Who has qualified for the World Cup and who could miss out? England and Portugal through but Wales and Scotland at risk March 30, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Qualification for the 2022 World Cup will be concluded this month and there’s still plenty to be worked out ahead of the showpiece tournament this winter.

The Qatar World Cup will kick-off later this year on November 21 and England have already booked their place.

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The World Cup is coming up this winter

The final draw for the World Cup group stage is scheduled to take place in Doha on April 1 but there’s a lot to be decided before the tournament can properly take shape.

Including the Three Lions and the host nation, 19 teams have confirmed their qualification for the competition but the full list of 32 participants won’t be confirmed until the end of March.

One final team won’t be confirmed until June as Ukraine’s play-off clash with Scotland has been put back following Russia’s invasion of the country. The winner of Scotland v Ukraine will then face Wales for a place in the tournament.

Meanwhile, several big names have made it already but a number of countries are struggling to get over the line in the qualifiers.

World Cup 2022: Qualified teams

The UEFA qualification group stages were wrapped up last November with England, Germany, Spain and France among the group winners.

Meanwhile, Brazil and Argentina qualified from CONMEBOL first and have now been joined by Ecuador and Uruguay.

Iran and South Korea were the first to make it from AFC and have been joined by Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Canada have made it from CONCACAF and qualified for their first World Cup since 1986.

The African and Oceanic qualifiers have not been decided yet while we are also waiting on the rest of the Europeans and CONCACAF.

The qualified teams so far are:

  • Qatar (Host)
  • England
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Eduador
  • Uruguay
  • Canada
  • Ghana
  • Senegal
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Tunisia
  • Morocco
  • Cameroon

Gareth Southgate’s England will be at the Qatar World Cup

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Gareth Southgate’s England will be at the Qatar World Cup

World Cup 2022: Who could miss out?

Several high ranking countries are at risk of missing out on the upcoming World Cup.

The UEFA qualification process is down to the play-offs with the likes of Wales and Scotland looking to make it through.

There will be 11 teams in the play-offs but only THREE will make it to the World Cup.

Euro 2020 winners Italy have crashed out and won’t be at the World Cup for the second time running after they lost to North Macedonia.

The play-off final fixtures are:

  • Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia
  • Wales v Scotland or Ukraine
  • Poland 2-0 Sweden

In the CONMEBOL, big guns Chile and Colombia are at risk of missing out and have work to do in their final few games.

Peru are currently fifth in the qualification table – a point above Colombia with Chile a further point back – and would go into a play-off.

Peru face Paraguay in their final group game while Chile take on Uruguay and Colombia travel to Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica are struggling to make it out of the CONCACAF qualification and Panama are pushing them close for a play-off spot.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will have to overcome the play-offs if they’re to reach the World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will have to overcome the play-offs if they’re to reach the World Cup

Australia could miss out on the World Cup as they will have to go through the play-offs after failing to make it out of the AFC.

The CAF qualifiers are down to their final round with five teams set to reach the World Cup.

There will be five matches held in late March to decide who will represent Africa in Qatar.

The play-off fixtures are:

  • Egypt (1-1 agg, 1-3 penalties) Senegal
  • Cameroon (2-2 agg, hosts through via away goals) Algeria
  • Ghana (1-1 agg, hosts through via away goals) Nigeria
  • DR Congo (2-5 agg) Morocco
  • Mali (0-1 agg) Tunisia

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