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Who Can Ireland Get In The World Cup Playoffs? Our Possible Opponents

Who Can Ireland Get In The World Cup Playoffs? Our Possible Opponents
By PJ Browne
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Victory for Ireland against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday night secured a World Cup playoff place for Martin O'Neill's side.

The top eight second-placed teams from the nine qualifier groups progress to the playoffs.

Who Can Ireland Get In The World Cup Playoffs?

Teams will be seeded according to the FIFA rankings which will be published on October 16th. The top four seeds will go into Pot 1 and the bottom four into Pot 2.

With games to be played on Tuesday evening, it is still uncertain what the exact makeup of playoff teams will be.

Right now our possible opponents are: Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Portugal or Switzerland.

There are some teams definitely in: Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Greece, with a victory against Gibraltar, would secure second place in Group H and also a spot in the playoffs.

The other places to be decided are between Portugal and Switzerland and Sweden and France.


Portugal and Switzerland play tomorrow night in a game which will determine the winner of  Group B.


France look almost certain to top Group A. They play Belarus at home in the final game. However, anything less than three points and a Sweden victory against Netherlands would see Sweden top the group.

As it stands, the teams (with rankings in brackets) headed for the playoffs are :



Portugal (3) or Switzerland (7)
Italy (16)
Croatia (17)
Denmark (18)



Sweden (21)
Northern Ireland (23)
Ireland (26)
Greece (49)

The rankings listed above are the live rankings and not those from the last FIFA update on September 14th.

When is the World Cup playoff draw?

The draw for the World Cup playoffs will take place in Zurich on October 17th.

When are the World Cup playoffs?

The first legs of the playoff games will take place between November 9th to 11th. The second legs will be played three days later.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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