2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

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2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)
Tournament details
Dates 10–15 November 2017
Teams 4 (from 4 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 6 (1.5 per match)
Attendance 191,219 (47,805 per match)
Top scorer(s) Australia Mile Jedinak (3 goals)

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, there were two scheduled inter-confederation play-offs to determine the final two qualification spots to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[1] The matches were originally scheduled to be played between 6–14 November 2017,[2] and later confirmed to take place between 10–15 November.[3][4]


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.[1]

The four teams from the four confederations (AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and OFC) were drawn into two ties. There was no seeding.[5]

In each tie, the two teams will play a two-legged home-and-away series. The two winners, decided on aggregate score, qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then 30 minutes of extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out.

Qualified teams[edit]

Confederation Placement Team
AFC Fourth Round (play-off) winners  Australia
CONCACAF Fifth Round 4th place  Honduras
CONMEBOL Round-Robin 5th place  Peru
OFC Third Round winners  New Zealand


The first legs were played on 10 and 11 November 2017, and the second legs were played on 15 November 2017.[3][4]


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Honduras  1–3  Australia 0–0 1–3
Honduras  0–0  Australia
Australia  3–1  Honduras
Jedinak Goal 54'72' (pen.)85' (pen.) Report M. Figueroa Goal 90+3'
Attendance: 77,060

Australia won 3–1 on aggregate and qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
New Zealand  0–2  Peru 0–0 0–2
New Zealand  0–0  Peru
Attendance: 37,034
Peru  2–0  New Zealand
Attendance: 39,125

Peru won 2–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


3 goals
1 goal


  1. ^ a b "Preliminary Draw procedures outlined". fifa.com. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "FIFA Calendar". FIFA.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Dates set for Socceroos-Honduras World Cup qualifier". SBS the World Game. 15 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "All Whites to play first leg against Peru on Saturday afternoon". nzherald.co.nz. The New Zealand Herald. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Draw Procedures – Intercontinental play-offs" (PDF). FIFA.com. 

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