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World Cup Qualifying Playoffs Draw: Qatar 2022 Final Places Worldwide and Europe



The final five spots at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be decided in five different qualifiers to be held around the world in 2022. And we are about to find out much more about them during the qualifiers draw on Friday 26th November.

FIFA will conduct the draw in Zurich at 11 am ET (5 pm CET – Central European Time) and determine the matchups that will allocate the last three places in Europe, as well as the two intercontinental playoff spots (details below). The draw will be broadcast live on FIFA.com.

A total of 32 nations will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar from November 2022. Qatar automatically qualifies as the host and the other 31 finalists will emerge from the regional rankings held around the world.

MORE: Which teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup?

There are 13 countries that have already booked their ticket to Qatar, and others will secure spots during qualifying in January and February. This is how the 31 direct moorings are divided around the world:

  • Africa (CAF): 5
  • Asia (AFC): 4 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
  • Europe (UEFA): 13 (including 3 playoff winners)
  • North / Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
  • Oceania (OFC): 1 playoff qualifier
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)

The four aforementioned playoff qualifiers from the continents of Asia, South America, North America and Oceania will be drawn into two separate “intercontinental” playoff games to be played at a neutral venue with a ticket to Qatar at stake.

Europe has its own playoffs involving 12 countries. They will be included in the last three four brackets. The survivor of each group will head to Qatar.

MORE: Could Cristiano Ronaldo miss the World Cup?

European World Cup Qualifiers (3 places)

Friday’s draw will divide the 12 European playoff teams into three different groups. All 12 playoff teams (10 group runners-up and two Nations League group winners) are seeded: the six teams with the best qualifying record (points and goal difference) are assigned to Pot 1 and the other six They will go to Pot 2.

Pot 1: Italy, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Wales

Pot 2: Austria, Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine

Pot 1 teams will host the semifinal in their respective group. The host of the final will be determined by lottery.

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DateMatchTime (ET)TV channelsStream
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25Semifinal # 1TBDTBD
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25Semifinal # 2TBDTBD
Monday / Tuesday, March 28/29FinalTBDTBD

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DateMatchTime (ET)TV channelsStream
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25Semifinal # 1TBDTBD
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25Semifinal # 2TBDTBD
Monday / Tuesday, March 28/29FinalTBDTBD

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DateMatchTime (ET)TV channelsStream
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25Semifinal # 1TBDTBD
Thursday / Friday, March 24/25Semifinal # 2TBDTBD
Monday / Tuesday, March 28/29FinalTBDTBD

Intercontinental Playoffs of the World Cup (2 places)

There are four national teams that will advance to the FIFA Intercontinental Playoffs:

The November 26 draw will determine which continents will meet in the two knockout matches in June 2022 that will complete the field of 32 World Cup teams. In the past, these were held in two stages, but due to schedule congestion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be single-game eliminations in a neutral venue.

DateMatchTime (ET)TV channelsStream
Mon, June 13Playoff game No. 1TBDTBD
Tuesday June 14Playoff game No. 2TBDTBD

When does the FIFA World Cup start?

  • Opening matches: Monday, November 21, 2022
  • World Cup Final: Sunday, December 18, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins on Monday with four matches in Qatar.

The World Cup final will continue to be held on Sunday, according to tradition. The trophy will be hoisted by the winner on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

Which teams have qualified for the World Cup?

A total of 13 teams have officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including the host nation. That leaves 19 positions to fill in the coming months.

In addition to the host nation Qatar, there have been 10 nations from Europe to qualify for the tournament. Brazil was the first to win a South American spot with five qualifying matches remaining and was joined Argentina.




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