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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

  

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 

Russia...

Tim Cahill ready to answer Ange Postecoglou's striker call

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With many of Australia's strikers struggling for game time, the Socceroos may once again have to rely on Tim Cahill.

Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill says he's ready to lead Australia's line in next month's World Cup qualifiers.

With Jamie Maclaren's international career in its infancy, Matthew Leckie enduring a protracted national team goal drought, Apostolos Giannou, Robbie Kruse and Nathan Burns all out of season it's likely that Cahill will play the role of Australia's frontman against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

And it's a task the 37-year-old, all-time Socceroos leading goalscorer says he's up for.

"When...

Jason Geria admits his form not good enough for Socceroos call-up

Melbourne Victory's Jason Geria
Jason Geria was brave enough to admit that his club form has been below par this season.

Defender Jason Geria has admitted that his form for Melbourne Victory in the A-League this season is not good enough for him to earn a Soccceroos call-up.

The Victory right-back has steadily improved his form this season, helping the A-League force push Sydney FC for the title.

Geria was called up for two qualifiers in March last year off the back of his club form and then debuted in a friendly match with Greece in June.

There's also a neon-lighted vacant sign over the right-back position.

Three...

Mile Jedinak returns for Aston Villa to give Socceroos boost

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Mile Jedinak started for Aston Villa against Newcastle United.

The Socceroos' World Cup qualification campaign has been bolstered by captain Mile Jedinak's recovery from a groin injury to play his first club game in more than a month.

Jedinak, 32, started in struggling Aston Villa's English Championship 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Monday.

He played 71 minutes, earning the praise of coach Steve Bruce in a defensive midfield role.

"He gives our defenders protection, and he's a man in there," Bruce said.

"We have missed that, especially away from home.

"It's...

James Troisi deserves Socceroos recall after A-League form - Kevin Muscat

The Victory have stretched their undefeated run against the Mariners to 11 games after a 3-0 win in Gosford.

As much as Kevin Muscat would love to take James Troisi's sweet left boot to Brisbane in the A-League next month, the Melbourne Victory coach would be just as delighted if he's away with the Australian national side.

And the ex-English league defender would hardly be surprised, warning Troisi will only keep getting better.

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If there was ever a case for Socceroos' coach Ange Postecoglou to recall his Asian Cup hero, it was his A-League showing against Central Coast on Sunday.

He was the inspiration...