The World Cup 2022 qualifying draw determines which countries qualify for the World Cup. This helps determine who qualifies for the World Cup next year.

Everyone plays an important role, and no one is left out of the final round of qualifying.

The World Cup qualification draw takes place on December 7, 2020, in Zurich, Switzerland.

The draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup can be seen live from 6 pm (CET) on

In the US, the draws are conducted by people, and otherwise, they’re 100% virtual.

Results World Cup qualifying draw

The draw for the World Cup qualification has been made and the result is known.

This is the FIFA World Cup qualification schedule for 2022.

England will play in group 1 of the World Cup qualification.

In this FIFA World Cup, you’ll be supporting your country as they compete against Croatia, Mexico, Peru, and New.

Draw qualification procedure

Draw for World Cup qualifying starts at pot one, then pots two to six.

When one pot is empty, it’s time for you to move to the next pot.

The teams are drawn into groups in alphabetical order.

It is the order of drawing that determines the groups, not who is drawn first.

The computer will tell you which country is affected by the restrictions for each group and the country will be moved to the next available group.

Pot 6 consists of five teams, which will play in pools F to J.

Pot classification World Cup 2022 qualification draw

The final pot layout for the World Cup qualifying draw includes all 55 participating nations.

The teams are classified based on the FIFA World Ranking of November 26, 2020.

This ranking of 55 countries is based on their level of prosperity, quality of life, and development.

If you’ve played the game before, you know that if you get to pot 6, you win.

This season’s World Cup will be divided into ten groups, with two teams from each group advancing to the next stage.

Pot 1
Belgium Belgium
France France
England England
Portugal Portugal
Spain Spain
Italy Italy
Croatia Croatia
Denmark Denmark
Germany Germany
Netherlands Netherlands
Pot 2
Switzerland Switzerland
Wales Wales
Poland Poland
Sweden Sweden
Austria Austria
Ukraine Ukraine
Serbia Serbia
Turkey Turkey
Slovakia Slovakia
Romania Romania
Pot 3
Russia Russia
Hungary Hungary
Ireland Ireland
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Norway Norway
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Iceland Iceland
Scotland Scotland
Greece Greece
Finland Finland
Pot 4
Bosnia Herz. Bosnia Herz.
Slovenia Slovenia
Montenegro Montenegro
Macedonia Macedonia
Albania Albania
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Israel Israel
Belarus Belarus
Georgia Georgia
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Pot 5
Armenia Armenia
Cyprus Cyprus
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Estonia Estonia
Kosovo Kosovo
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Lithuania Lithuania
Latvia Latvia
Andorra Andorra
Pot 6
Malta Malta
Moldavia Moldavia
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Gibraltar Gibraltar
San Marino San Marino

Restrictions on qualifying draw 2022 World Cup

When putting together the pools for the group stages, UEFA wants to ensure that the group stages are fair for the participants and that the games will go ahead as planned.

This means that you’ll have to play a qualifying match at very low temperatures, or that the game may be moved due to poor weather conditions or long travel distances.

If any of the restrictions occur, the computer will assist in the draw.

The computer will indicate the category the country is being classified as.

Many countries have been classified using computers. The results from the computer are influenced by a lot of factors including the country itself.

The computer calculates all possible scenarios so that the draw does not get stuck later in the process.

Competition related restrictions

With all the busy schedules, the 4 teams that play in the Nations League finals will be drawn into a group of 5 teams.

The four teams will not be drawn into the same pool.

Prohibited duels

For example, prohibited duels are countries that are not allowed to play against each other for political reasons.

  • Armenia – Azerbaijan
  • Gibraltar – Spain
  • Kosovo – Bosnia-Herz.
  • Kosovo – Serbia
  • Kosovo – Russia
  • Ukraine – Russia

Extremely low temperatures

10 countries are dealing with extremely low temperatures. To prevent too many games from taking place, a maximum of two countries in the same group may be drawn.

  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Long travel distances

Long travel distances are not desirable for both footballers and fans. Therefore, a maximum of 2 countries that are far apart may be drawn together in the group.

  • From Kazakhstan to Andorra, England, France, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and Wales.
  • From Azerbaijan to Iceland, Gibraltar, and Portugal.
  • From Iceland to Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia, and Israel.

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