This Friday, the battle for places at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ steps up another notch when Africa becomes the fourth confederation to embark on qualifying. In Asia, and in North and Central America and the Caribbean, some of the early hopefuls are already out of the running, but the African nations go into battle for the first time this week.

The programme features 35 matches all over the world – and FIFA.com is reporting live from every single game, bringing you the fans close up to the drama and the goals.

 For the first time in qualifying for the greatest football tournament on the planet, you’ll be able to enjoy our totally new MatchCast service, overhauled from the ground up with a new design, extra features and even more interactivity. Our new FIFA World Cup qualifying flagship will keep fans from all over the world completely up-to-date at all times as the action unfolds at the stadiums.

Live coverage from every match
You can follow every game in full from kick-off onwards, as we bring you the current score, goals and scorers, yellow and red cards and all other big incidents in the game.

Lively and fun FanChat
Now we come to the core of the MatchCast service! When the 70 teams enter the fray on Friday, fans of each and every nation will be cheering on their teams and hoping for success from their homes. Meet up with fans from all over the world in our FanChat, voice your opinions, and debate the latest topics, results and incidents. From Australia to Togo, from Argentina to Guatemala, FIFA.com provides the perfect platform to meet and greet your fellow fans.

The best images
Follow the action all over the world in pictures! Marvel at the colourful scenes from Africa, the celebrations in Asia, the fiery showdowns in North and Central America, and the famous South American festivals of football. FIFA.com brings you the best images from FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Match stats
Who’s the leading goalscorer, and what's the situation with yellow and red cards? Learn everything there is to know about all the players and goalscorers.

It all starts at 10.00 am CET on Friday with Japan's trip to Tajikistan. Visit FIFA.com, join us in the MatchCast, and meet up with fans from all over the world. With FIFA.com, you'll never miss a thing!