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2022 World Cup: all you need to know about the qualifying draw 

The 22nd edition of the World Cup will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Find all the information you need to know two years before kick-off and before the draw for the qualifiers in the Europe zone on December 7 in Zurich.

This Saturday, November 21, 2020, two straight years will separate players and fans of the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (21 November-18 December 2022). A poster of which we obviously do not yet know the protagonists since the playoffs are underway. They have not yet even started in Africa, Concacaf (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) or in Europe. For the latter, the draw will take place soon.

When will the draw for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe take place?

The draw for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for the Europe zone will take place on Monday, December 7 in Zurich, at the headquarters of Fifa. The qualifying campaign will begin in March 2021 and end in November 2021. Note that the qualifiers have already started in South America (find the results and standings here) and in Asia.

How will the draw for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe take place?

55 teams will be divided into ten groups. Five groups will consist of six teams and five groups will consist of only five teams. The countries qualified for the Final Four of the League of Nations (6-10 October 2021), including France, will automatically be placed in groups of five teams for scheduling reasons. Italy, Belgium and Spain are also concerned. These four teams will be placed in one of the five-team groups (AE groups) and cannot be in the same group. These could not in any case not compete since they are all part of the seeds (hat 1) decided according to the Fifa ranking of November 2020. The first of each group will be qualified directly for the 2022 World Cup. The ten runners-up will have to go through play-offs to qualify.

What is the composition of the hats for the European zone playoff draw?

– Hat 1: Belgium, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands

– Hat 2: Switzerland, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania

– Hat 3: Russia, Hungary, Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece, Finland

– Hat 4: Bosnia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Belarus, Georgia, Luxembourg

– Hat 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Island, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Andorra

– Hat 6: Malta, Moldova, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Gibraltar

What would be a good draw and a bad draw for the Blues?

One of the best prints: Slovakia, Greece, Luxembourg, Andorra

One of the worst draws: Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia

How will the dams take place?

Three tickets will be awarded via play-offs contested by the ten teams who finished second in their group. The two best group winners of the last Nations League will also participate, who finished neither first nor second in a qualifying group. The dams will be divided into three lanes. Each of these routes will have two semi-finals, which are played in a knockout match. The winners of each semi-final advance to the final of their route, also played in a knockout match. A draw will determine beforehand who will play it at home. The winners of the three finals qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Where is Qatar in terms of infrastructure?

According to Fifa, the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup is “90%” complete. Three of the eight stadiums that will host the matches from November 21 to December 18, 2022 have been completed: Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Cité de l’Education. More than 100 matches were played in these three venues in 2020. Three other stadiums are in the process of being finalized: Al Rayan, Al Beyt and Al Themama. As for the other two stadiums, Ras Abou Aboud and Lusail, the work should be completed in 2021. Let us recall that the 22e World Cup promises to be the most compact in history geographically. The longest distance between two stadiums is only 75 km (from Al Beyt to Al Janoub), while the shortest is only 5 km (from Education City to Al Rayan). It must be said that Qatar is about 55 times smaller than France (11,586 km2 against 632,734 km2).

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