything you need to know for the event.
How to watch
Fox Sports: 10 – 11 AM ET, with a 30-minute pre-and post-show
Live stream available on FIFA’s website.
How does the draw work?
All 32 teams will be separated into four pots evenly and based on their FIFA world ranking. The highest-ranked teams go in Pot 1, the lowest in Pot 4. The host nation (this year being Russia) is placed in Pot 1 among the world’s best. From then on, the teams are drawn into eight different groups of four, labeled A-H.
Confused? FIFA breaks it down below. One thing to remembered: teams from the same confederation cannot be drawn into the same group, with the only exception being UEFA teams, which allows two from the European confederation to be drawn in the same group.
Who has qualified?
UEFA (Europe): Russia (hosts) France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium, Iceland, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark
CONMEBOL (South America): Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru.
CONCACAF (North/Central America and Caribbean): Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
AFC (Asia): Iran Football, South Korea Football, Japan Football, Saudi Arabia
CAF (Africa): Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal, Egypt
Notable countries who failed to qualify
Italy, the United States, Chile and the Netherlands.
Gallery: USMNT fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup