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2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates6 June 2019 – June 2022
Teams206 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played860
Goals scored2415 (2.81 per match)
Attendance8,816,706 (10,252 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout
(14 goals)
2018
2026

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification is the qualifying process which will decide 31 of the 32 teams that will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, joining hosts Qatar, who received an automatic spot.

Parallel tournaments are organised by FIFA's six confederations. Qualification started on 6 June 2019, when the first match played was between Mongolia and Brunei and the first goal was scored by Mongolian player Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal, and is set to end in June 2022. In contrast to previous editions, there was no general preliminary draw, with confederations carrying out separate draws due to their differing timelines. The qualification process has suffered numerous postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualified teams

  Team has qualified for World Cup
  Team can qualify
  Team eliminated
  Team withdrew or suspended from qualifying
  Not a FIFA member
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Consecutive
finals
appearances
Previous best
performance
 Qatar Hosts 2 December 2010 1st 1
 Germany UEFA Group J winners 11 October 2021 20th 2018 18 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
 Denmark UEFA Group F winners 12 October 2021 6th 2018 2 Quarter-finals (1998)
 Brazil CONMEBOL winners 11 November 2021 22nd 2018 22 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
 France UEFA Group D winners 13 November 2021 16th 2018 7 Winners (1998, 2018)
 Belgium UEFA Group E winners 13 November 2021 14th 2018 3 Third place (2018)
 Croatia UEFA Group H winners 14 November 2021 6th 2018 3 Runners-up (2018)
 Spain UEFA Group B winners 14 November 2021 16th 2018 12 Winners (2010)
 Serbia UEFA Group A winners 14 November 2021 13th 2018 2 Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 England UEFA Group I winners 15 November 2021 16th 2018 7 Winners (1966)
 Switzerland UEFA Group C winners 15 November 2021 12th 2018 5 Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)
 Netherlands UEFA Group G winners 16 November 2021 11th 2014 1 Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
 Argentina CONMEBOL runners-up 16 November 2021 18th 2018 13 Winners (1978, 1986)
 Iran AFC third round Group A winners 27 January 2022 6th 2018 3 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018)
 South Korea AFC third round Group A runners-up 1 February 2022 11th 2018 10 Fourth place (2002)
 Japan AFC third round Group B runners-up 24 March 2022 7th 2018 7 Round of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)
 Saudi Arabia AFC third round Group B winners 24 March 2022 6th 2018 2 Round of 16 (1994)
 Ecuador CONMEBOL fourth place 24 March 2022 4th 2014 1 Round of 16 (2006)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL third place 24 March 2022 14th 2018 4 Winners (1930, 1950)
 Canada CONCACAF third round winners 27 March 2022 2nd 1986 1 Group stage (1986)
 Ghana CAF third round winners 29 March 2022 4th 2014 1 Quarter-finals (2010)
 Senegal CAF third round winners 29 March 2022 3rd 2018 2 Quarter-finals (2002)
 Portugal UEFA second round winners 29 March 2022 8th 2018 6 Third place (1966)
 Poland UEFA second round winners 29 March 2022 9th 2018 2 Third place (1974, 1982)
 Tunisia CAF third round winners 29 March 2022 6th 2018 2 Group stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018)
 Morocco CAF third round winners 29 March 2022 6th 2018 2 Round of 16 (1986)
 Cameroon CAF third round winners 29 March 2022 8th 2014 1 Quarter-finals (1990)
 United States CONCACAF third round third place 30 March 2022 11th 2014 1 Third place (1930)
 Mexico CONCACAF third round runners-up 30 March 2022 17th 2018 8 Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)

Qualification process

All FIFA member associations, of which there are currently 211, were eligible to enter qualification. Qatar, as hosts, qualified automatically for the tournament. However, Qatar was obliged by the AFC to participate in the Asian qualifying stage as the first two rounds also acted as qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar won their group so the fifth-best group runners-up advanced to the AFC third round instead. For the first time after the initial two tournaments of 1930 and 1934, the World Cup will be hosted by a country whose national team has never played a finals match before. The reigning World Cup champions France also participated in qualifying as normal.

Seven teams withdrew. Saint Lucia initially entered CONCACAF qualification, but later retreated. North Korea also withdrew from the AFC second qualifying round for safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. American Samoa and Samoa likewise retracted their participation ahead of the draw for the OFC qualifiers, while Tonga withdrew after the 2022 Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai eruption and tsunami. After COVID-19 outbreaks in their squads during the OFC qualifiers in Doha, Vanuatu and Cook Islands also withdrew.

