European (UEFA) qualifying involves eight groups of six and one group of five teams each playing a round robin. The matches will be played from September 7, 2012 through October 15, 2013 and the nine group winners will qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The eight best second-place teams will advance to play in four two-legged playoffs against each other with the winners of those playoffs also qualifying for the World Cup.
The preliminary draw will determine the nine groups for the qualifying stage. The teams are placed into six pots of nine based on the FIFA rankings. The top nine times will be in Pot 1, the next nine teams in Pot 2, etc., to ensure that the top teams are not in the same group. The draw for the two-legged playoffs will be held at a later date.
Group A: Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, Macedonia,Wales
Group C: Germany, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan
Group D: Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Andorra
Group F: Portugal, Russia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg