World Cup 2018: Northern Ireland start campaign against Czechs
Northern Ireland will open their World Cup 2018 qualifiers away to the Czech Republic on 4 September, 2016.
World Cup champions Germany will host Michael O'Neill's team on 11 October next year with the final Group C qualifier in Norway on 8 October, 2017.
"Germany will be expected to finish first but we'll be in the running for second place," said NI boss O'Neill.
The Republic of Ireland start away to Serbia on 5 September and they will face Wales in Dublin on 24 March, 2017.
Northern Ireland also take on Azerbaijan and San Marino in the qualifiers as they aim for a place in the finals in Russia.
The immediate focus for Northern Ireland is securing a place in the Euro 2016 finals and they are on course to make the trip to France, sitting second in their qualifying group behind Romania.
|Northern Ireland's Group C qualifiers|
|Czech Republic (away)||Sunday, 4 September 2016|
|San Marino (home)||Saturday, 8 October 2016|
|Germany (away)||Tuesday, 11 October 2016|
|Azerbaijan (home)||Friday, 11 November 2016|
|Norway (home)||Sunday, 26 March 2017|
|Azerbaijan (away)||Saturday, 10 June 2017|
|San Marino (away)||Friday, 1 September 2017|
|Czech Republic (home)||Monday, 4 September 2017|
|Germany (home)||Thursday, 5 October 2017|
|Norway (away)||Sunday, 8 October 2017|
"It's a decent draw for us and it is a group we can be competitive in," O'Neill told the Sunday Life.
"The Czech Republic are a quality side and they always have stand-out individual talent so those will be tough games.
"Norway I don't think are as good as they used to be but I'll need to watch how they get on in the Euro qualifiers.
"A lot will depend on whether we reach the finals in France next year - if we do, then we go into the World Cup qualifiers with a great deal of momentum."
The Republic were handed a favourable draw with Austria, Georgia and Moldova providing the remainder of their Group D opposition.
|Republic of Ireland's Group D qualifiers|
|Serbia (away)||Monday, 5 September 2016|
|Georgia (home)||Thursday, 6 October 2016|
|Moldova (away)||Sunday, 9 October 2016|
|Austria (away)||Saturday, 12 November 2016|
|Wales (home)||Friday, 24 March 2017|
|Austria (home)||Sunday, 11 June 2017|
|Georgia (away)||Saturday, 2 September 2017|
|Serbia (home)||Tuesday, 5 September 2017|
|Moldova (home)||Friday, 6 October 2017|
|Wales (away)||Monday, 9 October 2017|
Wales are top seeds and the Republic will be up against Chris Coleman's side in the final qualifier in Cardiff.
"Wales are going very well in the European Championship qualifiers - they're almost already there," said Republic manager Martin O'Neill.
"I think them having jumped from fifth seeds to first seeds, I think they'll be pretty pleased.
"But, you know, we've got a chance. We know the Welsh players inside out and Austria are going strongly themselves but it's a group I think a lot of teams would be pleased to be in, including Wales and Austria."