Only eight months remain till the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. It’s time for the FIFA World 2022 Draw right now that’ll set the group stage matchups and sites. Find out how does the FIFA World Cup Draw works, which teams are in contention, when does it start, and how to watch it live.
29 Countries have officially confirmed their berth to play in the World Cup in Qatar, whereas, three spaces are still up for competition via continental and intercontinental playoffs that will take place in June.
The 32 nations in the final stage will be broken up into four Pots based on the FIFA World Rankings as of March 31, 2022. While the hosts and top seeds will compete for a place in Pot 1, the losers will be sent to Pot 4. After that, groups A to H will be filled in an orderly manner by selecting names from each pot.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw Date and Start Time
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw will take place on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha, Qatar. At 7 p.m. local time, or 12 p.m. eastern time, or 9 a.m. Pacific Time, or 4 p.m. GMT, the live coverage will begin.
The 32 teams in Pots 1 through 4 will be divided into eight groups by the Draw: Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H.
Group A will begin with the first team selected from each Pot, followed by Group B, and so on until each qualified team is assigned a group.
All 32 Teams in Contention by Region
Listed below are all 32 teams, including the 29 definites and 3 potentials, organized geographically:
Australia/United Arab Emirates will play in an Inter-Confederation playoff match in June
Scotland/Ukraine or Wales
Costa Rica will play in an Inter-Confederation playoff match in June
New Zealand will play in an Inter-Confederation playoff match in June
Peru will play in an Inter-Confederation playoff match in June
How does the FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw Work?
The FIFA World Cup Draw might be bewildering for anyone who isn’t familiar of the format. We’ll do our best to make it as simple as possible. Using the FIFA World Rankings, the 32 eligible teams are initially divided into four pots of eight.
After that, eight teams are selected from each Pot and placed in groups of three. Pot 1 is emptied first, followed by Pot 2, then Pot 3, and so on. You will witness a ball selected from the team Pot which will be then distributed to one of the eight groups from A to H.
Regulations for the Draw
FIFA adheres to the following rules when assigning teams to groups from pots:
The top seven teams in the world, including this year’s host nation of Qatar, are all placed in Pot 1. Unlike other nations represented by a different color ball, Qatar will be placed in the A1 position according to FIFA’s guidelines.
After that, the remaining seven top seeds are drawn into Groups B through H. As a rule, no more than one side from each qualification zone may be included in a single group in FIFA competitions. That’s why you rarely find nearby nations competing in group stage matches.
This regulation does not apply to Europe, which has 13 teams and may see many teams from the UEFA qualifiers face each other. A minimum of one and a maximum of two European teams must be represented in each group.
Teams from the AFC and CONMEBOL will meet in the 2022 Intercontinental Playoffs, while the CONCACAF and OFC will face off. After that, the whole match schedule for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be available.
How to Watch the FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw Live?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Draw will be accessible to watch live in every part of the world. Viewers in the United States may catch the action live on FS1, Telemundo, and Universo, as well as on Peacock and fuboTV, which will stream the event live.
Viewers in the UK may watch the FIFA World Cup Draw on BBC One and live streaming will be accessible on BBC iPlayer for subscribers while the viewers in Canada can watch it live on TSN with live streaming available on TSN Go.
The FIFA World Cup Draw can be shown live on History TV18 HD and streamed via the Voot app in India.
FIFA will also provide a live broadcast of the World Cup 2022 Draw for international spectators on FIFA.com and its official YouTube channel. You can also witness the coverage live on FIFA’s social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.