Russia won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting.
The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third.
The other notable qualifying streaks broken were for Ghana and Ivory Coast, who had both made the previous three tournaments.
The 32 teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4, by selecting one team from each of the 4 ranked pots.
Of the 32 nations qualified to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 20 countries competed at the previous tournament in 2014.The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years.It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.France won the match 4–2 to claim their second World Cup title, marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team.During the bidding process, the three remaining non-UEFA nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and the UEFA nations were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid.