World Cup Draw 2022
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The biggest show on Earth, the FIFA World Cup, will be held in November 2022 in Qatar. 32 teams will participate in this electrifying tournament across the globe. As the World Cup qualifiers are almost done in all the regions, 29 teams have already qualified for the World Cup, with 3 spots left to claim.

Football lovers worldwide are at their peaks of excitement as the pots are set for the World Cup draw. 4 pots are already set, each pot consists of 8 teams. The World Cup draw will form 8 groups, 4 teams in each group, picking up from the pots.

When is the draw for the World Cup 2022?

The World Cup Qatar 2022 draw will take place on Friday, 1 April 2022, at 4:00 pm GMT. The draw ceremony will be organized in Doha, Qatar.

Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualified Teams

29 teams have already validated their tickets for Qatar from different regions. 3 more spots will be decided in June. Here are the teams qualified for the World Cup 2022 from different regions.

South America CONMEBOL

From the CONMEBOL region, 4 teams have directly qualified for the World Cup, namely Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Ecuador. The 5th place team in the point table, Peru, have to play an intercontinental play-off against the AFC (Asia) play-off winner, Australia or UAE, in June, for claiming a spot in the World Cup.

Europe UEFA

Almost all the big fishes have qualified for the World Cup 2022 from the UEFA region, excluding the Euro 2020 winner Italy. They cannot qualify for the World Cup for 2 consecutive events, 2018 and 2022. Meanwhile, still, 1 spot is to be claimed from this region. In June, Wales will face Ukraine or Scotland for claiming the final ticket to Qatar.

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Asia AFC

From the AFC region, Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Japan have claimed direct spots in the World Cup 2022. The winner of Australia vs. UAE will face Peru in June for a spot in the World Cup.

Africa CAF

5 teams have qualified from the CAF region, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, and Tunisia. They will be potted according to their FIFA rankings.

North America CONCACAF

Canada, Mexico, and USA, these three teams have earned a direct flight to Qatar. The 4th place team in the point table, Costa Rica, will play against New Zealand, the play-off winner of the OFC region, in June to claim a spot in the World Cup 2022.

Oceania OFC

From the OFC region, New Zealand have earned a spot to play an intercontinental play-off against Costa Rica, in June, for a spot in the World Cup 2022.

Remaining 3 Spots

Out of 32 teams, 29 are qualified. Hence, the final 3 spots will be claimed by –

  1. Wales vs. Ukraine or Scotland
  2. Peru vs. Australia or UAE
  3. Costa Rica vs. New Zealand

The winners of these matches will qualify for the World Cup and be placed in Pot 4 for the World Cup draw.

Pots and Seeded Teams

As almost all the spots are filled for the World Cup 2022, the draw is due on Friday, 1 April 2022.

All the qualified 32 teams (3 teams yet to qualify) have already been divided into 4 pots, Pot 1, Pot 2, Pot 3, and Pot 4. Each Pot consists of 8 teams. The first pot includes Qatar, the host team, and 7 FIFA top-ranked teams. Likewise, pot 2 is formed with the next 8 top-ranked qualified teams according to their FIFA rankings, and so for pot 3 and pot 4.

A group will be formed with 4 teams in the draw, taking 1 team from each pot. A total of 8 groups will be formed with the 32 teams.

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2 or more teams cannot be drawn in the same group from the same region. For instance, Brazil are in Pot 1, Uruguay are in Pot 2; they cannot be drawn in the same group as they are from the CONMEBOL region.

Only 2 teams from the UEFA region can be in the same group. For instance, Spain are in Pot 1, Germany are in Pot 2, they can be drawn into the same group.

Pot 1

There are 8 teams in Pot 1. It includes the host team Qatar, and 7 top-ranked teams, namely Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain, and Portugal.

Brazil and Argentina are in Pot 1. So, they cannot be drawn in the same group for the World Cup 2022.

Pot 2

The next FIFA top-ranked 8 teams are in Pot 2. This pot includes Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Uruguay, Mexico, and the United States.

Each group will be formed with at least one Pot 1 and Pot 2. As things stand, Argentina and Germany can face each other on the group stage. No matter what, at least 2 high-voltage teams will be in the same group.

Pot 3

After pot 2, the next FIFA top-ranked 8 teams are in Pot 3. This pot includes Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, South Korea, and Canada.

2 teams from the same qualifying region cannot be drawn in the same group, except in the UEFA region. Hence, France and Germany, or Spain and Germany, can be drawn into the same group.

Pot 4

The remaining 3 teams who will be qualified for the World Cup in June will be placed in Pot 4 in the draw. Pot 4 includes –

  • Tunisia
  • Cameroon
  • Ecuador
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Ghana
  • Peru/Australia/UAE
  • Costa Rica/New Zealand
  • Wales/Scotland/Ukraine

There will be 4 teams in a group, taking 1 team from each pot. Get ready for an exciting draw for the biggest event on the earth.

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