2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The FIFA World Cup, the world’s most prestigious football competition, is just around the horizon, and supporters are  gearing up for it. The 22nd FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar later in the year in November 2022, with the country serving as the host for that year’s event. Consequently, Qatar will become the first Arab nation to organize a world cup when it hosts the 2022 tournament in the Middle East. The 32-team format of the World Cup has been phased out in 2022  when the tournament will be expanded to 48 teams. 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are presently underway, with just 31 spots left after 13 nations qualified for the event thus far this year.

Details About Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Following a 1-0 victory against Colombia on Friday, November 12, five-time champions Brazil became the first South American country to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022. ConMEBOL’s four automatic spots for World Cup qualifying were at stake for one of the most successful nations in international football, Brazil. Consequently, Brazil has now participated in every World Cup since it began in 1930.

In October 2021, Germany beat North Macedonia 4-0 in their Group J European qualifying match to become the first side other than hosts Qatar to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022. Despite the Christian Eriksen controversy at Euro 2020, Denmark qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 courtesy of a 1-0 victory against Austria on October 12 in their last group game.

Also in contention were France and Belgium, who secured their spots with victories against Kazakhstan and Estonia. The French trounced Kazakhstan 8-0, while Belgium overcame Estonia 3-1 to qualify for the World Cup finals as the fourth European country. It was a nail-biter of a match between Russia and Sweden on Sunday, November 14, but Croatia, Spain, and Serbia all qualified for Euro 2016. The next day, England and Switzerland also followed suit. After defeating San Marino 10-0 in their last qualification group match, England qualified for Euro 2016. Both Switzerland and Bulgaria qualified for the World Cup finals with 4-0 victories against each other.

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Due to victories against both Norway (2-0) and Argentina (0-0-0), the Netherlands finally entered the fray. In the FIFA World Cup 2022 Playoff finals on Wednesday, March 30, Portugal and Poland won their respective games to ensure their participation in the tournament. A similar 2-0 result separated Portugal’s win against giant-killers North Macedonia from Poland’s win over Sweden, which Robert Lewandowski led. In the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers final on Sunday, June 6, Wales overcame Ukraine 1-0 to become the last European participant to qualify for the tournament. 

On Thursday, March 24, Japan and Saudi Arabia completed a one-two finish in Group B of the AFC qualifiers. Both Japan and Saudi Arabia qualified for the World Cup finals, with Japan beating Australia 2-0 and China PR leveling 1-1 with Saudi Arabia. As a result of Japan’s triumph, they have qualified for a seventh straight World Cup, joining England and France in the record books.

The CONMEBOL announced its list of qualifying teams for the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Friday, March 25, with the additions of Ecuador and Uruguay. Gustavo Alfaro’s La Tri qualified despite losing 1-3 against Paraguay since they required just one point from their remaining games. With Giorgian De Arrascaeta’s 42nd-minute goal, Uruguay’s Diego Alonso’s side defeated Peru 1-0 and qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2022. For La Celeste to have a chance of direct qualifying, they needed to defeat Peru, while Brazil needed either a draw or a victory versus Chile. As a result, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Morocco, and Tunisia have all qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Canada, the United States, and Mexico all qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 as the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers wrapped up on March 31. The last two nations to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar are Australia and Costa Rica, who both prevailed in their respective intercontinental play-offs against Peru and New Zealand, respectively.

2022 FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Teams (UEFA) 

  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Serbia
  • England
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Wales

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Teams (AFC) 

  • Qatar
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Australia

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Teams (CONMEBOL)

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Uruguay

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Teams (CAF)

  • Ghana
  • Senegal
  • Cameroon
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Teams (CONCACAF)

  • Canada
  • The United States
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Rules Change

At a conference in Doha last week, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced that they would legally incorporate the regulation change made due to the COVID-19 epidemic of using five substitutions into the Laws of the Game. InsideSport.IN provides updates on FIFA rule changes.

On the governing body’s agenda, IFAB will have more talks and potential decisions about concussion replacements and semi-automated offside tech. Since the pandemic’s emergence in 2020, IFAB allows teams to make five   substitutions instead of three. It will now be permanent, albeit the organization in charge of the matches will still decide how to employ it in other contests. For instance, the Premier League only permitted three substitutions for its last two seasons after allowing five when the notion was initially proposed by FIFA in May 2020. They have, however, consented to the use of five replacements beginning with the next season. The IFAB said that barring changes made at halftime, the five changes per team would continue to be permitted to be made in no more than three chances.

If a game proceeded into extra time, a possible sixth replacement would be permitted. The IFAB will undergo modifications beginning on July 1. The organization, established in 1886 to serve as the stewards of the game’s rules, will also go over concussion replacements and semi-automated Video Assistant Referee technology. Trials of the “extra permanent concussion substitutes,” as the IFAB referred, began last year.

According to the IFAB, if there is any question as to whether a player has been concussed, the player should be safeguarded by being “permanently” withdrawn from the game. However, the player’s side should not be at a numerical disadvantage by putting the player’s well-being first. Semi-automated VAR has been tested during the previous two years and had a trial at the FIFA Club World Cup in February, to identify offside in seconds.  Using automatic ball detection, it rapidly generates three-dimensional representations of a player’s location.

The First FIFA World Cup of Winter Sports

For the first time, Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 in winter. In addition, if you’re concerned about the weather in Qatar, the warmest months are November and January, when temperatures often range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. Everyone attending the event can look forward to an enjoyable evening filled with plenty of football-related fun.

For the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar’s hotels and resorts are preparing to welcome visitors with full forceSome Ritz-Carlton and Intercontinental Doha, which are already well-known for their services, will play a major part in making the stay of fans memorable.

Where and When Will the FIFA World Cup Be Held in 2022?

Monday, November 21, marks the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup when Senegal faces the Netherlands in Group A at the Al Thumama Stadium, followed by hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium. In  the other match scheduled on the day, England will play Iran, only eight days after the Premier League concludes.

[Tuesday, November 29, England and Wales will square off in Group B after advancing through the play-offs method.] Please Check

On December 18, 2022, the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup 2022 championship game. At Lusail stadium the same night, the grand final will also be held in front of 60,000 spectators.

If the Premier League Is Canceled, What’s Next for It?

This year’s Premier League calendar includes a few changes to accommodate the World Cup during the domestic schedule in 2022/23.  Before the tournament starting on November 21, 2022, the regular season will begin a week sooner than usual on August 6, 2022.

After the World Cup final on December 18, the Premier League will return on Boxing Day. 2022/23’s final match will take place on May 28, 2023.

Summing Up

With football being among the most popular sports and Qatar preparing to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, things look good. As the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are almost over, Qatar is putting a lot of money into infrastructure projects and is on track to finish them on time. Over a million spectators, 32 teams, and eight stadiums are getting ready for this incredible football show.

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