2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – All 32 teams compete

With the FIFA World Cup 2022 looming in Qatar, the 32 sides of the first tournament to be played in the Middle East are gearing up for some of the biggest weeks in their country’s football calendar.

The tournament will be held for the first time in November and December as temperatures can exceed 45 degrees Celsius during a Qatari summer.

Eight stadiums in five cities across the country, the capital Doha, as well as Lusail, Al Khor, Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah will host the games.

Here’s who’s playing, how they qualified and who they’ll face at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Eight stadiums in five cities in Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches in November and December
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Which nations qualified for the World Cup?

32 nations are taking part in the Men’s World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the same number of qualifiers since France 1998.

However, that will change when the 2026 finals are staged in the United States, Canada and Mexico when the number rises to 48.

This time Qatar qualifies as the host country and the 31 other countries qualified via:

  • Africa (CAF): 5th
  • Asia (AFC): 6 (Qatar as hosts plus 1 playoff qualifier)
  • Europe (UEFA): 13th
  • North/Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 4 (1 playoff qualifier)
  • South America (CONMEBOL): 4 (1 playoff qualifier)

Here is a breakdown of each association:

Africa

Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon.

Asia

Qatar (hosts), Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia

Europe

Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Wales

North/Central America & Caribbean

Canada, USA, Mexico and Costa Rica

South America

Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay and Argentina

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Eight stadiums in five cities in Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches in November and December
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World Cup Group Draw

There will be eight groups of four teams each, and this is what they look like:

Group A

Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands

Group B

England, Iran, United States and Wales

Group C

Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland

Group D

France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia

Group E

Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan

Group F

Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia

Group G

Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Group H

Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea

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Rick Schindler

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