2022 World Cup Draw
The 2022 World Cup draw takes place on Friday in Doha, Qatar, and will be streamed live online from 16:45 BST as teams discover their group stage opponents.
Twenty-nine of the 32 World Cup teams are known, with two intercontinental play-off matches also set for June.
England will discover their Fifa World Cup 2022 opponents in Friday’s draw. One of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine will also be in Qatar this November and December but will not know until the remaining European play-offs in June.
The World Cup takes place between 21 November and 18 December in Qatar (see your World Cup live streaming options).
Here is everything you need to know about the draw.
2022 World Cup Teams
Pot 1 (seeded teams): Qatar, Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain, Portugal.
Pot 2: Mexico, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Uruguay, Switzerland, USA, Croatia.
Pot 3: Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, South Korea, Tunisia.
Pot 4: Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Wales/Scotland/Ukraine, Costa Rica/New Zealand, UAE/Australia/Peru.
2022 World Cup Format
This World Cup has the same format as the past few tournaments, with teams drawn into eight groups of four.
Teams are seeded based on the Fifa world rankings released on 31 March. Hosts Qatar will be given position A1 from Pot 1 and the top seven ranked teams who have qualified are the other top seeds. England are among them.
The three play-off winners not yet decided (Wales v Scotland/Ukraine, Costa Rica v New Zealand, UAE/Australia v Peru) will be in the bottom pot of seeds.
The draw will start with the teams in the top pot and work downwards, finishing with the bottom pot.
After a team is drawn out, a second ball will be drawn to decide which group they are in.
Teams from the same continent will be kept apart – except for European countries, where a maximum of two can be in any one group.
Unlike in previous World Cups, the match schedule will be decided afterwards and will not happen automatically depending on how teams are drawn out.
Fifa says this provides “scope to provide a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home”.
World Cup Qualifiers
Usually all the teams would be known before the World Cup draw but this year three positions are yet to be decided for two different reasons.
Two intercontinental finals will be played in Qatar on 13 and 14 June. Costa Rica and New Zealand meet in one and in the other Peru will play the winner of the United Arab Emirates v Australia, who meet in the Asian play-off in Doha on 7 June.
Those games were moved from March because of knock-on effects of the Covid pandemic in each continent. All the Oceania qualifiers were played from 17 to 30 March in a mini-tournament in Qatar.
One of the three European play-off routes has been delayed because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Scotland’s semi-final against Ukraine at Hampden Park was postponed from March until an unspecified date in June when it is hoped Ukraine will be in a position to play.
The winner of that game will face Wales, who beat Austria in their semi-final, in Cardiff a few days later for a place at the World Cup.
By 2026, Italy will have gone 20 years without playing in a World Cup knockout game. European champions Italy are the most notable absentees after their play-off defeat by North Macedonia, although they did also miss out on the last World Cup.
Russia also miss out after being kicked out of the play-offs following their country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Norway failed to qualify, meaning Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Braut Haaland will have to wait for his major tournament debut.
Mohamed Salah and Egypt will not be there either after losing to Senegal on penalties.
Nigeria, Algeria and Ivory Coast are also missing from Africa, while South American teams Colombia and Chile also failed to qualify.
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