World Cup 2022 draw – How to watch, who has qualified, how it works
World Cup 2022 draw : The FIFA 2022 World Cup draw is set for Friday in Doha, Qatar, at which point the 32-team field will learn what awaits in November and December as the world’s biggest soccer tournament descends on the Middle East.
Here’s a breakdown of key information ahead of time, before eight groups of four teams each are determined.
How to watch the draw
- When: Friday, April 1
- Time: 12 pm ET
- Watch: Telemundo, FS1
How does the draw work?
All 32 teams will be split into four pots as determined by the FIFA World Rankings released March 31, which will account for the latest set of qualifiers.
Host nation Qatar joins Pot 1 alongside the top seven seeds and will be assigned to Group A. From there, eight groups of four teams each will be determined with one team drawn from Pots 1 through 4.
All the groups – A through H – can have more than one team from each region, except for UEFA. The maximum limit for European teams per group is two.
Who has qualified?
Host nation Qatar automatically qualifies, then 29 other teams gain qualification via their federation’s respective path. They are sorted below:
- UEFA (Europe): Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland
- Conmebol (South America): Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay
- CAF (Africa): Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia
- AFC (Asia): Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Qatar
- Concacaf (North America/Caribbean): Canada
As decided Wednesday evening, Concacaf’s final two spots will go to either the United States, Mexico or Costa Rica.
This June, the final UEFA spot will be determined when Wales faces either Scotland or Ukraine. That Path A route was delayed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The final two teams are to be decided this June in Qatar via playoff paths. They are as follows:
- AFC Fourth Round winner (Australia or United Arab Emirates) vs. Conmebol fifth-place (Peru)
- Concacaf Third Round fourth place (TBD) vs. Oceania winner (New Zealand or Solomon Islands)
When is the World Cup?
Rather than being held in the summer, the quadrennial event is being held during November and December. Qatar 2022 will be contested at eight stadiums across five cities.
The schedule breakdown is below:
- Group stage: Nov. 21 to Dec. 2
- Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
- Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
- Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
- Third place: Dec. 17
- Final: Dec. 18
How does it impact the MLS schedule?
To best align with the 2022 international soccer calendar, the MLS regular season began earlier than ever before, kicking off on Feb. 26. It will run through Decision Day, the regular-season finale, on Oct. 9.
Following three consecutive weeks of Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs action, MLS Cup will be played on Nov. 5, more than two weeks prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Nov. 21 and more than a week prior to the player release date on Nov. 14.
While the wintertime World Cup is causing many leagues abroad to go on pause, the MLS schedule’s cadence fits rather seamlessly into the tournament’s structure.
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