The allocation of slots for each confederation was discussed by the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015 in Zürich after the FIFA Congress. The committee decided that the same allocation used in 2006, 2010, and 2014 would be kept for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments:

  • AFC (Asia): 4 or 5
  • CAF (Africa): 5
  • CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean): 3 or 4
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 4 or 5
  • OFC (Oceania): 0 or 1
  • UEFA (Europe): 13
  • Hosts: 1

Summary of qualification

Confederation Available slots in finals Teams started Teams eliminated Teams can still qualify Teams qualified Qualifying start date Qualifying next match date Qualifying end date
AFC 4+1 or 5+1 45+1 39 2 4+1 6 June 2019 7 June 2022 13 June 2022
CAF 5 54 49 0 5 4 September 2019 29 March 2022
CONCACAF 3 or 4 34 30 1 3 24 March 2021 14 June 2022 14 June 2022
CONMEBOL 4 or 5 10 5 1 4 8 October 2020 13 June 2022 13 June 2022
OFC 0 or 1 7 6 1 0 17 March 2022 14 June 2022 14 June 2022
UEFA 13 55 40 3 12 24 March 2021 June 2022 June 2022
Total 31+1 205+1 169 8 28+1 6 June 2019 June 2022 June 2022

Status of Russia

On 9 December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency initially handed Russia a four-year ban from all major international sporting events, after RUSADA was found non-compliant for handing over manipulated lab data to investigators. However, the Russia national team could still enter qualification, as the ban only applies to the World Cup proper as a world championship. The WADA ruling allowed athletes who were not involved in doping or the coverup to compete, but prohibited the use of the Russian flag and anthem at major international sporting events. An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was filed, but WADA's decision was upheld though reduced to a two-year ban. The CAS ruling also allowed the name "Russia" to be displayed on uniforms if the words "Neutral Athlete" or "Neutral Team" have equal prominence. If Russia had qualified for the tournament, its players would not have been able to use their country's name alone, flag or anthem at the World Cup, as a result of the nation's two-year ban from world championships and Olympic Games in all sports.

On 27 February 2022, after the threat of boycotts by the Czech Republic, Poland and Sweden amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA prohibited the Russia national football team from playing home matches in Russia; the team would had to have played matches behind closed doors at neutral sites. In addition, the team would have been prohibited from competing under the name, flag, or national anthem of Russia, and had to compete under the name "Football Union of Russia" (RFU). The following day, in accordance with a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA suspended the participation of Russia. Poland were subsequently given a walkover for their play-off semi-final match scheduled against Russia. The Russian Football Union announced they would appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Their request for a temporary lift of the ban was rejected on 18 March.

Format

The formats of the qualifying competitions depended on each confederation (see below). Each round might be played in either of the following formats:

  • League format, where more than two teams formed groups to play home-and-away round-robin matches, or in exceptions permitted by the FIFA Organising Committee, single round-robin matches hosted by one of the participating teams or on neutral territory.
  • Knockout format, where two teams played home-and-away two-legged matches.

Tiebreakers

In league format, the ranking of teams in each group is based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.4 and 20.6):

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Overall goal difference
  3. Overall goals scored
  4. Points in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams in home-and-away league format)
  8. Fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points
    • direct red card: minus 4 points
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
  9. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee

In cases where teams finishing in the same position across different groups are compared for determining which teams advance to the next stage, the criteria are dependent on the competition format and require the approval of FIFA (regulations Article 20.8).

In knockout format, the team that has the higher aggregate score over the two legs progresses to the next round. In the event that aggregate scores finish level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scored more goals away from home over the two legs progresses. If away goals are also equal, then thirty minutes of extra time are played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team qualifies by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out (regulations Article 20.10).

Confederation qualification

AFC

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

The opening two rounds of qualifying also serve as qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. Therefore, Qatar, the 2022 FIFA World Cup host, only participates in these first two rounds of qualifying.

