EUROPE – The Qatar 2022 World Cup is getting closer and closer and, for now, the date when the draw for the FIFA tournament will take place is already known.
The draw will define the groups for the tournament to be held from November 21 to December 18 next year (2022).
When will the draw for Qatar 2022 take place?
The draw for the selections will be held on March 31, 2022, even though not all the teams invited to the World Cup will be defined yet.
By that time, the three direct qualifiers from CONCACAF will already be known, as the Octagonal will end on March 30.
However, the play-off between the fourth-placed Concacaf team and the fifth-placed Conmebol team will be played until June next year, FIFA announced.
The thirteen UEFA places will already be defined, since the playoffs end on March 29, as will the Conmebol playoffs, which grant four direct tickets.
On the same date, the African and Asian qualifying rounds, which give five and four places, respectively, will end.
However, the winner of the match between an Asian and an Oceania representative will not yet be known, meaning that by the date of the draw, 30 qualifiers will have already been confirmed.
At the moment, three teams have already secured their ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar : Qatar, Germany and Denmark.
What else did FIFA say?
To explore the potential impact of holding the World Cup and Women’s World Cup every two years instead of four, FIFA has been implementing a comprehensive consultation process involving all stakeholders.
The FIFA Council will now provide the platform for the 211 member federations to further discuss the proposals in the coming weeks.
A global summit has been endorsed to be held on Monday, December 20, 2021, via videoconference to discuss the future of soccer after receiving a detailed update on the ongoing consultation process on the topic.