The journey to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 has commenced. The main tournament’s draw would take place on April 1, which is more than seven months prior to the commencement of the tournament on November 21, 2022.
The competition will last about a month, with the final taking place on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Lusail Stadium, as is typical.
The 32 teams competing will all be planning on making it through the six rounds that lead up to the final match and supersede 2018 champions France as global champions.
The 2022 edition will not only be the first to be hosted in the Middle East, but it will also be the last to be held under the present structure until the tournament is upgraded to 48 countries in 2026.
COVID-19 has prompted mischief on the schedule, thus three of the 32 spots in the field will be confirmed in June, a few months after the group-stage draw on April 1.
The 32 countries that will participate in the 2022 World Cup, of which 29 are now confirmed, will be divided into eight four-team groups.
The winners of the Intercontinental Play-offs on June 13 or 14 will fill two of the remaining three spaces, with the final berth chosen by Path A of the European Qualifying Play-offs, in which Wales will face either Scotland or Ukraine in the final.
Attendees of the draw
Carli Lloyd, Jermaine Jenas, and Samantha Johnson will spearhead the draw, which will be attended by 2,000 people, with assistance from Cafu (Brazil), Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Adel Ahmed MalAllah (Qatar), Ali Daei (IR Iran), Bora Milutinovic (Serbia/Mexico), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), and Tim Cahill (Australia).
Countries according to pots in the world cup 2022
Qatar occupies position A1 in Pot 1, where the FIFA Ranking’s seven highest-ranked eligible teams join them. The countries currently ranked 8–15 in the qualified team ranking have already been assigned to Pot 2, whereas the 16th–23rd best-ranked qualifiers have been assigned to Pot 3.
Finally, Pot 4 features the eligible teams ranked 24 to 28, as well as three placeholders, which indicate the two intercontinental play-off winners and the remaining UEFA play-off winners.
After matches have been allotted to a stadium and a kick-off time for each matchday, the match schedule will be determined.
The World Cup will be held between November 21 and December 18, 2022, with the group stage spanning 12 days and four matches to be played on each day of the global tournament.
Non-European teams are not allowed to be put up against teams from the same confederation. If the US wins the playoff against the top-finishing team from the OFC, it really isn’t eligible to play Mexico, Canada, or the fourth-place finisher from CONCACAF.
In a similar vein, the European playoffs have been made more perilous by the combined suspension of Russia by FIFA and UEFA following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Poland was slated to face Russia in a playoff match, but owing to Russia’s suspension, Poland was granted a bye to the final.
In the game, Poland vanquished Sweden 2-0, and Robert Lewandowski will lead Poland to the World Cup, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be able to, as his country got heartbroken and subjugated by Poland.
Another player who will be there is Cristiano Ronaldo, who inspired Portugal to a 2-0 victory over North Macedonia at home. That success came after a 3-1 victory over Turkey at the Dragao Stadium in Porto. Upon defeating Italy, North Macedonia’s fantasy run has come to an abrupt end.
Owing to the atrocities generated by Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s playoff match in Scotland has indeed been suspended until June. Wales will host the winner of that match, which will take place in June.