The first World Cup in the Middle East continues to take place in 2022, with Qatar set to host the biggest tournament in international football at the end of the year.
Qatar 2022 will be historic as the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world and also because of the controversial decision to host the competition in winter.
However, while 2022 still seems like a long way off, the first steps towards the first ball kicked begin in the coming weeks, with the group stage draw and qualifiers coming up in June.
The draw takes place with three final places still to be decided, including two Intercontinental qualifiers scheduled for June, and the rearranged European qualifiers involving the winner of Scotland against Ukraine meeting Wales for a ticket to Qatar.
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Where is the 2022 World Cup draw?
The World Cup group stage draw for Qatar 2022 will take place at the DECC venue in Doha, Qatar on April 1, with an estimated start time of 12 p.m. ET.
It will take place alongside the 72nd Annual FIFA Congress, scheduled for the day before in the Qatari capital.
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World Cup Draw TV channel, stream
- Dated: friday april 1st
- Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
- American TV channel: FS1, Telemundo, Universe
- Distribution in the United States: fuboTVPeacock
- Canadian television channel: TSN (from 11 a.m. ET)
- Canadian broadcast: TSN GO (from 11 a.m. ET)
UNITED STATES: In the United States, the draw will be broadcast on FS1 (English) and on Telemundo and Universo (Spanish). These channels can be aired on fuboTVWhich one is available to new users on a free trial.
Canada: Coverage on TSN will begin at 11 a.m. ET with streaming available on TSN’s GO platform.
Worldwide: FIFA will also provide live coverage, with live streaming on the official FIFA Youtube channel.
The official draw ceremony, in front of a crowd of 2,000 guests, will be led by US national team legend Carli Lloyd, as well as former England international Jermaine Jenas and presenter Samantha Johnson. Former stars and coaches will participate in the draw process, including:
- Tim Cahill
- Ali Daei
- Raba Madjer
- Adel Ahmed MalAllah
- Lothair Matthaus
- Bora Milutinovic
- Jay-Jay Okocha
World Cup draw pots
March 31 FIFA has released the updated FIFA World Rankings which were used to allocate the participating teams in each pot before the April 1 draw.
The top eight teams go to Pot 1, the next top eight teams to Pot 2, and so on. Pot 4 contains the three placeholders for spots yet to be claimed, although some teams vying for those playoff spots have a different pot standing.
The pot groups follow below with the March 2022 FIFA World Rankings in parentheses. (*Qatar is in pot 1 as the host nation, as is customary in tournament tradition).
|Saucepan 1||Saucepan 2||Saucepan 3||Saucepan 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)||United States (15)||South Korea (29)||Intercont’l Playoff 2|
|Portugal (8)||Croatia (16)||Tunisia (35)||Euro Playoff|
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How the World Cup draw for Qatar 2022 works
Speak official FIFA World Cup draw procedureone team will be selected in each pot starting with pot 1 and moving to pot 4. The first team selected in each pot will go to group A, the second to group B and so on until the pot is be empty.
There are geographical restrictions in play: teams from the same region cannot be drawn in the same group, except in the case of Europe. Since there are 13 European countries involved in the draw, the rules establish a maximum of two European teams in a single group.
If a team is removed from the pot in a group that has a geographical restriction, then that team is assigned to the next group in line. For example, if a team cannot make it into Group B, they will be placed in Group C. Then the next team drawn will take the Group B spot that was bypassed.
All teams in Pot 1 are automatically assigned group designation A1, B1, C1, etc. up to Group H. However, for teams in pots 2-4, there is a different method to determine their placement in the group.
Once a team from pot 2 to 4 is selected for a specific group, the group placement of the team will be determined by a selection from a different bowl. For example, if a team is chosen to be in group D, their placement in the group will be determined by the selection of a D2, D3 or D4 ball in a pot.
Why is this group placement important to be randomly selected? He determines the order of the group matches. Matches are pre-determined on different days based on placement in the group. Although each team must play the others in the group anyway, the order of matches is left to chance.
Kick-off times and stadiums
FIFA has already made it clear that while we will know the matches, the world governing body will come back and assign kick-off times and a stadium to each match after the draw to account for television windows in specific countries as well as travel within Qatar for Fans.
Bottom line: The full game schedule with times and locations will come at a later date.