World Cup 2022: What is the state of play outside of Europe in qualifying for Qatar?

It is crunch time on the street to Qatar 2022 however with the European slots almost executed and dusted, there are nonetheless a number of areas left for nations throughout the globe.

The qualification image for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar is beginning to emerge with 13 of the 32 finalists now identified.

But whereas Portugal and Italy are heading for the nervy and newly-designed European play-offs, which established footballing nations are additionally sweating over their place at subsequent winter’s showpiece occasion? We check out the state of play involving the different confederations.

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Qualified: Qatar

Europe – UEFA (13 locations whole)

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will play in March's World Cup play-offs to attempt to attain Qatar 2022

Qualified: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland.

To be determined: A 12-team play-off event subsequent March will decide Europe’s ultimate three qualifiers.

The seeded groups concerned: Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Wales.
The unseeded groups concerned: Austria, North Macedonia, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic

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When is the play-off draw and the way will it work?

The draw will happen in Zurich on Friday November 26 from 4pm, UK time.

The six best-ranked runners-up – based mostly on standards that begins with quantity of factors, objective distinction and targets scored – will likely be allotted to Pot 1 and drawn in six semi-finals as the residence group.

The remaining groups will then be drawn from Pot 2 to semi-finals 1-6.

There will likely be three play-off paths, with every offering a World Cup finalist.

Semi-finals 1 and a couple of make up play-off path A, semi-finals 3 and 4 kind path B and semi-finals 5 and 6 will contest path C.

To decide which semi-final winner will play at residence in the ultimate, a further draw will likely be held for every path.

South America – CONMEBOL (4/5 locations)

Brazil and Argentina have each certified

Qualified: Argentina, Brazil.

Argentina drew 0-0 at residence with Brazil in a tense and end-to-end sport on Tuesday, however outcomes elsewhere meant the level they earned was sufficient to safe them a spot in subsequent 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar.

Brazil, who assured their spot final week, high the 10-team South American qualifying part with 35 factors and Argentina have 29, six clear of third-placed Ecuador.

The high 4 groups qualify mechanically, and the fifth-placed facet go into an inter-regional play-off.

Even the Argentina gamers didn’t know that they had certified till effectively after the match in San Juan. It was solely after Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia recorded wins later in the night that the Argentinians had been mathematically assured of their place in Qatar.

To be determined: There are 4 rounds of fixtures remaining in South America’s 10-team qualifying competitors, from which the high 4 qualify mechanically.

The fifth-placed facet will get one other probability in the intercontinental play-offs*.

Ecuador and Colombia presently occupy the remaining two computerized spots with Peru an in depth fifth however Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay are all nonetheless in competition.

*The intercontinental play-offs will see one facet from Asia, South America, North/Central America/Caribbean and Oceania play two-legged ties to find out the final two berths. They will happen in June 2022.

Asia – AFC (4/5 locations)

Heung-Min Son is hoping to succeed in Qatar 2022 with South Korea

The high two finishers in each of Asia’s qualifying teams advance mechanically to Qatar 2022 whereas the groups in third spot will progress to a collection of play-offs.

The high two in every group mechanically qualify with the two third-placed sides dealing with one another for the proper to play in the intercontinental play-offs.

Qualified: None.

To be determined: There are 4 rounds of fixtures remaining in the ultimate 12-team stage of qualifying, in which groups are divided into two teams of six.

Iran moved inside touching distance of a 3rd consecutive World Cup finals look as Dragan Skocic’s facet brushed Syria apart 3-0 in Amman on Tuesday to take care of their unbeaten run in Group A of Asia’s preliminaries for Qatar 2022.

Sardar Azmoun, Ehsan Hajsafi and Ali Gholizadeh had been all on the right track as the Iranians moved on to 16 factors from six video games in Group A and victory over Iraq when qualifying resumes on January 27 would safe their spot at subsequent 12 months’s event.

The Iranians are two factors clear of South Korea, who enhanced their hopes of progressing with a 3-0 win over Iraq in Doha, whereas the United Arab Emirates moved into third place on six factors by handing hosts Lebanon a 1-0 defeat.

Iran and South Korea are effectively clear in Group A with the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria apparently competing for third spot.

Saudi Arabia head Group B with Japan and Australia in a decent battle for second/third.

The two third-placed groups in every group from the third spherical will play in opposition to one another in a single match to find out which group advances to the inter-confederation play-offs*.

*The intercontinental play-offs will see one facet from Asia, South America, North/Central America/Caribbean and Oceania play two-legged ties to find out the final two berths. They will happen in June 2022.

Africa – CAF (5 locations)

Sadio Mane and Senegal are nonetheless in the combine for one of 5 African berths

All 54 FIFA-affiliated soccer associations from CAF entered qualification and the second spherical has simply completed.

