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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022 to take centre stage on 7 December

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - UEFA preliminary draw for FIFA World Cup 2022™ to take centre stage on 7 December

  • Preliminary draw to be held in Zurich at 18:00 CET on 7 December
  • Road to Qatar 2022 to be mapped out for 55 European member associations
  • Ceremony to be stay-streamed on

With FIFA World Cup 2022™ preliminary-competitors motion already beneath means in Africa, Asia and South America, UEFA’s 55 member associations are eagerly trying forward to the beginning of their very own race to attain Qatar 2022, with 13 berths obtainable. Their anticipation might be heightened on 7 December, when the preliminary draw will take place at 18:00 CET in Zurich.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, the ceremony might be held as a digital occasion with out the presence of member associations’ representatives.

Europe’s street to the FIFA World Cup 2022 will function a bunch stage comprising 5 teams of six groups and 5 teams of 5 groups. All groups inside a bunch will play one another twice in a house-and-away format between March and November 2021. The ten group winners will qualify immediately 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 immediately for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and didn’t enter the play-offs as runners-up. The 12 groups might be break up into three play-off paths, which can function single-leg knockout matches in March 2022 to decide the final three European nations to guide a spot in Qatar.

Pot allocation

For the sake of the preliminary draw, the 55 collaborating groups might be allotted to six pots – 5 containing ten groups and one containing 5 groups – primarily based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of 26 November 2020.

The ten highest-ranked groups might be allotted to Pot 1, the following ten highest to Pot 2 and so on till the final 5 remaining groups have been allotted to Pot 6.

The groups drawn might be allotted to a bunch in alphabetical order, from Group A to Group J (i.e. the primary crew drawn might be allotted to Group A, the second crew to Group B and so forth). When a draw constraint applies or is anticipated to apply, the crew drawn might be allotted to the primary obtainable group in alphabetical order as indicated by the draw constraint programme.

As Pot 6 will solely include 5 groups, these groups might be drawn into the sixth place in teams F to J.

The full draw procedures, together with particulars on constraints, can be found right here.

Live protection on

Fans world wide might be ready to observe the draw stay on and thru FIFA’s broadcast companions. 

To date, 146 out of 900 FIFA World Cup 2022 preliminary-competitors matches have been performed and 191 groups stay within the race for one of many 31 berths which can be nonetheless up for grabs. Hosts Qatar have certified robotically and can kick off the event on Monday 21 November 2022 at 13:00 native time (11:00 CET) at Al Bayt Stadium.

Further particulars on the FIFA World Cup 2022 preliminary competitors can be found on

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