Eight 2018 postage stamps from Russia depicting the draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place on 1 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia.[1] It determined the group in which each of the 32 qualified national teams would play in at the start of the tournament. The teams were divided into four pots of eight, with one team selected from each pot to form a group.

Unlike previous editions of the World Cup, all pots were determined by each national team's October 2017 FIFA World Ranking, with Pot 1 containing the highest-ranked teams, Pot 2 containing the next highest-ranked teams, and so on until Pot 4, containing the lowest ranked teams; in previous editions only one pot containing the highest-ranked teams was determined by rank, with the other three pots determined by continental confederation. The hosts continued to be placed in Pot 1 and treated as a seeded team, and therefore Pot 1 consisted of hosts Russia and the seven highest-ranked teams that qualified for the tournament.

The draw sequence started with pot 1 and ended with pot 4.[2]

As with previous editions, no group had more than one team from any continental confederation except for UEFA, which had at least one, but no more than two in a group.[2]


Teams were seeded using the October 2017 FIFA World Rankings[3] (shown in parentheses), which were published on 16 October 2017.[4]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Russia (H) (65)  Spain (8)  Denmark (19)  Serbia (38)
 Germany (1)  Peru (10)  Iceland (21)  Nigeria (41)
 Brazil (2)   Switzerland (11)  Costa Rica (22)  Australia (43)
 Portugal (3)  England (12)  Sweden (25)  Japan (44)
 Argentina (4)  Colombia (13)  Tunisia (28)  Morocco (48)
 Belgium (5)  Mexico (16)  Egypt (30)  Panama (49)
 Poland (6)  Uruguay (17)  Senegal (32)  South Korea (62)
 France (7)  Croatia (18)  Iran (34)  Saudi Arabia (63)

Final draw

1 2 3 4
Group A  Russia  Saudi Arabia  Egypt  Uruguay
Group B  Portugal  Spain  Morocco  Iran
Group C  France  Australia  Peru  Denmark
Group D  Argentina  Iceland  Croatia  Nigeria
Group E  Brazil   Switzerland  Costa Rica  Serbia
Group F  Germany  Mexico  Sweden  South Korea
Group G  Belgium  Panama  Tunisia  England
Group H  Poland  Senegal  Colombia  Japan


  1. ^ "Final Draw to take place in State Kremlin Palace". FIFA.com. 24 January 2017. Archived from the original on 28 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Close-up on Final Draw procedures". FIFA.com. 27 November 2017. Archived from the original on 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - October 2017". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 13 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.