The qualification structure is as follows:

  • First round: 12 teams (ranked 35–46) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 40 teams (ranked 1–34 (including Qatar as the host) and six first round winners) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The eight group winners and the four best group runners-up advance to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. If Qatar finish as winners in their group or as one of the four best runners-up, the fifth-best runners-up will go to the third round in their stead.
  • Third round: The 12 teams which will have advanced from the second round will be divided into two groups of six teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the World Cup, and the third-placed teams will play against each other over two legs. The winner will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs, playing a team from a confederation to be determined.
  • Fourth round: The two third-placed teams in each group from the third round will play against each other in a single match to determine which team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Final positions (third round)

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round
Group A Group B
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Iran 10 8 1 1 15 4 +11 25 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 South Korea 10 7 2 1 13 3 +10 23
 United Arab Emirates 10 3 3 4 7 7 0 12 Advance to fourth round
 Iraq 10 1 6 3 6 12 −6 9
 Syria 10 1 3 6 9 16 −7 6
 Lebanon 10 1 3 6 5 13 −8 6
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Saudi Arabia 10 7 2 1 12 6 +6 23 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Japan 10 7 1 2 12 4 +8 22
 Australia 10 4 3 3 15 9 +6 15 Advance to fourth round
 Oman 10 4 2 4 11 10 +1 14
 China 10 1 3 6 9 19 −10 6
 Vietnam 10 1 1 8 8 19 −11 4

Next stage (fourth round)

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Fourth Round
Team 1  Score  Team 2
United Arab Emirates  7 Jun  Australia

CAF

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

CAF announced on 10 July 2019 a reversion to the format used for its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification competition.

  • First round: 28 teams (ranked 27–54) played home-and-away over two legs. The 14 winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 40 teams (teams ranked 1–26 and 14 first round winners) will be divided into 10 groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The 10 group winners will advance to the third round.
  • Third round: The 10 teams which will have advanced from the second round will play home-and-away over two legs. The five winners will qualify for the World Cup.

Third round

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Third Round
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Egypt  1–1 (1–3 p)  Senegal 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Cameroon  2–2 (a)  Algeria 0–1 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Ghana  1–1 (a)  Nigeria 0–0 1–1
DR Congo  2–5  Morocco 1–1 1–4
Mali  0–1  Tunisia 0–1 0–0

CONCACAF

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

CONCACAF initially announced on 10 July 2019 a restructured format for the qualifiers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. However, on 25 June 2020, following FIFA's decision to postpone the September international window due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CONCACAF noted that "the challenges presented by postponements to the football calendar, and the incomplete FIFA rankings cycle in our confederation, means our current World Cup qualifying process has been compromised and will be changed." On 27 July 2020, CONCACAF announced a new qualifying format for the World Cup.

  • First round: CONCACAF teams ranked 6 to 35 based on the FIFA rankings of July 2020 were drawn into six groups of five and will play single round-robin matches (two home and two away), with group winners qualifying for the second round.
  • Second round: The six first round group winners will play in a two-legged home-and-away series. The three winners will advance to the final round.
  • Third round: The three second round winners will join the top five CONCACAF teams (Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras) also based on the FIFA rankings of July 2020 and play home-and-away round-robin matches in one single group. The top three teams qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-placed team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Final positions (third round)

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Canada 14 8 4 2 23 7 +16 28 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Mexico 14 8 4 2 17 8 +9 28
 United States 14 7 4 3 21 10 +11 25
 Costa Rica 14 7 4 3 13 8 +5 25
 Panama 14 6 3 5 17 19 −2 21
 Jamaica 14 2 5 7 12 22 −10 11
 El Salvador 14 2 4 8 8 18 −10 10
 Honduras 14 0 4 10 7 26 −19 4

CONMEBOL

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

The CONMEBOL Council decided on 24 January 2019 to maintain the same qualification structure used for the previous six tournaments. From March 2020 to November 2021, all of ten CONMEBOL teams will play in a league of home-and-away round-robin matches. The top four teams qualify for the World Cup, and the fifth-placed team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Current stage

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Brazil (Q) 15 12 3 0 32 5 +27 39 Qualification to
2022 FIFA World Cup
 Argentina (Q) 15 10 5 0 23 7 +16 35
 Ecuador 16 7 4 5 25 15 +10 25
 Uruguay 16 6 4 6 19 22 −3 22
 Peru 16 6 3 7 17 21 −4 21 Advance to
inter-confederation play-offs
 Chile 16 5 4 7 19 20 −1 19
 Colombia 16 3 8 5 16 19 −3 17
 Bolivia 16 4 3 9 23 35 −12 15
 Paraguay (E) 16 2 7 7 9 23 −14 13
 Venezuela (E) 16 3 1 12 14 30 −16 10

OFC

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

Qualifying was expected to begin in September 2020, but the FIFA international window in that month for the OFC was postponed by the pandemic.

