Team Thailand have been drawn into GROUP B for Stage Three of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifications. There are six teams in each of GROUP A and GROUP B. Four teams, the winners and runner-ups, will qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.
Then, in round four, the third-placed teams will play each other in a home-and-away series. The Round Four winner advances to the intercontinental play-off with the corresponding team from the CONCACAF region (North & Central American and Caribbean).
The winner of the intercontinental match will also qualify for the World Cup.
Thailand will be up for some difficult matches. Group B includes two teams who qualified in 2014 (Japan, Australia), though neither team advanced past the group stage.
Thailand, at 119th, is the lowest ranked team in the group. Australia is ranked 50th in the world, and Japan 57th.
Yet Team Thailand qualified by going undefeated and winning their group is Round Two, and holding Iraq to draws, a team ranked 10 points higher by FIFA. Japan, meanwhile, are at their lowest ranking in history. Australia are expected to dominate the group and obtain their fourth straight qualification, however they did not escape
TEAM THAILAND’S 2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Thursday 1 September 2016: Saudi v Thailand (AWAY)
Tuesday 6 September 2016: Thailand v Japan (HOME)
Thursday 6 October 2016: UAE v Thailand (AWAY)
Tuesday 11 October 2016: Iraq v Thailand (AWAY)
Tuesday 15 November 2016: Thailand v Australia (HOME)
Thursday 23 March 2017: Thailand v Saudi (HOME)
Tuesday 28 March 2017: Japan v Thailand (AWAY)
Tuesday 13 June 2017: Thailand v UAE (HOME)
Thursday 31 August 2017: Thailand v Iraq (HOME)
Tuesday 5 September 2017: Australia v Thailand (AWAY)