FIFA World Cup 2022 draw: How it works, which teams have qualified, rules, streaming information

Football World Cup 2022 draw: Here's all you need to know about the draw, which takes place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre on April 1.

The FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar from November-December.   -  AFP

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the first World Cup in the middle-east and the last one with 32 countries, with FIFA planning to expand the tournament to 48 nations from 2026.

Follow the draw live here: FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw: How it works, streaming info, timings in IST, live updates

When and where is the World Cup draw?

The draw is scheduled to happen on April 1 at 9:30 pm IST at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre in Qatar.

Where can you watch the World Cup draw ?

The FIFA World Cup 2022 draw will be telecast on Network 18 and will be available on the OTT platform Voot as well as Jio TV.

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Which teams have qualified?

  • Host — Qatar
  • UEFA — Belgium, France, England, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Serbia, Portugal, Poland
  • CONMEBOL — Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador
  • AFC — Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia
  • CAF — Cameron, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia
  • CONCACAF — Canada, USA, Mexico
  • OCEANIA — TBD

Only three of the 32 teams remain to be confirmed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with them to be decided through the inter-confederation playoffs and the eliminator between Wales and the winner of Scotland vs Ukraine.   -  GRAPHIC NEWS

 

How does the World Cup draw work?

The 32 qualified countries will be distributed into four pots based on FIFA’s ranking as on March 31. The three slots for the sides, which are undecided, will have placeholders for the draw.

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
QatarNetherlandsIranEcuador
BrazilDenmarkJapanSaudi Arabia
BelgiumGermanyMoroccoGhana
FranceSwitzerlandSerbiaCanada
ArgentinaUruguayPolandCameroon
EnglandCroatiaSouth KoreaWales/Scotland/Ukraine
SpainUSASenegalNew Zealand/Costa Rica
PortugalMexicoTunisiaPeru/Australia/UAE

 

What are the rules for the draw?

  • Qatar, being the host, will join the seven best ranked sides in Pot 1 as one of the top-seeded teams.
  • Eight groups of four teams each will be created with one team from each pot to form Groups A to H.
  • Except Europe, no group should have more than one country from the same region.
  • Europe, having 13 slots – the most in the tournament – will be allowed a minimum of one and a maximum of two teams in the same group.

When is the World Cup starting?

FIFA World Cup 2022 starts from November 21, with the opening fixture between the host Qatar and another team from Group A. The kickoff is set at 3:30 pm IST.

The World Cup final will be played on December 18, with the kick-off scheduled for 8:30 pm IST.

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