Quick Bit: The countdown to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has begun. There are 31 teams that will join the host nation in the first World Cup to be staged in the Middle East.

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There are mere months before another men’s FIFA World Cup. The 2022 Qatar edition will be the first tournament hosted in the Middle East and the first to be held at the end of the calendar year in November and December.

Eight stadiums will host the event across five cities in Qatar: Lusall, Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah and Doha.

The World Cup Draw was conducted on April 1 and we have the complete group stage schedule, including times and schedule. The World Cup knockout stage bracket is predetermined with matchup slots assigned to each of the two teams that will qualify from each group.

Two slots were reserved in Group D and Group E for the winner of the two intercontinental playoffs. Australia claimed the first ticket with a victory on penalties over Peru. Costa Rica beat New Zealand by a 1-0 scoreline in the other intercontinental playoff to claim the 32nd and final slot in Qatar 2022.

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How many teams are in the World Cup?

The 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar will feature 32 teams before the field expands to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup. The FIFA men’s World Cup has featured 32 teams for the last six editions since France 1998.

Joining host nation Qatar at the tournament will be 31 other countries that have earned a ticket to the big dance through regional qualifying matches. It was predetermined how many nations qualified from each region:

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

The four playoff qualifiers in the list above participated in two intercontinental playoff matches played in June 2022, featuring one nation from each of four different regions. Those matchups determined the final two qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup: Asia vs. South America, and North America vs. Oceania.

Asia vs. South America: Australia (3rd in Asian qualifying group) beat Peru (5th in South America) in a penalty-kick shootout on June 13 to claim a place in Qatar. The Socceroos, into their fifth straight World Cup, needed to defeat the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in an Asian confederation playoff just to earn the chance to face Peru.
North America vs. Oceania: It’s Costa Rica (4th place in North America) advancing to the World Cup after beating New Zealand (Oceania winner) 1-0 on June 14 for the final ticket to Qatar. The Ticos will join Germany, Spain and Japan in Group E.

The final European World Cup berth was also determined in June. Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 in a single-elimination playoff final on June 5. (Wales and Ukraine defeated Austria and Scotland, respectively, to reach the final.) The final European qualifying spot was pushed to the June window after Ukraine requested the postponement from the original March date due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWNS:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

When does the World Cup start?

Inaugural matches: Monday, Nov. 21, 2022
World Cup final: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off on a Monday with four matches in Qatar.

The World Cup final will still be held on a Sunday, as per tradition. The trophy will be hoisted by the winner on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.

Which teams have qualified for the World Cup?

All 32 teams have officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including the host nation. The final two spots were filled by the intercontinental playoff winners on June 13 and June 14.

In addition to host nation Qatar, there have been 13 nations from Europe to qualify for the tournament, four from South America, four from Asia, five from Africa, four from North America, and Australia, which is a member of the Asian confederation.

The table below features the full 32-team field for the 2022 World Cup, including the date each nation clinched a berth and how they did it.

No.
Nation (FIFA Ranking)
Region
Date qualified
How qualified
WC apps
Titles (Last)
1
Qatar (51)
Asia
Dec. 2, 2010
Hosts
1 of 22

2
Germany (12)
Europe
Oct. 11, 2021
1st – Grp. J
20 of 22
4 (2014)
3
Denmark (11)
Europe
Oct. 12, 2021
1st – Grp. F
6 of 22

4
Brazil (1)
S. America
Nov. 11, 2021
Top 4
22 of 22
5 (2002)
5
France (3)
Europe
Nov. 13, 2021
1st – Grp. D
16 of 22
2 (2018)
6
Belgium (2)
Europe
Nov. 13, 2021
1st – Grp. E
14 of 22

7
Croatia (16)
Europe
Nov. 14, 2021
1st – Grp. H
6 of 22

8
Spain (7)
Europe
Nov. 14, 2021
1st – Grp. B
16 of 22
1 (2010)
9
Serbia (25)
Europe
Nov. 14, 2021
1st – Grp. A
4 of 22

10
England (5)
Europe
Nov. 15, 2021
1st – Grp. I
16 of 22
1 (1966)
11
Switzerland (14)
Europe
Nov. 15, 2021
1st – Grp. C
12 of 22

