FIFA World Cup 2022 European Qualifiers ( UEFA )

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The European section of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification to be held in Qatar, for national teams that are members of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA). A total of 13 slots in the final tournament are available for UEFA teams.

FIFA world cup 2022 European qualifiers
FIFA world cup 2022 European qualifiers

Format

The qualification format was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on 4 December 2019. The qualification will depend, on the result from the 2020-21 UEFA National League. The structure will maintain UEFA’s usual group stage/playoff stage structure, with only the specific format of the play-offs amended.

  • Group stage: 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams (with the 4 teams that make the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals put into the smaller groups)
  • Play-off stage: The 10 group runners-up would be joined by the best 2 Nations League group winners, based on the  Nations League overall ranking,  that finished outside the top two of their qualification group.

Schedule

UEFA announced that the two matchdays planned to take place in June 2021 would be moved following the rescheduling of UEFA Euro 2020 to June and July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 First-round (group stage)

Matchday 1 ( 24-25 March 2021)

Matchday 2 ( 27-28 March 2021)

Matchday 3 ( 30-31 March 2021)

Matchday 4 ( 1-2 September 2021)

Matchday 5 ( 4-5 September 2021)

Matchday 6 ( 7-8September 2021)

Matchday 7 ( 8-9 September 2021)

Matchday 8 ( 11-12 September 2021)

Matchday 9 ( 12-13 September 2021)

Matchday 10 ( 14-16 September 2021

 

 Second-round (play-offs)

Semi-finals ( 24-25 March 2022 )

Finals ( 28-29 March 2022 )

The original schedule of the qualifying group stage, as planned before the pandemic, was as follows:

Original group stage schedule 

Matchday 1 ( 25-27 March 2021)

Matchday 2 ( 28-30 March 2021)

Matchday 3 ( 4-5 June )

Matchday 4 ( 7-8 June )

Matchday 5 ( 2-4 September 2021 )

Matchday 6 ( 5-7 September 2021 )

Matchday 7 ( 7-9 October 2021 )

Matchday 8 ( 10-12 October )

Matchday 9 (11-13 November 2021 )

Matchday 10 (14-16 November 2021 )


Groups

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 8 December 2020, the day following the draw. Qatar is partnered with the five-team Group A, which enables the 2022 World Cup hosts to play centralized friendlies against these countries in their “spare” match dates.

Group A

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Portugal 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
2 Serbia 3 2 1 0 7 5 +2 7
3 Luxembourg 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
4 Republic of Ireland 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0
5 Azerbaijan 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0

Group B

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Spain 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
2 Sweden 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6
3 Greece 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
4 Georgia 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
5 Kosovo 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0

Group C

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Italy 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9
2 Switzerland 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6
3 Northam Ireland 2 0 1 1 0 2 -2 1
4 Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 1 5 -4 1
5 Lithuania 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0

Group D

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 France 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
2 Ukraine 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
3 Finland 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
5 Kazakhstan 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1

Group E

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Belgium 3 2 1 0 12 2 +10 7
2 Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
3 Wales 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
4 Belarus 2 1 0 1 4 10 -6 3
5 Estonia 2 0 0 2 4 10 -6 0

Group F

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Denmark 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9
2 Scotland 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5
3 Israel 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
4 Austria 3 1 1 1 5 7 -2 4
5 Faroe Islands 3 0 1 2 2 8 -6 1
6 Maldova 3 0 1 2 2 13 -11 1

Group G

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Turkey 3 2 1 0 10 5 +5 7
2 Netherlands 3 2 0 1 11 4 +7 6
3 Montenegro 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
4 Norway 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
5 Latvia 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3 1
6 Gibraltar 3 0 0 3 1 14 -13 0

Group H

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Croatia 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3 Slovakia 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
4 Cyprus 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
5 Slovenia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
6 Malta 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1

Group I

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 England 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9
2 Hungary 3 2 1 0 10 4 +6 7
3 Albania 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
4 Poland 3 1 1 1 7 2 +2 4
5 Andorra 3 0 0 3 1 8 -7 0
6 San Marino 3 0 0 3 0 10 -10 0

Group J

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Armenia 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9
2 North Macedonia 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
3 Germany 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
4 Romania 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 3
5 Iceland 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 3
6 Liechtenstein 3 0 0 3 1 10 -9 0

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