Monday 07 December 2020, 08:54

RELIVE: UEFA preliminary draw for Qatar 2022

  • UEFA preliminary draw was held in Zurich

  • The event streamed live on and FIFA on YouTube

  • 13 out of 55 UEFA member associations to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022 streamed the UEFA preliminary draw for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ as a virtual event in Zurich and viewers can watch a replay of the event above.

The teams drawn were allocated to groups in alphabetical order, from Group A to Group J (i.e. the first team drawn was allocated to Group A, the second team to Group B and so forth). When a draw constraint applied, the team drawn was allocated to the first available group in alphabetical order as indicated by the draw constraint programme.

As Pot 6 only contained five teams, those teams were drawn into the sixth position in groups F to J.

All teams within a group will play each other twice in a home-and-away format between March and November 2021. The ten group winners will qualify directly for Qatar 2022, with the ten runners-up advancing to the play-offs.

Besides the ten runners-up from the group stage, the play-offs will also include the two best group winners from the UEFA Nations League 2020-2021 overall ranking that did not qualify directly for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and did not enter the play-offs as runners-up. The 12 teams will be split into three play-off paths, which will feature single-leg knockout matches in March 2022 to determine the last three European nations to book a place in Qatar.

The full draw procedures, including details on constraints, are available here.

Fans around the world were able to follow the draw live on, FIFA on YouTube and/or via FIFA’s broadcast partners. Details in the below overview are subject to change.