However, teams from the same confederation still were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except that two UEFA teams could be in each group.
From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 4 June.
Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy (for the first time since 1958), three-time runners-up and third placed in 2014 the Netherlands (for the first time since 2002), and four reigning continental champions: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon, two-time Copa América champions and 2017 Confederations Cup runners-up Chile, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand, and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States (for the first time since 1986).
A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities.
It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.
The finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically.
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