The last phase of World Cup qualifiers ended this week and 29 teams out of 32 have now secured their place in Qatar ahead of the tournament, which takes place later this year.
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After the first international break of the year, the final qualifying rounds are for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar have come to an end and 29 out of 32 nations have now secured their place at this year’s tournament.
And now all eyes and attention of the world are on Friday, when the final draw for the 2022 World Cup will be made and each team will find out who they will face in the group stage, which begins in November.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Qatar 2022 World Cup draw, including when it’s taking place, how to watch it, how the draw works and which countries have already qualified.
When is the 2022 FIFA World Cup draw?
The draw for the 2022 World Cup group stage will take place on Friday 1 April at 5pm (BST) at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar.
Only 29 of the 32 nations involved are known at the time of the draw, with two play-offs between the confederations set to take place in June, along with Scotland’s postponed UEFA play-off semi-finals Ukrainebefore the winner takes on Wales in the final.
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who is involved
Qatar qualified automatically as hosts before UEFA group winners Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands followed suit, while Poland and Portugal qualified via the play-offs this week. The winner of the semi-final between Scotland and Ukraine will battle Wales for last place in June.
From South America, Brazil and Argentina qualified in November before Ecuador and Uruguay confirmed their places in the recent international break, while Peru progressed to the play-offs between the confederations in June. North America, Canada, Mexico and the United States all qualified from their region, while Costa Rica advanced to the interconfederation play-offs fourth.
As for Asia, Iran and South Korea qualified in January before Japan and Saudi Arabia joined last week, leaving the United Arab Emirates and Australia in contention for a place in the play-offs between the confederations, while in Africa, Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia have confirmed their participation in Qatar 2022.
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This is how the draw works
This will be the last edition of the 32-team format before expanding to 48 in 2026, meaning Qatar will use the usual structure of eight groups of four teams. The pots for the draw will be decided based on the latest FIFA rankings, with the hosts and the top seven teams entering Pot A.
Pot B contains the next eight top-ranked teams and so on for Pot C and Pot D, although Pot D will contain the two winners of the intercontinental play-offs along with the winner of the remaining UEFA play-offs. Europe is the only continent where more than one nation can be drawn into the same group, with a maximum of two allowed.
In June’s intercontinental play-offs, the United Arab Emirates and Australia will meet Peru, while Costa Rica will take on New Zealand for the last two places at the World Cup.
When is the group stage?
The group stage of the 2022 World Cup will take place from November 21, 2022 to December 2, 2022. The first game features the hosts, Qatar, and another team from Group A. The game will kick off at 13:00 local time (10:00 CET).
2022 World Cup winner odds from Betfred
Brazil – 5/1
France – 11/2
Spain – 15/2
Germany – 9/1
Argentina – 1.11
Belgium – 1.11
Portugal – 14/1
Netherlands – 16/1
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