The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Monday 21 November. The first games played will be:
- Senegal against Netherlands
- England against Iran
- Katar against Ecuador
- USA against Wales/Scotland/Ukraine
The final will be played a week before Christmas, on Sunday 18 December, at the Lusail Stadium in Doha.
Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup – Some Facts
Four-time World Cup champions Germany were the first team to secure a place via World Cup qualification, while Brazil, the most successful national team in World Cup history, qualified as one of the top four teams in the South American groups.
Mexico, USA, Senegal, Ghana, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon were also among the countries that qualified for the 2022 World Cup.
Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Denmark, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Croatia finished 1st in their groups. Portugal and Poland advanced to the finals after winning their play-off finals against North Macedonia and Sweden.
The third and final European play-off round, in which Wales will face Scotland or Ukraine, was postponed until June. The winner will take part in the group together with England, Iran and the USA.
In the last games of the play-offs there are competing UAE/Australia, Peru, Costa Rica and New Zealand for the last World Cup tickets.
The 2022 World Cup groups
To reach the final, the teams have to get through the group stage as a first step. The ranking in the groups is determined in the following order:
- number of points from all group matches.
- goal difference from all group matches.
- number of goals scored in all group matches.
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the three criteria mentioned, their ranking will be determined according to the following criteria:
- number of points from the direct encounters.
- goal difference from the direct encounters.
- number of goals scored in the direct encounters.
- fair play ranking, determined by the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches.
- drawing of lots.
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