Shocking end for US World Cup bid a blow to Fox, sponsors

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Following last night's loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the final night of CONCACAF qualifying, the United States Men's National Team will be left out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Which teams have secured their World Cup place?

As qualifying campaigns came to an end in Europe, South America and Central/North America this month, 15 further countries have been able to book their places in Russian Federation in the last few days.

FIFA World Cup 2010 finalist Netherlands, Copa America reigning champions Chile and US topped the list of nations who've failed to qualify for the Russia World Cup. This can be calculated early to see which nations will appear in which pot.


The teams, which qualified for the next year's championship are hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina. December 1. The pots are provisional as there are six teams yet to be decided by playoffs, and three African finalists to be confirmed. A decrease in interest would also affect FIFA's top World Cup partners, including Visa Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. In the current and final stage of the qualifiers, there are 5 groups, with the group victor advancing to the World Cup.

The winners of the CONCACAF/AFC playoff between Australia and Honduras are guaranteed to be in pot 4, as would Ivory Coast if they edge out Morocco to qualify.

Below is how the pots are looking for the draw, which takes place on Friday.

Ratings on ESPN soared three years ago when the USA team advanced out of the group stage, before falling to Belgium in extra time in the Round of 16.


The two remaining spots will be determined in cross continent playoff.

New Zealand won the Oceania section, but with only half a place on offer to the region will now have to face fifth place South American finisher Peru for the right to play on the world stage.

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