2022 World Cup qualifying draw for European section to take place virtually on December 7, FIFA announces – with games to be held between March and November 2021
- The qualifying draw for the European part of the World Cup is set for December
- The event will be held virtually at 5pm GMT due to the coronavirus pandemic
- FIFA said the seeding will be determined by a country’s ranking on November 26
- The finals kick off on November 21, 2022 and will then finish on December 18
The draw will begin at 5pm UK time and will be a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic, with representatives of the various national teams not in attendance.
The 55 teams will be split into five groups of six, and five groups of five. The 10 group winners qualify automatically for the finals in Qatar.
The draw for the European section of 2022 World Cup qualifying will be held on December 7
A further three places are available to European teams. The 10 group runners-up and the two best 2020-21 Nations League group winners will then be involved in play-off matches to determine the continent’s final three representatives at the finals.
Seeding will be determined by a country’s world ranking as of November 26, FIFA said.
There will be six pots – five containing 10 teams and one containing five teams.
France lifted the coveted trophy in 2018 after defeating Croatia in a thrilling final in Moscow
The 10 highest-ranked teams will be allocated to Pot 1, the next 10 highest to Pot 2 and so on until the last five remaining teams have been allocated to Pot 6.
The qualifiers will be played between March and November 2021.
The finals kick off on November 21, 2022 and will finish on December 18 that year.