Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup will end this month and there is still a long way to go before this winter’s showpiece tournament.
The Qatar World Cup kicks off later this year on November 21 and England have already booked their place.
The final draw for the World Cup group stage is due to take place in Doha on April 1, but much remains to be decided before the tournament can take shape.
Including the Three Lions and the host country, 19 teams have confirmed their qualification for the competition, but the full list of 32 participants will not be confirmed until the end of March.
A final squad won’t be confirmed until June as the play-off between Ukraine and Scotland was postponed after Russia invaded the country. Scotland’s winner against Ukraine will then face Wales for a place in the tournament.
Meanwhile, several big names have already made it, but a number of countries are struggling to cross the playoff line.
World Cup 2022: qualified teams
The UEFA qualifying group stages concluded last November with England, Germany, Spain and France among the group winners.
Meanwhile, Brazil and Argentina qualified first from CONMEBOL and have now been joined by Ecuador and Uruguay.
Iran and South Korea were the first to exit the AFC and were joined by Saudi Arabia and Japan.
African, CONCACAF and Oceanic qualifiers are yet to be decided while we also await the rest of Europe.
The teams qualified so far are:
- Qatar (Host)
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
World Cup 2022: who could miss it?
Several high-ranking countries are at risk of missing the next World Cup.
UEFA’s qualification process comes down to the play-offs with countries like Wales, Scotland and Portugal looking to qualify.
There will be 11 teams in the play-offs but only THREE will make it to the World Cup.
Euro 2020 winners Italy have collapsed and will miss the World Cup for the second time in a row after losing to North Macedonia.
The play-off final matches are:
- Portugal v North Macedonia
- Wales v Scotland or Ukraine
- Poland vs Sweden
In CONMEBOL, big guns Chile and Colombia are likely to miss out and have work to do in their final games.
Peru are currently fifth in the qualifying table – one point above Colombia with Chile another point behind – and would be in a play-off.
Peru will face Paraguay in their last group game while Chile will face Uruguay and Colombia will travel to Venezuela.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica is struggling to qualify for CONCACAF and Panama is pushing them to qualify for a play-off spot.
Australia could miss the World Cup as they will have to go through the play-offs after failing to get out of the AFC.
The CAF qualifiers are in their final round with five teams set to reach the World Cup.
Five matches will take place at the end of March to decide who will represent Africa in Qatar.
The play-off matches are:
- Egypt v Senegal
- Cameroon v Algeria
- Ghana v Nigeria
- DR Congo v Morocco
- Mali v Tunisia
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