What is this?
The process by which UEFA's 55 member associations will be reduced to 13 teams for the 2022 final tournament in Qatar'. The matches will run for a little over a year, from March 2021' to March 2022'.
Official FIFA regulations
How does it work?
There are two stages to qualifying:
The teams will be divided into ten groups of five or six (the four teams that reached the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain) will be in smaller groups). Ten group winners qualify for the World Cup'.
The ten group runners-ups are entered by the top two group winners of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall standings, neither qualifying directly for the final tournament as the European Qualifiers group winner, nor entering the play-offs as the European Qualifiers group. second ones. The 12 teams will be drawn into three playoffs for one-off semi-finals and one final. Those who win three ways qualify for the World Cup'.
When do matches and finals take place?
1. Matchday : 24–25 March 2021
2. Matchday : 27–28 March 2021
3. Matchday : 30–31 March 2021
4. match day : 1–2 September 2021
5. match day : 4-5 September 2021
6. match day : 7-8 September 2021
7. Matchday : 8-9 October 2021
8. Matchday : 11–12 October 2021
9. Matchday : 11–13 November 2021
10. Matchday : 14–16 November 2021
Play-offs's : 24, 25, 28, 29 March 2022
When is the 2022 World Cup?
The 22nd final in Qatar will be the first World Cup not held in May, June or July; instead, the tournament is scheduled for a shorter timeframe, from November 21 to December 18. The drawing will be held in April 2022'.