2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

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2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates6 June 2019 – 14 June 2022
Teams207[a] (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played765
Goals scored2,197 (2.87 per match)
Attendance6,789,008 (8,875 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout
(14 goals)
2018
2026
All statistics correct as of 16 November 2021.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification[b] is the qualifying tournament that decides 31 out of the 32 teams that will play in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the hosts who qualified automatically, Qatar.

Different tournaments were held by each of FIFA's six confederations. The qualifiers started on 6 June 2019 and is planned to end in June 2022. The first match played was between Mongolia and Brunei and the first goal was scored by Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal, a Mongolian player.[1] The qualifiers has had many delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualified teams[change | change source]

Status of countries to the 2022 FIFA World Cup:
  Team has qualified for World Cup
  Team can qualify
  Team eliminated
  Team withdrew from qualifying
  Not a FIFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Appearances[c] Best performance[d]
 Qatar Host nation 2 December 2010 0
 Germany UEFA Group J winners 11 October 2021 19 Champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
 Denmark UEFA Group F winners 12 October 2021 5 Quarter-finals (1998)
 Brazil One of CONMEBOL top four teams 11 November 2021 21 Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 France UEFA Group D winners 13 November 2021 15 Champions (1998, 2018)
 Belgium UEFA Group E winners 13 November 2021 13 Third place (2018)
 Croatia UEFA Group H winners 14 November 2021 5 Runners-up (2018)
 Spain UEFA Group B winners 14 November 2021 15 Champions (2010)
 Serbia UEFA Group A winners 14 November 2021 12 Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 England UEFA Group I winners 15 November 2021 15 Champions (1966)
  Switzerland UEFA Group C winners 15 November 2021 11 Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
 Netherlands UEFA Group G winners 16 November 2021 10 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Argentina One of CONMEBOL top four teams 16 November 2021 17 Champions (1978, 1986)

Qualification process[change | change source]

FIFA's six continental confederations have their own qualifying tournaments. All 211 associations are able to enter qualification. Qatar, qualified automatically because they are the hosts. Qatar still plays in the first two rounds of AFC qualification because it is also qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[2][3] The previous World Cup champions France will participate in qualification as normal.[4] North Korea withdrew from qualification due to safety concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the matches they played were cancelled. Saint Lucia, American Samoa and Samoa also withdrew from the qualifiers.

The amount of available World Cup slots for each confederation was discussed by the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015 in Zürich.[5] The committee decided that the slots would be the same as 2018.[6]

  • CAF (Africa): 5
  • AFC (Asia): 4 or 5[e] (not including Qatar, the hosts)
  • UEFA (Europe): 13
  • CONCACAF (North and Central America and Caribbean): 3 or 4[e]
  • OFC (Oceania): 0 or 1[e]
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 4 or 5[e]
  • Hosts: 1

Summary of qualification[change | change source]

World Map FIFA2.svg
Confederation Available slots for World Cup Total teams Teams eliminated Teams can still qualify Teams qualified Qualifying start date Qualifying end date
AFC 4 or 5[e][f] 46 33 12 0[f] 6 June 2019 13 or 14 June 2022
CAF 5 54 44 10 0 4 September 2019 March 2022
CONCACAF 3 or 4[e] 34[g] 26 8 0 24 March 2021 13 or 14 June 2022
CONMEBOL 4 or 5[e] 10 0 8 2 8 October 2020 13 or 14 June 2022
OFC 0 or 1[e] 9[h] 0 9 0 14 March 2022 13 or 14 June 2022
UEFA 13 55 33 12 10 24 March 2021 29 March 2022
Total 31[f] 208[g][h] 136 59 13[i] 6 June 2019 14 June 2022

Confederation qualification[change | change source]

AFC[change | change source]

The opening two rounds was also qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. That means, Qatar, only plays in the first two rounds of qualifying.[7]

The qualification format is:[8]

  • First round: 12 teams (ranked 35–46) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 40 teams (ranked 1–34, including Qatar the hosts, and the six winners from the first round) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The seven group winners and the five best group runners-up advanced to the third round and also qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar finished as winners in their group, so the fifth-best runners-up advanced to the third round instead.[9]
  • Third round: The 12 teams that advanced from the second round were divided into two groups of 6 teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the World Cup. The third-placed teams of each group will advance to the fourth round.
  • Fourth round: The two third-placed teams in each group from the third round will play against each other in a single match to decide which team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Current stage (third round)[change | change source]