12
Netherlands (10)
Europe
Nov. 16, 2021
1st – Grp. G
11 of 22

13
Argentina (4)
S America
Nov. 16, 2021
Top 4
18 of 22
2 (1986)
14
Iran (21)
Asia
Jan. 27, 2022
Top 2 – Grp. A
6 of 22

15
South Korea (29)
Asia
Feb. 1, 2022
Top 2 – Grp. A
11 of 22

16
Japan (23)
Asia
Mar. 24, 2022
Top 2 – Grp. B
7 of 22

17
Saudi Arabia (49)
Asia
Mar. 24, 2022
Top 2 – Grp. B
6 of 22

18
Ecuador (46)
S. America
Mar. 24 2022
Top 4
4 of 22

19
Uruguay (13)
S. America
Mar. 24, 2022
Top 4
14 of 22
2 (1950)
20
Canada (38)
N. America
Mar. 27, 2022
Top 3
2 of 22

21
Ghana (60)
Africa
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
4 of 22

22
Senegal (20)
Africa
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
3 of 22

23
Portugal (8)
Europe
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
8 of 22

24
Poland (26)
Europe
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
9 of 22

25
Tunisia (35)
Africa
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
6 of 22

26
Morocco (24)
Africa
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
6 of 22

27
Cameroon (37)
Africa
Mar. 29, 2022
Playoff
8 of 22

28
USA (15)
N. America
Mar. 30, 2022
Top 3
11 of 22

29
Mexico (9)
N. America
Mar. 30, 2022
Top 3
17 of 22

30
Wales (18)
Europe
June 5, 2022
Playoff
2 of 22

31
Australia (42)
Asia
June 13, 2022
Intercont’l
Playoff
6 of 22

32
Costa Rica (31)
N. America
June 14, 2022
Intercont’l
Playoff
6 of 22

World Cup Group Stage Draw

These were the results of the Group Stage draw conducted in Doha, Qatar on April 1.

Group A
A1: Qatar
A2: Ecuador
A3: Senegal
A4: Netherlands
Group B
B1: England
B2: Iran
B3: USA
B4: Wales
Group C
C1: Argentina
C2: Saudi Arabia
C3: Mexico
C4: Poland
Group D
D1: France
D2: Australia
D3: Denmark
D4: Tunisia
Group E
E1: Spain
E2: Costa Rica
E3: Germany
E4: Japan
Group F
F1: Belgium
F2: Canada
F3: Morocco
F4: Croatia
Group G
G1: Brazil
G2: Serbia
G3: Switzerland
G4: Cameroon
Group H
H1: Portugal
H2: Ghana
H3: Uruguay
H4: South Korea

World Cup Draw Pots

On March 31 FIFA released the updated FIFA World Rankings which were used to sort the teams into separate pots ahead of the draw held on April 1. Each 2022 World Cup group consists of one team from each of the four pots below.

The top eight teams in the World Rankings (as of March 31) went into Pot 1, the next best eight teams into Pot 2 and so on. Pot 4 also contained the three placeholders for the spots yet to be claimed. This process helps ensure there is competitive balance across the groups.

(FIFA World Ranking on March 31, 2022 added in parentheses below. *Qatar was included in Pot 1 as the host nation, which is a FIFA tradition at World Cup events.)

Pot 1
Pot 2
Pot 3
Pot 4
Qatar (51)*
Mexico (9)
Senegal (20)
Cameroon (37)
Brazil (1)
Netherlands (10)
Iran (21)
Canada (38)
Belgium (2)
Denmark (11)
Japan (23)
Ecuador (46)
France (3)
Germany (12)
Morocco (24)
Saudi Arabia (49)
Argentina (4)
Uruguay (13)
Serbia (25)
Ghana (60)
England (5)
Switzerland (14)
Poland (26)
Intercont’l Playoff 1
Spain (7)
USA (15)
South Korea (29)
Intercont’l Playoff 2
Portugal (8)
Croatia (16)
Tunisia (35)
Euro Playoff

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