The draw for the group stage of the 2022 World Cup has been carried out.
29 teams have qualified for the tournament in Qatar, with three more set to be confirmed in June. Peru will face Australia or United Arab Emirates in an inter-continental play-off, while Costa Rica will clash with New Zealand for their place at the competition. The final spot will go to either Scotland, Ukraine, or Wales.
Teams from the same confederation could not be drawn into the same group. UEFA is the only exception to this rule, with a maximum of two European nations per group.
As hosts, Qatar were put in pot one, and the three play-off sides went into pot four. The remaining 28 countries were allocated based on their position in the FIFA World Rankings. Here is what the pots looked like:
Pot 1: Qatar, Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain, Portugal.
Pot 2: Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Croatia, Uruguay, USA, Mexico.
Pot 3: Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, South Korea, Tunisia.
Pot 4: Canada, Ghana, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Scotland/Ukraine/Wales, Peru/Australia/UAE, Costa Rica/New Zealand.
The most exciting tie of the draw comes in Group E, with Spain and Germany being drawn against each other.
Meanwhile, there could be an all-British fixture in Group B, with England coming up against the winner of the UEFA play-off. Scotland, Ukraine and Wales are the three competing for that spot.
Holders France will kick off their campaign with a clash against one of the inter-continental play-off winners. They will face Peru, Australia, or UAE.
The first game of the tournament will kick off on November 21, 2022, with Qatar facing Ecuador.
Full World Cup draw
Costa Rica/New Zealand
- Liverpool to make one last attempt to bring back Michael Edwards to lead post-Klopp rebuild
- Arsenal shortlist four strikers to replace injury-prone Gabriel Jesus
- Premier League reveal April fixture schedule for TV coverage
- Simone Inzaghi wanted by Liverpool, Man United & Chelsea – but who’s the best fit?
- Bowen hat-trick hands West Ham first win of 2024, eases pressure on Moyes
- Chelsea eye Amorim to replace Pochettino this summer
- Analysis: Liverpool did all they could to win the League Cup – and ultimately triumphed
- Everton ten-point deduction reduced to six
- Jurgen Klopp could win the quadruple this season and still not be Liverpool’s best-ever manager
- Chelsea & Man City target set to join Real Madrid in 2024 or 2025