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2022 World Cup play-off draw: Date, time and European nations involved ahead of Qatar

The European FIFA World Cup play-off draw will help to determine the final three UEFA spots in Qatar next year.

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The European play-off draw for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar takes place this week as the final stage of qualification for next year’s tournament prepares to draw to a conclusion.

The most recent international break oversaw the final World Cup qualifying group games in the European section, with 10 teams sealing their place in Qatar next year.

Germany and Denmark were joined by France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland and the Netherlands as their individual group winners, while a further 10 nations advanced to the play-offs.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the play-off draw for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

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The draw for the European play-offs takes place on Friday in Zurich.
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When is the European FIFA World Cup play-off draw?

The draw for the European World Cup play-offs takes place at 4pm on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Who does the draw involve?

The draw involves 12 nations who did not directly qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup during the first qualifying stage.

10 of those teams advanced to the play-off round as runners-up in their qualifying groups:

Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Wales, Scotland, Turkey, Russia, Poland and North Macedonia.

They were joined by the two best-ranked UEFA Nations League group winners: Austria and Czech Republic.

The 10 runners-up from group qualifying are then separated into ‘seeded’ and ‘unseeded’ pots based on their qualifying group stage results, with the top six best-ranked teams being seeded.

Final seedings

Pot 1 (Seeded): Portugal, Scotland, Itay, Russia, Sweden, Wales

Pot 2 (Unseeded): Turkey, Poland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, Austria, Czech Republic







Scotland haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 1998.
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How does the draw work?

The teams will be drawn into three pathways to determine the final three spots at next year’s World Cup – Pathway A, Pathway B and Pathway C – with two semi-finals in each pathway.

The ‘seeded’ teams in Pot 1 are allocated a ‘home’ play-off semi-final, so the six best ranked teams will all be given a home draw, meaning therefore that the ‘unseeded’ teams in Pot 2 will all be allocated as the away team in their respective ties.

For example: Semi-final 1 = Team from Pot 1 vs team from Pot 2, and so on.







Wales’ performances have warranted them a home tie in the play-offs.
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Semi-finals 1 and 2 belong to the Play-off path A.

Semi-finals 3 and 4 belong to path B

Semi-finals 5 and 6 belong to path C.

After the initial semi-finals in each pathway, a second draw will be made for each path to determine which semi-final winner will be at home in the final.

When are the play-off semi-finals?

The dates for the play-off semi-finals take place next year during the March international break, with kick off-times determined after Friday’s draw.

Play-off semi-finals: Thursday 24 March 2022

Play-off finals: Tuesday 29 March 2022

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