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FIFA World Cup Playoffs Draw – Live Updates of Friday’s European and Intercontinental Playoffs Draws



For 16 nations, the World Cup playoffs will represent one last chance to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The playoff draw to be held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Friday 26 November will explain exactly what they will have to do (live on FIFA.com, at Youtube and On twitter).

There are a total of five World Cup spots up for grabs, three in the European playoffs and two in the intercontinental playoffs, but all will follow a similar format: each match will be a knockout. It’s either win or go home.

The European playoffs will take place at the end of March 2022, while the two intercontinental playoffs will be played at a neutral venue in June 2022.

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Sporting News will follow the draw live and provide updates on the matchups as they happen, including other details that are shared during the event.

World Cup playoff draw – live updates

European qualifiers (3 places for the World Cup)

There are 12 European nations that are still hopeful of reaching the World Cup after failing to earn a direct spot by finishing first in their qualifying groups.

The 10 runners-up in each qualifying group will be joined by two group winners in the UEFA Nations League (the inclusion of the latter helps increase competitive UEFA Nations League stakes) and the draw will divide them into three different groups, or ‘ roads’ as FIFA prefers to call them (see below). Each one is essentially a “final four”.

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Each group will feature two knockout semi-finals (March 24-25) and then a knockout final (March 28-29). The top six seeds with the highest total points during the group qualifying round (fewer points against last-place teams for those nations participate in qualifying groups of six teams) will host the semifinals. But a draw will determine the team that will host the decisive knockout final.

Pot 1 (seeded teams): Italy, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Wales

Pot 2 (non-seeded teams): Austria, Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine

There is only one condition to consider due to the “team clash prohibited” ruleUkraine and Russia cannot face each other.

Local teams listed first

Support (path) 1

Date Match
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25 Semi # 1: Scotland vs. TBD
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25 Semi # 2: Welsh vs. TBD
Monday / Tuesday, March 28/29 Final

Support (path) 2

Date Match
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25 Semi # 1: Russia vs. TBD
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25 Semi # 2: Sweden vs. TBD
Monday / Tuesday, March 28/29 Final

Support (path) 3

Date Match
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25 Semi # 1: Italy vs. TBD
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25 Semi # 2: Portugal vs. TBD
Monday / Tuesday, March 28/29 Final

Intercontinental playoffs (2 places for the World Cup)

After the European draw, there will be a draw that will determine the matches between the four playoff qualifiers from the four different continents that advanced to the FIFA Intercontinental Playoffs. The two matches will take place in a neutral venue in June 2022.

How to watch the FIFA World Cup playoffs draw

The draw will take place at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Friday, November 26. There will be a live broadcast available on FIFA.com, in Youtubeand on Twitter through official FIFA World Cup handle.




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