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2022 FIFA World Cup - European Qualifying Draw

  • The European Qualifiers draw was made on 7 December in Zurich
  • Seedings were based on FIFA World Rankings
  • Teams were split into ten groups of five or six
  • Matchday 1 will be played on 24-25 March 2021
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World Cup title holders France face Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina & Kazakhstan in Group D (Getty Images)

The draw for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying was made in Zurich with each European nation able to plot their path to the tournament in Qatar.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying


Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan

Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo

Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan

Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia

Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar

Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta

Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino

Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein

Group Stage


Teams have been split into ten groups of five or six teams. The ten group winners qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Play-offs


The ten group runners-up will be joined by the two best group winners of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall ranking that failed to qualify directly as group winners.

The 12 teams will be drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals and a final. The three path winners qualify for the World Cup.

Key Dates


  • Matchday 1: 24–25 March 2021
  • Matchday 2: 27–28 March 2021
  • Matchday 3: 30–31 March 2021
  • Matchday 4: 1–2 September 2021
  • Matchday 5: 4–5 September 2021
  • Matchday 6: 7–8 September 2021
  • Matchday 7: 8–9 October 2021
  • Matchday 8: 11–12 October 2021
  • Matchday 9: 11–13 November 2021
  • Matchday 10: 14–16 November 2021
  • Play-offs: 24, 25, 28, 29 March 2022
  • 2022 World Cup: 21 November–18 December 2022
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