- Preliminary draw to be held in Zurich on 7 December at 18:00 CET
- Belgium high seeds in Pot 1
- 13 out of 55 UEFA member associations to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022
As pleasure mounts forward of the UEFA preliminary draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ that is because of happen on 7 December at 18:00 CET as a digital occasion in Zurich, Belgium have been at the moment confirmed as the highest-seeded staff in Pot 1 following the publication of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
The Red Devils will likely be joined in Pot 1 by the opposite high-positioned European teams within the rating: France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Based on the rating, the remaining 45 UEFA member associations will likely be allotted as follows:
Pot 2: Switzerland, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia and Romania
Pot 3: Russia, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece and Finland
Pot 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Belarus, Georgia and Luxembourg
Pot 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia and Andorra
Pot 6: Malta, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and San Marino
The teams drawn will likely be allotted to a gaggle in alphabetical order, from Group A to Group J (i.e. the primary staff drawn will likely be allotted to Group A, the second staff to Group B and so forth). When a draw constraint applies or is anticipated to use, the staff drawn will likely be allotted to the primary obtainable group in alphabetical order as indicated by the draw constraint programme.
As Pot 6 will solely include 5 teams, these teams will likely be drawn into the sixth place in teams F to J.
All teams inside a gaggle will play one another twice in a house-and-away format between March and November 2021. The ten group winners will qualify instantly for Qatar 2022, with the ten runners-up advancing to the play-offs.
Besides the ten runners-up from the group stage, the play-offs will even embrace the 2 greatest group winners from the UEFA Nations League 2020-2021 total rating that didn’t qualify instantly for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and didn’t enter the play-offs as runners-up. The 12 teams will likely be cut up into three play-off paths, which is able to characteristic single-leg knockout matches in March 2022 to find out the final three European nations to guide a spot in Qatar.
The full draw procedures, together with particulars on constraints, can be found right here.
Fans all over the world will have the ability to comply with the draw dwell on FIFA.com and thru FIFA’s broadcast companions.