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When is the World Cup 2022 draw? Date, time and how to watch

By Andrew Francis

Published: 8:55, 1 April 2022

It’s a World Cup year and, despite the tournament not starting until November, excitement is starting to build with the draw for the competition looming.

The tournament was moved from its traditional summer slot due to the intense heat in its host country, Qatar. The 2022 version of the competition will take place this winter, with domestic leagues paused to accommodate international football’s biggest tournament.

This is the final World Cup to feature 32 teams, with the 2026 finals set to be contested by 48 teams and staged by co-hosts Canada, USA and Mexico.


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When is the World Cup draw?

The World Cup draw is scheduled for the 1st April 2022 at 4pm(GMT), and the ceremony will take place in Doha, Qatar.

We’ll know 29 of the 32 team qualified by this point; the Uefa Path A qualifier between Scotland and Ukraine, originally scheduled for March 24th, has been postponed following Russia’s invasion of their country. There are then two inter-confederation ties scheduled to take place in June to determine who will clinch the final two spots at the World Cup.

What are the seedings for the World Cup draw?

The seedings and pots for the World Cup have been released and are as follows:

Pot One Qualification Route FIFA World Ranking
Qatar Hosts 51
Brazil Conmebol Group Winner 1
Belgium Uefa Group E Winner 2
France Uefa Group D Winner 3
Argentina Conmebol Group Runners Up 4
England Uefa Group I Winner 5
Spain Uefa Group B Winner 7
Portugal Uefa Playoff Path C Winner 8

 

Pot Two Qualification Route FIFA World Ranking
Mexico Concacaf Group Runners Up 9
Netherlands Uefa Group G Winner 10
Denmark Uefa Group F Winner 11
Germany Uefa Group J Winner 12
Uruguay Conmebol Group Third Place 13
Switzerland Uefa Group C Winner 14
United States Concacaf Group Third Place 15
Croatia Uefa Group H Winner 16

 

Pot Three Qualification Route FIFA World Ranking
Senegal Caf Playoff Winner 20
Iran AFC Group A Winner 21
Japan AFC Group B Runners Up 22
Morocco Caf Playoff Winner 24
Serbia Uefa Group A Winner 25
Poland Uefa Playoff Path B Winner 26
South Korea AFC Group A Runners Up 29
Tunisia Caf Playoff Winner 35

 

Pot Four Qualification Route FIFA World Ranking
Cameroon Caf Playoff Winner 37
Canada Concacaf Group Winner 38
Ecuador Conmebol Group Fourth Place 46
Saudi Arabia AFC Group B Winner 49
Ghana Caf Playoff Winner 60
Wales or Scotland/Ukraine Uefa Playoff Path A Winner 18 or 39/27
Costa Rica or New Zealand Inter-Confederation Playoff Winner 31 or 101
Peru or Australia/United Arab Emirates Inter-Confederation Playoff Winner 22 or 42

Who has qualified for the World Cup? (odds via Sky Bet*)

The following nations have already secured qualification to the 2022 World Cup

Confederation Nation Outright odds
AFC Qatar (hosts) 150/1
Japan 250/1
Saudi Arabia 1000/1
Iran 750/1
South Korea 500/1
Conmebol Argentina 10/1
Brazil 11/2
Ecuador 200/1
Uruguay 40/1
Uefa Belgium 11/1
Croatia 50/1
Denmark 28/1
England 7/1
France 13/2
Germany 9/1
Netherlands 16/1
Poland 80/1
Portugal 12/1
Serbia 80/1
Spain 15/2
Switzerland 66/1
Concacaf Canada 250/1
United States 100/1
Mexico 100/1
Caf Cameroon 200/1
Ghana 150/1
Morocco 150/1
Senegal 80/1
Tunisia 250/1
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Who could still qualify for the World Cup?

There are still three World Cup spots up for grabs, with the following nations still within a chance of travelling to Qatar in November.

AFC

United Arab Emirates and Australia will meet on June 7, 2022 for the right to face Peru in the inter-confederation playoff match. The winner of that playoff match will qualify for the World Cup.

Concacaf

Costa Rica enter the inter-confederation playoffs against the winner of the OFC’s qualifiers, New Zealand. Their contest is scheduled to take place in mid-June in a one-legged tie for a place in the World Cup.

Conmebol

Peru secured their place in the inter-confederation playoff against either Australia or United Arab Emirates. This match will take place on 13 or 14 June 2022 and the winner will qualify for the World Cup.

OFC

New Zealand beat Solomon Islands in OFC’s final 5-0, meaning they advance to that aforementioned inter-confederation playoff match against Costa Rica.

Uefa

Path A

Wales were able to overcome Austria in the semi-final and will move onto the final where they will face either Scotland or Ukraine. That semi-final tie between Scotland and Ukraine has been postponed due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, with the rearranged fixture taking place in June.

Where to watch the World Cup draw

The World Cup draw is scheduled to be streamed live on FIFA.com on 1st April from 4pm. The entire draw will also be shown on BBC One with coverage starting at 4:45pm (UK time). In the US, the draw will be available on Peacock, Telemundo, and Universo.

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