For all the wonders and riches of securing a World Cup place for your country, equally there are those nations who fell just short of a spot at the showpiece event.
Plenty of the globe's big hitters will be on display in France, with all of the top ten FIFA-ranked nations set to bellow out their nation's respective anthems in just a few days' time.
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Therefore, to offer a morsel of consolation to the sides who will be forced enjoy from the comfort of their sofas, here are the nations who failed to reach France this year.
FIFA Ranking: 11th
Best World Cup Finish: Quarter Finals (2007)
Despite their high ranking among the top sides around the world, North Korea's dream of a fifth World Cup appearance was over long before it had even began.
Unlike the rest of Europe, where a qualifying process is done via a set of groups featuring sides across the continent, for Asian countries qualification is assured via the AFC Women's Asian Cup - a tournament in itself.
In order to reach the competition, sides must qualify via the
Lars Søndergaard's side fell to a 2-0 loss away in the Netherlands, leaving themselves will it all to do in the second leg. Denmark started like a house on fire, netting after just five minutes to spark hopes of a comeback, but their fire was soon put out as
It means Denmark have now failed to reach the World Cup finals since 2007, missing out on the last four editions.
FIFA Ranking: 18th
Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (2015)
The previous tournament in Canada four years ago was a historical one for the Swiss, as they had reached the finals stage for the first time, having played their first match back in 1972.
On paper, the Swiss were handed a favourable group in their bid to reach the 2019 finals, with Scotland, Poland, Albania and Belarus standing between themselves and France. A solid showing, in which they lost and drew only once in their eight games, saw them finish a close second to Scotland.
Such was their performance in the group they finished as one of the 'best four' second placed sides and were handed a two-legged play-off against Belgium. They emerged victorious, going through on aggregate 3-3 to set up a monumental play-off clash with the Netherlands.
Another two-legged affair turned out to be very one-sided, as a 4-1 aggregate defeat cruelly cost them their place in France after coming so close to reaching their second ever finals.
FIFA Ranking: Joint 20th (With Scotland)
Best World Cup Finish: N/A
It was an agonising qualifying campaign for Belgium this year, who came within a whisker of reaching their first ever World Cup Finals.
The side have never been one of the leading nations in international football, yet have seen a steady improvement in results over the past six years, with commendable showing in Euro 2013 and World Cup 2015 qualification.
With the signs of development beginning to show, the Belgian Red Flames reached their first major tournament in 2017 as they qualified for the European Championships. They failed to escape the group stages, but expectations were already surpassed. It was felt the 2019 edition was going to be the side's