December 08, 2020

World Cup 2022 Qualifying Draw - European Results

The draw for the European World Cup 2022 qualifiers is complete. The ten groups, comprising five groups of six teams and five groups of five teams, for the up and coming qualifying tournament have been decided:  

The Draw

Group A:

Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan

Group B:

Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo

Group C: 

Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group D: 

France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia, Kazakhstan

Group E:

Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia

Group F: 

Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group G:

Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar

Group H:

Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta

Group I:

England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino

Group J: 

Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein

Now, coaches and managers for the 55 teams competing for the 13 World Cup slots, will begin to map out their ‘winning’ strategies based on who they are playing within their group, their history with those teams and the stand out opponent players. While some groups might seem more challenging than others, and all groups have a top and bottom-ranked team within them, there will be no easy rides. Every team will be looking to gain as many points as possible in each game to try to guarantee their place at the 2022 tournament, and lower-ranked teams will be ready to challenge those at the top to make their mark on football history.

The Route to 2022

The European qualifying tournament for 2022 will be played out between March and November 2021 and will secure ten slots at the World Cup for the ten winning teams (one from each group). The Group runners-up will get a second shot at securing one of the three remaining places (alongside two of the best UEFA Nations League group winners*) at the playoffs - to be held in March ‘22. 

(*who do not finish in the top two of their World Cup ‘22 qualifying group.)

To find out how the UEFA Nations League group runners up are eligible for the World Cup qualifiers, read our Understanding the UEFA Nations League and its Link to the World Cup 2022 article.

Published: December 08, 2020
Last updated: December 08, 2020
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