Wales and Scotland have confirmed their places in the 2022 World Cup play-offs with Portugal and Italy joining them as well, so how does it work?
How do play-offs work?
The winners of each group automatically advance to the World Cup finals, which will take place from November 21 to December 18, 2022, but three other teams will seal their places after the play-offs in March.
The play-offs take place from March 24 to 29, 2022, with 10 group runners-up joined by the top two group winners in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall standings who neither qualified directly as group winners nor did they previously compete in the play-offs as a second in the group.
During a draw for the dams November 26, 2021, these 12 teams will be divided into three play-off lanes for unique semi-finals and a final, with the three winners of the route then qualifying for the tournament in Qatar.
The draw will be ranked according to the points from the qualifying round. The top six runners-up will be seeded and play their home games, while the other four – along with the two UEFA Nations League teams – are not seeded and face an away draw.
Thanks to their victory against Denmark in their last qualifying match, Scotland are seeded for the play-offs, which means they will play at home in their play-off semi-final. Wales suffered the same fate as they drew with Belgium in Cardiff on Tuesday.
How do play-offs work?
The play-offs will take place from March 24 to 29, with 10 group runners-up joined by the top two group winners of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall standings who neither qualified directly as group winners nor participated in the roadblocks. already finalists of the group.
These 12 teams will be spread over three play-off routes for unique semi-finals and a final. The three route winners qualify for the World Cup.
Who is seeded in the play-offs?
Who is not classified in the play-offs?
When is the play-off draw and how will it work?
The draw will take place in Zurich on Friday, November 26 from 4 p.m. UK time.
The top six finalists – based on criteria starting with number of points, goal difference and goals scored – will be awarded to Pot 1 and drawn into six semi-finals as a home team.
The remaining teams will then be drawn from Pot 2 to the semifinals 1-6.
There will be three play-offs, each offering a World Cup finalist.
Semi-finals 1 and 2 constitute play-off route A, semi-finals 3 and 4 form route B and semi-finals 5 and 6 will contest route C.
In order to determine which semi-final winner will play at home in the final, an additional draw will be made for each lane.
When do the play-offs take place?
Semi-finals of the play-offs: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Play-off finals: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
UEFA will confirm kick-off times after the draw.
What is the format and schedule for the World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.
Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will take place over a 12-day period and see the winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16.
Matches will only be allocated to particular venues after the draw, so organizers can choose optimal kick-off times based on TV audiences from different countries, as well as supporters in Qatar.
The draw is expected to take place in April 2022, after the March window for international matches.
Unlike Euro 2020, there will be a play-off for third place on December 17th.
Group stage: November 21-December 2
round of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Final: December 18
When will the matches start?
FIFA has confirmed that the first two rounds of matches will start at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the UK).
Kick-offs for the final group and knockout matches will be at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. UK time). The final kicks off at 6:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. UK time)