Group A Group B
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Iran 6 16
2  South Korea 6 14
3  United Arab Emirates 6 6
4  Lebanon 6 5
5  Iraq 6 4
6  Syria 6 2
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021.
Source: FIFA AFC
Pos Team Pld Pts
1  Saudi Arabia 6 16
2  Japan 6 12
3  Australia 6 11
4  Oman 6 7
5  China PR 6 5
6  Vietnam (Y) 6 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021.
Source: FIFA AFC
(Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to fourth round

CAF[change | change source]

The qualification format is:[10]

  • First round: 28 teams (ranked 27–54) played home-and-away over two legs. The fourteen winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 40 teams (teams ranked 1–26 and fourteen first round winners) were divided into ten groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The ten group winners advanced to the third round.
  • Third round: The ten teams that advanced from the second round will play home-and-away over two legs. The five winners will qualify for the World Cup.

Current stage (third round)[change | change source]

Qualified teams

CONCACAF[change | change source]

The qualification format is:[11][12][13]

  • First round: CONCACAF teams ranked 6 to 35 in the July 2020 FIFA Rankings were drawn into six groups with five teams in each group and played single round-robin matches (two home and two away), the six group winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: The six first-round group winners played in two-legged home-and-away games. The three winners advanced to the final round.
  • Third round: The three second round winners joined the top five CONCACAF teams (Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras)[14] The top three teams qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-placed team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Current stage (third round)[change | change source]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round

CONMEBOL[change | change source]

The qualification format is:[15]

All ten CONMEBOL teams will play in a league of home-and-away round-robin matches. The top four teams qualify for the World Cup, and the fifth-placed team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Current stage[change | change source]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

OFC[change | change source]

The qualification format is:[16][17]

  • Qualification match: A single-legged match between the two lowest-ranked OFC teams. The winner will advance to the group stage.
  • Group stage: 8 teams (teams ranked 1–7 and one qualification match winner) was divided into two groups of four teams to play round-robin matches in one venue. Each team will play each other once. First and second place from each group advanced the final stage.
  • Final stage: 4 teams will play in a semi-finals. The 2 winners play against each other in the final. The winner advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Current stage (qualification match)[change | change source]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – OFC Qualification Match

UEFA[change | change source]

The qualification format is:[18][19]

  • First round (group stage): Ten groups of either five or six teams with group winners qualifying for the World Cup finals. The four teams in the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals (France, Belgium, Italy, and Spain) were put into the smaller groups.
  • Second round (play-off stage): The ten group runners-up are joined by the best two Nations League group winners, based on the Nations League overall ranking, that finished outside the top two of their qualifying group. These twelve teams were drawn into three play-off paths, playing two rounds of single-match play-offs (semi-finals with the seeded teams to host, followed by finals, with the home teams to be drawn), with the three path winners qualifying for the World Cup.
  • First round (group stage): Ten groups of either five or six teams. The 10 group winners qualify for the World Cup.
  • Second round (play-off stage): The ten group runners-up are joined by the best two Nations League group winners, that did not finish top two of their group in the first round. These twelve teams were drawn into three play-off paths, playing two rounds of single-match play-offs (semi-finals and finals). The three path winners qualify for the World Cup.

Final positions (first round)[change | change source]

Group A Group B Group C
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C
Group D Group E Group F
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group D 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group E 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group F
Group G Group H Group I
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group G 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group H 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I
Group J
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group J

Second round[change | change source]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round

Inter-confederation play-offs[change | change source]

There will be two inter-confederation play-offs[j] to determine the final two qualification spots for the World Cup. They are scheduled to be played in Qatar on 13–14 June 2022.[20][21]

AFC v CONMEBOL[change | change source]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

CONCACAF v OFC[change | change source]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

Goalscorers[change | change source]

There have been 2197 goals scored in 765 matches, for an average of 2.87 goals per match. Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

14 goals

12 goals

11 goals

9 goals

8 goals

Below are goalscorer lists for each confederations and the inter-confederation play-offs:

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Not including North Korea, Saint Lucia, American Samoa, or Samoa, all of whom withdrew from qualification.
  2. The name used in the logo is "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers".
  3. Not including the 2022 tournament.
  4. Not including the 2022 tournament.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Decided by the Inter-Confederation Play-offs.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Not including Qatar, who made it automatically as hosts.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Not including Saint Lucia, who withdrew before CONCACAF qualification began.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Not including American Samoa or Samoa, both of whom withdrew before OFC qualification began.
  9. Including Qatar.
  10. The name used on FIFA's official website is "FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 intercontinental play-offs".

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