World Cup Qatar 2022: Group Stages & The Final 32 Qualifying Nations

By Halal Trip | 21, Jun, 2022
World Cup Qatar 2022: Group Stages & The Final 32 Qualifying Nations

The first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

Individual teams have been drawn to their respective groups and the match schedule is ready for the 32 teams who will compete.

Australia and Costa Rica grabbed the last two places in the most prestigious football tournament in the world.

This will be the last World Cup tournament to host 32 teams as the World Cup format will now expand to host 48 teams.

READ: Eight Amazing Stadiums that Will Host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

Qatar (host) and 31 other countries will compete in the event after qualifying through regional matches. Here’s a breakdown:

  • 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)

 

What are the group stages for the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup will begin with 32 teams in eight groups of four:

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
  • Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

Fans around the world can now plot their team’s route to glory.

Group A

Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
Netherlands

Match Schedule

Senegal vs. Netherlands 
Qatar vs. Ecuador 
Qatar vs. Senegal 
Netherlands vs. Ecuador 
Netherlands vs. Qatar
Ecuador vs. Senegal

Group B

England
Iran
USA
Wales

Match Schedule

England vs. Iran
USA vs. Wales
Wales vs. Iran
England vs. USA
Wales vs. England
Iran vs. USA

Group C

Argentina
Saudi Arabia
Mexico
Poland

Match Schedule

Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia
Mexico vs. Poland 
Poland vs. Saudi Arabia
Argentina vs. Mexico 
Poland vs. Argentina
Saudi Arabia vs. Mexico

Group D

France
Australia
Denmark
Tunisia

Match Schedule

Denmark vs. Tunisia
France vs. Australia 
Tunisia vs. Australia
France vs. Denmark
Tunisia vs. France 
Australia vs. Denmark

Group E

Germany
Spain
Costa Rica
Japan

Match Schedule

Germany vs. Japan 
Spain vs. Costa Rica
Japan vs. Costa Rica 
Spain vs. Germany
Japan vs. Spain
Costa Rica vs. Germany

Group F

Croatia
Morocco
Belgium
Canada

Match Schedule

Morocco vs. Croatia 
Belgium vs. Canada
Belgium vs. Morocco 
Croatia vs. Canada
Croatia vs. Belgium 
Canada vs. Morocco

Group G

Cameroon
Switzerland
Brazil
Serbia

Match Schedule

Switzerland vs. Cameroon 
Brazil vs. Serbia
Cameroon vs. Serbia 
Brazil vs. Switzerland
Cameroon vs. Brazil 
Serbia vs. Switzerland
 
Group H

Uruguay
South Korea
Portugal
Ghana

Match Schedule

Uruguay vs. South Korea
Portugal vs. Ghana
South Korea vs. Ghana
Portugal vs. Uruguay 
South Korea vs. Portugal
Ghana vs. Uruguay

 

Teams to watch this Qatar 2022

1. Qatar

FIFA World Ranking: 51st

World Cup Appearances: 1 of 22

Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and therefore qualify automatically for what will be its first appearance.

 

2. Brazil

FIFA World Ranking: 1st

World Cup Appearances: 22 of 22

World Cup Titles: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.

Brazil is the most successful national team in the FIFA World Cup, being crowned winner five times.

 

3. Belgium

FIFA World Ranking: 2nd

World Cup Appearances: 14 of 22

Can Belgium’s golden generation lift their first trophy?

 

4. France

FIFA World Ranking: 3rd

World Cup Appearances: 16 of 22

World Cup Titles: 1998, 2018.

France is ready to defend its title as they look set to grab its 3rd World Cup trophy and become the first country to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.

 

5. Argentina

FIFA World Ranking: 4th

World Cup Appearances: 18 of 22

World Cup Titles: 1978, 1986.

Having beaten Brazil to win the Copa America 2021, followed by dismantling Italy to win the Finalissima, Argentina are in red hot form.

 

6. England

FIFA World Ranking: 5th

World Cup Appearances: 16 of 22

World Cup Titles: 1966.

England clearly has the potential to win the country’s first major trophy in 56 years with numerous youth players having the hunger and desire to win.

 

7. Spain

FIFA World Ranking: 7th

World Cup Appearances: 16 of 22

World Cup Titles: 2010.

Spain has been showing some positive signs by reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and a runners-up finish in the Nations League. Do not opt them out of the contender list.

 

8. Portugal

FIFA World Ranking: 8th

World Cup Appearances: 8 of 22.

With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Felix, Portugal might just be the World Cup favorites in 2022.

 

9. Mexico

FIFA World Ranking: 9th

World Cup Appearances: 9 of 22.

In 2018, Mexico created one of the biggest upsets after defeating World champions Germany 1–0 in the opening game of the World Cup. Can they cause an upset this year too?

 

10. the Netherlands

FIFA World Ranking: 10th

World Cup Appearances: 11 of 22.

The three-time World Cup runner-up (1974, 1978, 2010) is expected to be one of the two teams to qualify from Group A, with stars like Virgil Van Dijk, Frankie De Jong, and Memphis Depay on its side they are surely a force to reckoned with.

 

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