When is the 2022 Qatar World Cup?

WITH eight months until the 2022 Qatar World Cup fans across the world are waiting anxiously for the draw.

After four years the World Cup is back and it will be the final time we saw the tournament with 32 teams before it expands to 48 teams in 2026.

The Qatar World Cup will be the first ever winter World Cup.Credit: Getty

With qualifying beginning to draw to a close, fans wait nervously to see the full roster of teams that will play in Qatar this winter.

Qatar is set to be the first ever World Cup to take place in the winter due to the extreme summer temperatures deemed to hot for competitive sport.

The World Cup draw is set to take place on Friday April 1 at 4pm live from Doha.

When does the tournament start?

  • Group stages for the Qatar World Cup will start on Monday November 21.
  • The final of this years World Cup will be on December 18, just one week before Christmas.
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Which teams have qualified for Qatar?


  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Serbia
  • England
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands



  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Qatar (hosts)
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia

Who can still qualify for the World Cup?

With 10 UEFA teams already qualified there is still room for three more.

Playoffs are scheduled to take place in March with the exception of Scotland vs Ukraine and are as follows:

Path A

Play Off Final 1: Wales vs Ukraine – Postponed until June

Path B

Play Off Final 2: Poland vs Sweden – March 29 (7.45pm kick-off) 

Path C

Portugal vs North Macedonia – March 29 (7.45pm kick-off) 

Play-off finals: March 29 

Play-offs are also taking place in the African confederation with Egypt taking on Senegal in a two legged qualifier.

In North and South America’s qualifiers are set to be finalised in this international break.

The final set of World Cup places will be decided in the intercontinental play-offs in June.


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