Fifa World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Africa Table are set, now the real wait begins.
The draw on Friday put an end to 24 hours of speculation and nightmare scenarios about the Group of Death, but the US men’s national team may potentially be facing the toughest difficult group yet.
Following its 2010 World Cup match against England, the United States will face Iran and the winner of the European playoff between Wales and either Ukraine or Scotland. Iran has only lost three of its 18 World Cup qualifiers, while a possible Wales inclusion would bring Gareth Bale and the FIFA No. 18 squad to the group.
Mexico will also face a tough Group C, which includes Argentina and Robert Lewandowski’s Poland in what may be Lionel Messi’s final World Cup appearance. In the meantime, Group E appears to be rather frightening, with Spain and Germany paired with Japan and the winner of the second intercontinental playoff between Costa Rica and New Zealand.
Eight groups of four teams each were drawn for the last time. The World Cup will be expanded to 48 teams in 2022, making it a truly historic event.
Only 29 of the 32 teams are known at this time, but the final three playoff matchups are. Along with the last European qualifier in Group B, Peru will face the winner of the AFC playoff between the United Arab Emirates and Australia in one intercontinental playoff, while Costa Rica will face New Zealand in the other. In June, those games will take place.
The 2022 World Cup kicks off on November 21 and concludes on December 18 in Lusail with the final.
Here are the groups:
Senegal and the Netherlands will likely be the favorites to advance from this group, but there is a high chance of chaos with Ecuador and the home nation also liking their chances compared to where else they could have landed.
- United States
- European Playoff (Wales vs. Ukraine/Scotland)
The good news for the U.S. is that it avoids facing a true top seed in the round of 16 (it’ll be the winner or runner-up from Qatar’s group), if it can advance to the knockout stage. The bad news is that a potential matchup with Wales, ranked 18th in the FIFA world rankings, waits in the wings if Gareth Bale & Co. can win its June playoff. Wales’s appearance could actually make this the Group of Death.
- Saudi Arabia
This is already turning out to be one of the most formidable groups, and a clear potential Group of Death candidate. Robert Lewandowski vs. Lionel Messi is sure to carry intrigue, while Mexico and Poland will be expected to fight over that second spot.
- Intercontinental Playoff 1 (Peru vs. UAE/Australia)
This looks good for defending World Cup champion France. It shared a group with Denmark in 2018 (as well as Peru and Australia). Tunisia was considered one of the weaker, if not the weakest, Pot 3 team. But will the World Cup winner curse strike again? Four of the last five champions haven’t gotten out of the group in their title defenses.
- Intercontinental Playoff 2 (Costa Rica vs. New Zealand)
Spain and Germany also gives this Group of Death potential. And while it’s not Serbia or Senegal, Japan could arguably be one of the tougher Pot 3 teams. However, the addition of one of the intercontinental playoffs takes some of the spice away from this group.
Belgium were leapfrogged by Brazil for the top spot in the FIFA world rankings, but this group will do very nicely for the 2018 semifinalists. Despite its Pot 4 placing, Canada should also be excited about its chances with Croatia looking like its biggest rival for the other knockout spot.
The pairings are quite uncanny considering that Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland also shared a group in 2018. Those three times will be expected to wrestle over the two knockout spots while Cameroon may be fighting an uphill battle.
- Korea Republic
Portugal was the final team into Pot 1 but looks to have its hands full with Ghana coming out of Pot 4. Meanwhile, one must remember that a fiery Uruguayan side eliminated Portugal in the round of 16 in 2018.
What World Cup Group is USA in?
The United States were placed in Group B, and will face England, Iran and the winner of Scotland/Wales/Ukraine’s playoff
Who is hosting World Cup draw?
The draw for the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar is over. You can follow live reaction to the draw below. It will be a World Cup like no other. Qatar, whose hosting of the tournament is controversial for the reasons described in this article, will stage the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world.
Is England in the World Cup 2022?
England will play the USA in the Fifa World Cup group stage after learning their opponents in this evening’s draw in Doha for Qatar 2022.
How many teams make it out of World Cup groups?
For the final time, eight groups made up of four teams each were drawn. In 2022, World Cup expands to 48 teams, making this a truly special occasion. Only 29 of the 32 teams are currently known but the final three playoff matchups are all known.
Where is the FIFA World Cup draw?
The 2022 World Cup is starting to take shape with the official draw complete in Doha, Qatar. Former international soccer stars drew balls from hoppers, setting the fates of the 32 teams that will compete to hoist the cup in December.
How are World Cup groups decided 2022?
Group standings are based on points from those three group-stage matches — three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss. The top two teams from each group based on total points advance to the single-game knockouts. If teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored.
Who has made the World Cup 2022?
The draw for the 2022 World Cup has taken place, which slots every qualified team into a group ahead of the November competition in Qatar. Teams will now be able to start preparing for their opponents based on this draw. Here is Group C for the 2022 World Cup, along with each team’s odds to advance and the group schedule.
How many European teams qualified for 2022?
- Africa (CAF): 5
- Asia (AFC): 4 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
- Europe (UEFA): 13
- North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
- Oceania (OFC): 1 playoff qualifier
- South America (CONMEBOL): 4 (plus 1 playoff qualifier)
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