Months before the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers end and the actual competition begins, the teams that are competing are already getting set. The competition will be the first to be held in the Middle East and will also be held in five cities in the country of Qatar: Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, Lusall, and Doha.
The 2022 Men’s Football World Cup in Qatar has 32 teams and it will be the last World Cup to feature a limited field. In 2026, the World Cup will feature 48 teams due to their expansion. The 32-team field was a feature of the World Cup for the last six editions, starting from the France World Cup in 1998.
Which Nations are Included?
As of now, 31 nations will have to earn the right to play alongside host Qatar. This prestigious list is only going to get more complicated as the FIFA World Cup 2022 African Qualifiers get concluded. However, there are only a select number of nations depending on which region they come from.
The African Region (CAF) gets 5 slots, while the Asian Region (AFC) gets 4 plus a playoff qualifying participant. Europe (UEFA) and North/Central America & Caribbean (CONCACAF) gets 13 and 3 plus a playoff qualifier, respectively. Oceania (OFC) is good for 1 playoff qualifier while South America (CONMEBOL) gets 4 plus a playoff qualifier.
The Countries to Watch Out For
While there are some countries that are favorites to win the Cup, expect the heavy hitters to make their presence felt early. France has joined the FIFA World Cup Winners list but every World Cup is unpredictable. Even if there are some star players from certain countries performing well in the UEFA Champions League, it’s unclear whether this translates into the World Cup.
Will there be a new member of this prestigious winners’ list? It’s uncertain and people may have to wait until the actual opening of the World Cup. It will open with inaugural matches on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Like what has happened in the past, the World Cup Final shall be played on a Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022.
Which Teams are Qualified?
So far, this list is thin, with only host country Qatar earning outright qualification as hosts. Any other team joining this prestigious list is still up for players of the 12BET online sports betting section, but Germany and Denmark has already been determined qualified.
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