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World Cup Draw: Everything you need to know

Pots, date, and qualified teams – When and where to watch the FIFA World Cup Draw for Qatar 2022

March 31, 2022 By Ali M.
The likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, England, Germany, and Portugal will find out who they will face in the group stage.

The qualifiers for this year's FIFA World Cup is almost complete! This means that bar a few games, all focus has shifted to the highly-anticipated Qatar 2022 tournament, which is set to kick off on November 21.

The likes of Brazil, Argentina, England, Germany, Spain, and defending champions France have all booked their tickets to the Middle-East. However, one key event must take place before the finals can commence: the FIFA World Cup group stage draw.

Which teams have qualified? How will the upcoming draw work? When and where will this take place? Here's everything you need to know about the draw for Qatar 2022.

FIFA World Cup: When will the draw for Qatar 2022 take place?

The draw will take place on Friday, April 1 at a gala at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Qatar's capital. The event will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. GMT / 7 p.m. AST (local time zone).

Which teams have qualified for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup?

As of now, 29 of the 32 available slots have been taken. The three remaining spots will be decided after the FIFA World Cup draw. Here are the teams that have already qualified for Qatar 2022:

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How many FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 spots are available and which teams can qualify?

Three spots are still up for grabs. Those are:

Wales vs Scotland/Ukraine in the European World Cup Playoffs Path A final

Due to the ongoing war, Ukraine's Path A semifinal playoff vs. Scotland was postponed until June. The winner of this tie will go on to face Wales in the final, with Gareth Bale and Co. having beaten Austria 2-1.

The Intercontinental Playoffs

AFC vs CONMEBOL: The winner of the UAE/Australia vs. Peru playoff will qualify for this year's FIFA World Cup.

CONCACAF v OFC: The winner of the Costa Rica vs New Zealand playoff will qualify for this year's FIFA World Cup.

How does the FIFA World Cup draw work?

The group stage will consist of eight groups of four teams. The 32 participants, three of which are yet to be determined, will be split into four pots. Qatar, as the hosts, enter Pot 1 and have been assigned to the A1 slot, meaning they will be in Group A. Of the remaining 31 teams, the seven highest-ranked nations join the Gulf state in Pot 1. The next eight highest-ranked nations (8-15) enter Pot 2, the eight after that (16-23) enter Pot 3, while the five lowest-ranked countries as of March 31, 2022, enter Pot 4. They will be joined by UEFA's Path A winner (Wales/Scotland/Ukraine) and the two Intercontinental Playoffs winners (UAE/Australia/Peru and Costa Rica/New Zealand).

With Qatar entering Group A due to their hosting rights, the remaining seven teams from Pot 1 will be placed in Groups B through H. Each group will contain one team from each pot, meaning two teams from the same spot cannot face off in the first round. Additionally, except for UEFA nations, two teams from the same confederation cannot be drawn in one group.

What are the Pots for the FIFA World Cup draw?

Pot 1

  • Qatar

  • Brazil

  • Belgium

  • France

  • Argentina

  • England

  • Spain

  • Portugal

Pot 2

  • Mexico

  • Netherlands

  • Denmark

  • Germany

  • Uruguay

  • Switzerland

  • United States

  • Croatia

Pot 3

  • Senegal

  • Iran

  • Japan

  • Morocco

  • Serbia

  • Poland

  • South Korea

  • Tunisia

Pot 4

  • Cameroon

  • Canada

  • Ecuador

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Ghana

  • Wales or Scotland/Ukraine

  • Costa Rica or New Zealand

  • UAE/Australia or Peru 

Where to watch the FIFA World Cup group stage draw for Qatar 2022 live


Match details, result and original broadcast info

FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw

April 1, 2022 12:00pmDoha Exhibition and Convention Center

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Key dates for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup 

Group stage: November 21 to December 2

Round of 16: December 3-6 

Quarterfinals: December 9 and 10

Semifinals: December 13 and 14

Third-place playoff: December 17

Final: December 18

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