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- Draw takes place at 7pm (16:00 GMT) on Friday
- Twenty-nine of the 32 teams confirmed
- Three remaining slots to be confirmed by June
- World Cup to take place from November 21 to December 18
Right, Qatar will take on Ecuador on November 21, that’s confirmed.
It will be a while before we know the teams for the December 18 game… that’s the World Cup final.
Until then, stay safe and give our World Cup Qatar 2022 draw wrap a read.
Thanks for joining us… I’ll be humming Hayya Hayya all night.
Hayya Hayya (Better Together) is the first single of the multi-song #FIFAWorldCup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack 🎶
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) April 1, 2022
As representatives of the qualified nations join the FIFA president on the stage for a photo, I have a burning question: Where is the group of death?
The #FIFAWorldCup groups are set 🤩
We can’t wait! 🏆#FinalDraw pic.twitter.com/uaDfdIvbaZ
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) April 1, 2022
So now you know who your favourite team is playing.
Well, kind of. We still have three unknowns when it comes to the participants but the groups are known, if your team makes it.
Welcome Laeeb, the official @FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 mascot! Follow his journey from the mascotverse to FIFA World Cup final! #Laeeb pic.twitter.com/fVMe9MCO5w
— Road to 2022 (@roadto2022en) April 1, 2022
Here we go…
Cafu pulls out the first ball and it’s Qatar (A) followed by:
England (B), Argentina (C), France (D), Spain (E), Belgium (F), Brazil (G) and Portugal (H).
Netherlands (A4), USA (B3), Mexico (C3), Denmark (D3), Germany (E3), Croatia (F4), Uruguay (H3), Switzerland (G3).
Senegal (A3), Iran (B2), Poland (C4), Tunisia (D4), Japan (E4), Morocco (F3), Serbia (G2), South Korea (H4).
Ecuador (A2), Ukraine/Wales/Scotland (B4), Saudi Arabia (C2), UAE/Australia/Peru (D2), Costa Rica/New Zealand (E2), Canada (F2), Cameroon (G4), Ghana (H2).
A reminder to keep an eye on the table above. The groups will be updated as soon as the balls are drawn (soon hopefully). Keep refreshing.
Qatar, as hosts, sit at A1.
Jermaine Jenas, Samantha Johnson and two-time World Cup winner Carli Lloyd arrive to conduct the draw.
Not too long to go I’m guessing (hoping).
The trio is now joined by eight FIFA legends: Cafu, Jay-Jay Okocha, Lothar Matthaus, Tim Cahill, Adel Ahmed MalAllah, Ali Daei, Bora Milutinovic and Rabah Madjer.
Didier Deschamps, France’s World Cup winning captain and coach, brings the trophy onto the stage with his son.
Qatar’s emir is called onto the stage for a brief speech.
He reminds Infantino that people are waiting for the draw and not their speeches.
FIFA president takes centre stage… welcoming the world to Qatar and with a plea to stop conflicts around the world.
“We want this to be the World Cup of unity, of peace,” he said before stepping off the stage.
The hosts of the night, Idris Elba and Reshmin Chowdhury, have made an appearance. The brief intro is followed by the performance by Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha of Hayya Hayya, the first single from the World Cup 2022 soundtrack.
And the names of the participating nations are displayed on giant screens in the back.
A few performances to get through before we reach the team and group pots.
Qatar’s emir is in the house and we’re underway with a video and an animation… including the launch of the official mascot.
Canada’s first World Cup since 1986
“Why go to the national team? You’re not going to go to the World Cup.”
That is what former Canadian striker Alex Bunbury says he was asked by his managers at West Ham United, Harry Redknapp and Billy Bonds, ahead of the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Read how Canada changed football narrative with Qatar 2022 qualification.
The pots are ready
But which teams won’t be in the pots?
Italy, current European champions, Russia, Egypt, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Algeria are just some of the teams who failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Red carpet time
Three qualifying spots up for grabs
With the draw still about 40 minutes away, a reminder that 29 of the 32 teams have been confirmed while the remaining three will be decided by June this year.
UAE v Australia – June 7
UAE/Australia v Peru – June 13 or 14
Costa Rica v New Zealand – June 13 or 14
European Playoff semi-final
Scotland v Ukraine – June (tbc)
European Playoff final
Wales v Scotland/Ukraine – June (tbc)
What happened at the FIFA Congress?
The 72nd FIFA Congress took place in Doha on Thursday.
In addition to Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, the Russia-Ukraine war and biennial World Cup plans were also mentioned.
Read full story here.
Who will be doing the World Cup draw?
The World Cup draw will be conducted by eight former players and managers, Cafu, Lothar Matthaus, Jay-Jay Okocha, Tim Cahill, Adel Ahmed MalAllah, Ali Daei, Bora Milutinovic and Rabah Madjer.
Warming up off the pitch
The world’s media has descended upon Doha’s Exhibition and Convention Centre for the draw ceremony. Kick-off here is still almost two hours away though.
Qatar 2022 stadiums at a glance
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be played across eight stadiums.
Click here for a quick look at the eight stadiums.
Which teams have qualified for the World Cup?
Including the hosts Qatar, 29 teams have qualified for the 32-team World Cup so far.
The World Cup draw explained
A few teams, a few more pots and a lot more balls. How does a draw really work?
Head over to our explainer here to find out how many teams are part of the draw and how the seedings and pots work.