Got It All

World Cup 2022 play-offs: How do the European qualifiers work? – Goal.com

The European representatives at World Cup 2022 are nearly confirmed, with three more places up for grabs.
Teams that missed out on automatic qualification for Qatar must now negotiate a two-game play-off if they are to ensure their name is in the hat for the group-stage draw next year.
So how does it all work and which teams are involved? GOAL brings you all the details.

Team
Seeded / unseeded
Portugal
Seeded
Scotland
Seeded
Italy
Seeded
Russia
Seeded
Sweden
Seeded
Wales
Seeded
Turkey
Unseeded
Poland
Unseeded
North Macedonia
Unseeded
Ukraine
Unseeded
Austria
Unseeded
Czech Republic
Unseeded

Twelve teams take part in the European play-offs for World Cup 2022. They are made up of the 10 qualifying group runners-up and the two best-placed teams from the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League.
The 12 teams are divided into two pots – seeded (Pot 1) and unseeded (Pot 2) – for the draw
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are one of the top teams in this section, along with recently-crowned European champions Italy.
World Cup play-offs ✅

𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱
🇵🇹 Portugal
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
🇮🇹 Italy
🇷🇺 Russia
🇸🇪 Sweden
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales

𝗨𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱
🇵🇱 Poland
🇲🇰 North Macedonia
🇹🇷 Turkey
🇺🇦 Ukraine
🇦🇹 Austria
🇨🇿 Czech Republic#WCQ pic.twitter.com/kqLszrk3df
From a UK perspective, Scotland and Wales are both involved – and seeded – as they look to join England in Qatar, with Russia and Sweden completing the seeded teams.
Robert Lewandowski and Poland are perhaps the headline team of the unseeded cohort, along with Turkey. They are joined in Pot 2 by North Macedonia and Ukraine, while Austria and Czech Republic earned their place through the Nations League.
The 12 teams are allocated into three four-team paths, A to C. Each path features two semi-finals and then a final, with the winner progressing to the World Cup. In total, three teams advance.
The six seeded teams in Pot 1 have the advantage of playing at home in the semi-finals and are drawn against unseeded teams from Pot 2.
In order to determine which teams will play at home in the three finals, another draw will be held.
You can see an outline of the play-offs below.

Stage
Home team
Away team
Semi-final 1
Team from Pot 1
Team from Pot 2
Semi-final 2
Team from Pot 1
Team from Pot 2
Final 1
Winner of semi-final 1/2
Winner of semi-final 1/2

Stage
Home team
Away team
Semi-final 3
Team from Pot 1
Team from Pot 2
Semi-final 4
Team from Pot 1
Team from Pot 2
Final 2
Winner of semi-final 3/4
Winner of semi-final 3/4

Stage
Home team
Away team
Semi-final 5
Team from Pot 1
Team from Pot 2
Semi-final 6
Team from Pot 1
Team from Pot 2
Final 3
Winner of semi-final 5/6
Winner of semi-final 5/6

Play-off stage
Date
Semi-finals
March 24, 2022
Finals
March 29, 2022
The World Cup 2022 play-offs for UEFA will begin with the semi-finals on Thursday March 24, 2022.
The play-off finals will then take place on Tuesday March 29, 2022.
Kick-off times will be finalised by UEFA after the play-off draw.
🇷🇸 Serbia
🇪🇸 Spain
🇨🇭 Switzerland
🇫🇷 France
🇧🇪 Belgium
🇩🇰 Denmark
🇳🇱 Netherlands
🇭🇷 Croatia
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England
🇩🇪 Germany

Every European team to have qualified for the 2022 World Cup so far 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Hs9EDtxUmO
The draw will take place on Friday November 26, 2021 at FIFA headquarters in Nyon.
Read more about the play-off draw here.
November 21, 2022 is the date of the opening game at World Cup 2022, with hosts Qatar taking on an as-yet-unconfirmed opponent in Group A.
The World Cup is traditionally held in the summer months – usually June and July – so the November-to-December dates of the upcoming competition are a complete departure.
The final of World Cup 2022 will take place on December 18, 2022.
Copyright Š 2021 Goal (Qatar English) All rights reserved. The information contained in Goal (Qatar English) may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Goal (Qatar English)

source

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *