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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – Asia World Cup qualifying: What’s subsequent?

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - Asia World Cup qualifying: What’s next?
  • 12 groups in Asia are nonetheless in competition to qualify for the World Cup
  • Round 3 draw to happen on 1 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • FIFA.com breaks down every little thing it’s worthwhile to know

The path to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has reached a pivotal stage in Asia.

Twelve groups have certified for the third spherical after an almost two-12 months lengthy journey in Round 2. Group winners Syria (A), Australia (B), IR Iran (C), Saudi Arabia (D), Japan (F), United Arab Emirates (G) and Korea Republic (H) will probably be joined by the 5 greatest runners-up: China PR (A), Oman (E), Iraq (C), Vietnam (G) and Lebanon (H). Qatar completed as winners of Group E, however as hosts have already certified for the World Cup and won’t take part within the subsequent spherical of qualifying.

What’s subsequent?

The 12 groups will probably be cut up into two teams of six in a house-and-away, spherical robin format. The winners and runners-up in every group (4 whole) will qualify immediately for the World Cup finals, whereas the third-positioned groups will advance to the fourth spherical, the place they are going to play to find out which crew will advance to the intercontinental play-off.

When’s the draw?

The third spherical draw will probably be performed on 1 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Games within the third spherical are scheduled to be performed on the next match days: 2 September 2021, 7 September 2021, 7 October 2021, 12 October 2021, 11 November 2021, 16 November 2021, 27 January 2022, 1 February 2022, 24 March 2022 and 29 March 2022.

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How will the seedings for the draw work?

FIFA has launched a particular FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking particularly for Asia as we speak, 18 June 2021, which will probably be used to find out the seeding for the draw. Qatar, whereas ranked fifth on this rating and winners of Group E in Round 2, is not going to be taking part within the third spherical.

Team Points
1. Japan 1529.45
2. IR Iran 1522.04
3. Australia 1477.21
4. Korea Republic 1474.96
6. Saudi Arabia 1386.03
7. United Arab Emirates 1362.30
8. Iraq 1354.51
9. China PR 1352.68
10. Oman 1304.20
11. Syria 1302.75
13. Vietnam 1260.85
16. Lebanon 1236.82

How will the draw work?

Teams will probably be divided into six pots in keeping with the FIFA Ranking revealed on 18 June 2021: Pot 1: Teams ranked 1-2, Pot 2: 3-4, Pot 3: 5-6, Pot 4: 7-8, Pot 5: 9-10, Pot 6: 11-12. The pot quantity corresponds to the place the crew will probably be positioned within the group.

The first and second ball drawn from every pot will probably be positioned in Groups A and B respectively. The draw will start with Pot 6, the place the primary ball drawn will probably be positioned in place A6. The subsequent ball drawn will probably be positioned in place B6, till the sequence is accomplished right through to Pot 1.

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