Find out about all qualifiers for the World Cup 2022
Current overview of all qualifiers for World Cup 2022
World Cup 2022: Asian qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation qualifiers provide four berths for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the host country having already qualified by virtue of being the organizer. In addition, one team will play for an international playoff to qualify.
The draw for the groups for the third round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar are:
Group A: Iran IR, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates
Group B: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China PR, Oman, Vietnam
The top two from each six-team group will qualify for the World Cup 2022, while the two third-placed teams will battle for a place in the intercontinental play-offs. They will then play each other for seven months, from September 2nd, 2021 to March 29th, 2022.
Asian Football Confederation: The Asian Football Confederation qualifiers provide four berths for the World Cup in Qatar, the host country having already qualified as the organizer. Moreover, one team will play for an international playoff to secure its ticket.
Following the conclusion of the final day of the second round of Asian Zone qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we now know which 12 teams are still in contention.
Confederation of North, Central American, Caribbean and Caribbean Association Football: Panama, El Salvador and Canada remain in the running for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
The three of them successfully made it through the second phase of the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone qualifiers, thus advancing to the final round of 16. There, they will compete for the 3.5 places in the competition with Costa Rica, the United States, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, who have already qualified for this stage.
Union of European Football Associations: UEFA's qualification for World Cup 2022 will award 13 World Cup berths. All teams in a group play each other twice in a round-robin format between March and November 2021.
The 10 group winners will qualify directly for World Cup 2022, and the 10 runners-up will advance to the playoffs. In addition to the 10 group stage runners-up, the play-offs will also include the top two group winners from the overall UEFA Nations League 2020-2021 standings who did not qualify directly for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and did not enter the play-offs as runners-up.
The 12 teams will be divided into three one-game playoff brackets in March 2022 to determine the final three European representatives in Qatar.
Oceania Football Confederation: The Oceania Football Confederation has half a place for the World Cup in Qatar. The winner of the Qualifiers, which will have been played between March 2021 and October 2022 (latest available information), will determine the team that will play in the playoff for a place in the World Cup.
South American Football Confederation: The Conmebol qualifiers will grant four direct berths for Qatar and one place for the playoff. In a single group, where the ten teams will play each other in a round-robin format, the top four will qualify directly and the fifth will participate in the playoff.
Stadiums for World Cup 2022
With less than 500 days to go before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, construction work on the stadiums has made enormous progress.
To date, four of the eight planned stadiums have already been inaugurated: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium, Education City Stadium and Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium. As for the other four, they will be ready one year before the start of the World Cup.
The stadiums meet FIFA's requirements in terms of sustainability, earning a 4-star rating; even the Education City Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium were awarded five stars.
These buildings have retractable roofs, allowing them to be used all year round, as well as removable modular seating, used to reduce the space in the stadiums after the World Cup, and adjust them as community spaces.
In this sense, more than 170,000 seats will be donated after the World Cup to countries in need of this type of infrastructure.
Another element to be noticed is the green areas of the stadiums, which together have more than 850,000 square meters of green spaces, the equivalent of 121 soccer fields, with the aim of making these buildings true centers of coexistence and integral and healthy recreation.
How is the construction of the four pending stadiums progressing?
Al Bayt Stadium
Capacity: 60,000 spectators.
State of progress: It is ready and only the final details are being fine-tuned.
Distance from downtown Doha: 43 km. Located in: Al Khor Municipality.
Will host 9 matches: the opening match and matches up to the semifinals.
Al Bayt Stadium, the venue of the 2022 World Cup.
Al Thumama Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 spectators.
Will host matches from the group stage to the quarterfinals.
It has a special design because it represents the famous white Arabian cap of Qatar and the region.
Progress: Work has been completed on the roof and façade and the stadium seating has been installed. Final details are being worked on.
Al Thumama Stadium, venue for the 2022 World Cup.
Ras Abu Abboud Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 spectators.
Distance from downtown Doha: 10 km.
Overlooking Doha Bay, it will host seven matches: the group stage and up to the round of 16.
This stadium is the first in the history of a World Cup to be completely disassembled, transportable and reusable; it is made of 998 containers.
Progress: It is 85% ready; the structure has already been completed with the placement of 998 containers and the seats have been installed.
Capacity: 80,000 spectators (the largest capacity World Cup venue).
Distance from Doha city center: 15 km.
Will host 10 matches from the group stage, semifinals and the grand final
Progress: Construction is nearing completion, with the main operations of raising the roof, installing the steel structure and the façade already completed. Work is in the final stages of the installations.
An entire city is being built in the area adjacent to the property, which will include a shopping center, residences, and community spaces. It is estimated that the infrastructure of this city will cost US$ 45 billion, and it is 90% complete.
Once the World Cup is over, Lusail Stadium will be transformed into a community space that includes schools, stores, cafes, sports facilities and health clinics.
Qatar World Cup 2022 to begin ticket sales in January
FIFA is preparing to start selling tickets for the 2022 World Cup in January while still trying to learn more about Qatar's plan to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for spectators.
Soccer's governing body only learned of the vaccination requirement over the weekend when it was announced in state media by Qatari Prime Minister Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.
FIFA did not say whether it agreed to the plan or would discuss the logistics behind checking the vaccination status of the thousands of visiting fans.
"Further details will be provided at the appropriate time prior to the start of ticket sales for the World Cup in Qatar, which is scheduled for January 2022," FIFA said in a statement issued to The Associated Press, providing the first timeline for the sales.
Ten of the 12 qualifying European selections will be announced in January. Instead of kicking off in June as usual, this World Cup will begin on Nov. 21 next year to avoid the country's severe summer heat.
FIFA did not say whether vaccinations would be mandatory for players and other officials in Qatar, where full stadiums are planned. Khalid said Qatar was trying to acquire one million doses to offer to unvaccinated fans planning to travel to the event.
Qatar negotiating to procure one million vaccines for fans at 2022 World Cup
"FIFA takes note of the plan announced by the prime minister of Qatar and appreciates the host country's continued efforts to provide the best possible conditions for fans attending the 2022 World Cup, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic," FIFA said in the statement. "In all of these matters, we will continue to work closely with our partners, while also monitoring how the situation evolves globally."
Unlike previous World Cups, there will be no need for fans to fly around the country for matches. Qatar has built eight stadiums for the tournament, all near the capital Doha.
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