Among the nations to have didn’t progress from the second spherical are Togo, South Africa, Gabon and Ivory Coast.

For Ivory Coast, their failure to succeed in Qatar is being considered again residence as a catastrophe given their wealth of expertise. The nation made the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, earlier than failing to qualify in 2018.

Qualified: None.

To be determined: The third spherical will happen subsequent 12 months, when the 10 groups will likely be drawn into 5 two-legged ties with the mixture winners representing Africa in Qatar. The two-legged ties will likely be performed between March 24-29.

Those concerned are Algeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

All however one of the 10 nations which have superior to the final stage of Africa’s World Cup qualifiers can have one other matter on their instant agenda earlier than figuring out who performs at the 2022 finals in Qatar.

Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia are all on target to qualify for Qatar however compete at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January earlier than switching focus again to World Cup qualification in March.

Only the Democratic Republic of Congo are via to the final spherical of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries regardless of having flopped in the Cup of Nations qualifiers this 12 months.

North/Central America & Caribbean – CONCACAF (3/4 locations)

Alphonso Davies has helped Canada to the high of the group

Qualified: None

To be determined: There is nonetheless lots to play for with six rounds of fixtures remaining in the eight-team ultimate qualifying group. The high three sides qualify mechanically with fourth place heading to the intercontinental play-offs*.

Currently simply two factors separate the high 4 of Canada, USA, Mexico and Panama. Costa Rica, Jamaica and El Salvador have work to do however usually are not out of the reckoning.

In the most up-to-date spherical of fixtures, Cyle Larin struck twice to raise Canada to a 2-1 win over Mexico in frigid Edmonton on Tuesday, enabling the host nation to climb to the high of the standings.

Through eight matches Canada stay the solely unbeaten group, sitting in first place on 16 factors adopted by the USA with 15 after a 1-1 draw with Jamaica.

It is an unfamiliar spot for the Canadians who’ve solely as soon as earlier than certified for a World Cup, in 1986.

*The intercontinental play-offs will see one facet from Asia, South America, North/Central America/Caribbean and Oceania play two-legged ties to find out the final two berths. They will happen in June 2022.

Oceania – OFC (0/1 place)

Can Burnley's Chris Wood fireplace New Zealand to Qatar?

Qualified: None

To be determined: The Oceania qualifying course of – which ensures solely an entrant in the intercontinental play-offs slightly than the finals event itself – is nonetheless to start as a result of the sensible difficulties introduced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Plans are nonetheless to be finalised however a mini-tournament between the area’s 11 groups may happen in March.

The 11 OFC groups will likely be cut up into two teams throughout the first spherical based mostly on their FIFA Ranking, and play single round-robin matches at centralised places. The high two groups of every group advance.

During the second spherical, the 4 groups will play knockout two-legged home-and-away matches, consisting of the semi-finals and ultimate. The winner advances to the inter-confederation play-offs*.

The nations in the area are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu.

*The intercontinental play-offs will see one facet from Asia, South America, North/Central America/Caribbean and Oceania play two-legged ties to find out the final two berths. They will happen in June 2022.

What is the World Cup format and schedule?

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will characteristic 32 groups in eight teams of 4.

Four matches will likely be performed every day throughout the group stage, which is able to run over a 12-day interval and see winners and runners-up progress to the spherical of 16.

Matches will solely be assigned to explicit venues after the finals draw, so organisers can select optimum kick-off occasions to swimsuit tv audiences in completely different nations, in addition to supporters in Qatar.

The finals draw is scheduled to happen in April 2022, after the March window for worldwide fixtures.

Unlike at Euro 2020, there will likely be a third-place play-off sport on December 17.

Group stage: November 21- December 2
Round of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Final: December 18

When will the matches kick off?

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FIFA has confirmed the first two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm native time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the United Kingdom).

Kick-off occasions in the ultimate spherical of group video games and knock-out spherical matches will likely be at 6pm and 10pm native time (3pm and 7pm UK time).

The ultimate is scheduled to kick off at 6pm native time (3pm UK time)

What are the venues?

This computer-generated picture reveals an artists impression of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium in the host metropolis of Doha

The group video games will happen throughout eight stadia: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.

What occurs to the Premier League in 2022/23?

The Premier League has confirmed key dates for the 2022/23 marketing campaign, with the season adjusted to accommodate a World Cup that takes place in the center of the home calendar.

The season will begin per week sooner than regular on August 6 2022, with 16 matchdays happening as much as the weekend of November 12/13, earlier than the event kicks off on November 21.

The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day following the World Cup ultimate, which takes place on December 18.

The ultimate match spherical of the 2022/23 season will likely be performed on May 28 2023.

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