The continent’s 52 member associations will play for five available spots at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The second round is played until September 2013, with the ten Group winners advancing to the final round.
A total of 4.5 spots are available for the 43 Asian teams. The final round is played until 18 June, with the top two teams from each group being directly qualified for the FIFA World Cup. The two third-placed sides will compete in a two-legged tie for the chance to contest in an Intercontinental Play-Off.
Five previous FIFA World Cup winners – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – emerged from European qualifying to claim a place at Brazil 2014, with Bosnia-Herzegovina the only newcomers to football’s greatest stage.
All 53 European member associations will participate in the Preliminary Campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The qualifiers will consist of nine groups, with 13 teams qualifying for the finals in Brazil.
3.5 spots are up for grabs for the region’s 35 teams. The final hexagonal round runs until September 2013, with the three top teams being directly qualified for the FIFA World Cup. The fourth-placed side will enter into an Intercontinental Play-Off against New Zealand.