FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Draw | pots, groups, schedule, fixtures | The rivals of the USMNT…
How will today’s draw go?
Today’s draw will feature 29 qualifying teams, with the other three places consisting of two placeholders for the intercontinental play-offs and one placeholder for the UEFA play-offs. with those nations to be determined later in the year.
Qualifying teams will be split into four pots of eight, with their FIFA World Ranking determining which they enter – joining Qatar in pot one will be the top seven teams, while nations ranked eight-15 will be in Pot 2, and so on. The three playoff spaces will be drawn from pot four.
There will also be eight pots representing the groups, A to H. Each group pot contains four balls with position numbers, ranging from one to four, which correspond to the teams’ respective starting position in the tables and have by the an impact on their dating schedule.
The pot one team will be the first to empty, with Qatar automatically drawn in slot A1. The other sides of pot one will go directly into position one of the remaining groups.
From then on, a ball is drawn from a team pot and followed by a ball from a group pot, determining that team’s position – for example, the second nation drawn in Group A could be placed in box A4. The process continues until every team pot is emptied, with pot four being the last to be drawn.
Wherever possible, no group will contain more than one team from the same qualifying zone, with the exception of Europe – so anyone hoping for a matchup like Brazil vs Uruguay will have to wait for the knockout phase.