FIFA was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Headquartered in Zürich, its membership now comprises 211 national associations.
Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the world is divided: Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and South America.
This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany, the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the 11th time that it has been held in Europe
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, 31 teams along with the host country (Russia) will fight for the trophy on the Soviet land.
Teams Qualified are -
UEFA (Europe) - 14Russia (host), Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark
AFC (Asia) - 5Qualified: Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia
CAF (Africa) - 5Qualified: Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco
CONCACAF (North America) - 3Qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama
CONMEBOL (South America) - 5Qualified: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru
Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany
Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances