World Cup 2022 qualifying draw

The World Cup 2022 qualifying draw determines which countries are classified in which groups. All 55 members of UEFA participate in the qualifying draw.

Draw qualification procedure

The draw for the World Cup qualification starts at pot 1 and then goes to pot 2 to pot 6. Each pot is first emptied before moving to the next pot.

Since pot 6 contains only 5 teams, these teams are divided into pools F to J.

Restrictions on qualifying draw 2022 World Cup

When putting together the pools and the schedule, UEFA wants to take into account fairness for the participants, the expectation of the commercial partners and the likelihood that the matches can take place as planned.

This means that there are certain restrictions in the qualifying draw, such as prohibited duels, extremely low temperatures or long travel distances.

If any of the restrictions occur, the computer will assist in the draw. The computer will indicate in which greeting the drawn country will be classified.

The classification of a country by the computer is not only based on the country itself, but also the computer looks at the remaining countries that are still to be drawn. The computer calculates all possible scenarios so that the draw does not get stuck later in the process.

Competition related restrictions

Due to the busy schedule, the 4 teams that play the Nations League finals will be drawn in a group of 5 teams. In addition, the 4 teams cannot be drawn together in the same pool.

Prohibited duels

For example, prohibited duels are countries that are not allowed to play against each other for political reasons.

  • Armenia - Azerbaijan
  • Gibraltar - Spain
  • Kosovo - Bosnia-Herz.
  • Kosovo - Serbia
  • Kosovo - Russia
  • Ukraine - Russia

Extremely low temperatures

10 countries are dealing with extremely low temperatures. To prevent too many games from taking place, a maximum of two countries in the same group may be drawn.

  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Long travel distances

Long travel distances are not desirable for both footballers and fans. Therefore, a maximum of 2 countries that are far apart may be drawn together in the group.

  • From Kazakhstan to Andorra, England, France, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales.
  • From Azerbaijan to Iceland, Gibraltar and Portugal.
  • From Iceland to Armenia, Cyprus, Georgia and Israel.

Pot classification World Cup 2022 qualification draw

The pot layout of the World Cup 2022 qualifying draw includes all 55 participating countries. The teams are classified according to the FIFA Ranking.

Based on this ranking, the 55 countries are divided into 6 pots. Pots 1 through 5 each contain 10 teams and Pot 6 contains the remaining 5 teams.

Pot 1
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5
Team 6
Team 7
Team 8
Team 9
Team 10

 

Pot 2
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5
Team 6
Team 7
Team 8
Team 9
Team 10

 

Pot 3
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5
Team 6
Team 7
Team 8
Team 9
Team 10

 

Pot 4
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5
Team 6
Team 7
Team 8
Team 9
Team 10

 

Pot 5
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5
Team 6
Team 7
Team 8
Team 9
Team 10

 

Pot 6
Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Team 5

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The World Cup 2022 qualifying draw determines which countries are classified in which groups. All 55 members of UEFA participate in the qualifying draw.