Earlier in July that year, the OFC submitted a proposal to FIFA for the qualifiers in response to the pandemic, intending to organise a group stage in March and June 2021 followed by semi-finals and a final in September and October of that year. After continued delays, by September 2021 the OFC felt it was "not possible at this time to organise a qualifying competition within the Oceania region" and it was instead staged in Qatar in March 2022.

The qualifying stage was to be a single match on 13 March 2022 between the two lowest-ranked participating OFC nations in the FIFA World Rankings, with the winner advancing to the group stage. Then eight remaining teams were drawn into two groups of four, playing single leg round-robin. The top two teams from each group advanced to a single leg knockout stage. The final winner advanced to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Final stage

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
27 March 2022 – Doha (Al-Arabi)
 
 
 Solomon Islands3
 
30 March 2022 – Doha (Al-Arabi)
 
 Papua New Guinea2
 
 Solomon Islands0
 
27 March 2022 – Doha (Al-Arabi)
 
 New Zealand5
 
 New Zealand1
 
 
 Tahiti0
 

UEFA

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The draw for the first round (group stage) was held in Zürich, Switzerland on 7 December 2020, 18:00 CET (UTC+1). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draw was held as a virtual event without any representatives of member associations present. It was originally planned to be held on 29 November. On 18 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee approved the draw regulations for the qualifying group stage. The 55 teams were seeded into six pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of November 2020, after the league phase of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.

The qualification format was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on 4 December 2019. The qualification will depend, in part, on results from the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, although to a lesser degree than UEFA Euro 2020. The structure maintained UEFA's usual 'group stage/playoff stage' structure, with only the specific format of the play-offs amended.

  • First round (group stage): 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams with group winners qualifying for the World Cup finals. The 4 teams in the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals (France, Belgium, Italy and Spain) will be put into the smaller groups.
  • Second round (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 qualifying group. These 12 teams will be drawn into three play-off paths, playing two rounds of single-match play-offs (semi-finals and finals, with the home teams to be drawn), with the 3 path winners qualifying for the World Cup.

Final positions (first round)

Group A
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Serbia 8 6 2 0 18 9 +9 20 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Portugal 8 5 2 1 17 6 +11 17 Advance to second round
 Republic of Ireland 8 2 3 3 11 8 +3 9
 Luxembourg 8 3 0 5 8 18 −10 9
 Azerbaijan 8 0 1 7 5 18 −13 1
Group B
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Spain 8 6 1 1 15 5 +10 19 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Sweden 8 5 0 3 12 6 +6 15 Advance to second round
 Greece 8 2 4 2 8 8 0 10
 Georgia 8 2 1 5 6 12 −6 7
 Kosovo 8 1 2 5 5 15 −10 5
Group C
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Switzerland 8 5 3 0 15 2 +13 18 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Italy 8 4 4 0 13 2 +11 16 Advance to second round
 Northern Ireland 8 2 3 3 6 7 −1 9
 Bulgaria 8 2 2 4 6 14 −8 8
 Lithuania 8 1 0 7 4 19 −15 3
Group D
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 France 8 5 3 0 18 3 +15 18 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Ukraine 8 2 6 0 11 8 +3 12 Advance to second round
 Finland 8 3 2 3 10 10 0 11
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 1 4 3 9 12 −3 7
 Kazakhstan 8 0 3 5 5 20 −15 3
Group E
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Belgium 8 6 2 0 25 6 +19 20 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Wales 8 4 3 1 14 9 +5 15 Advance to second round
 Czech Republic 8 4 2 2 14 9 +5 14
 Estonia 8 1 1 6 9 21 −12 4
 Belarus 8 1 0 7 7 24 −17 3
Group F
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Denmark 10 9 0 1 30 3 +27 27 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Scotland 10 7 2 1 17 7 +10 23 Advance to second round
 Israel 10 5 1 4 23 21 +2 16
 Austria 10 5 1 4 19 17 +2 16 Advance to play-offs via Nations League
 Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 7 23 −16 4
 Moldova 10 0 1 9 5 30 −25 1
Group G
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Netherlands 10 7 2 1 33 8 +25 23 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Turkey 10 6 3 1 27 16 +11 21 Advance to second round
 Norway 10 5 3 2 15 8 +7 18
 Montenegro 10 3 3 4 14 15 −1 12
 Latvia 10 2 3 5 11 14 −3 9
 Gibraltar 10 0 0 10 4 43 −39 0
Group H
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Croatia 10 7 2 1 21 4 +17 23 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Russia 10 7 1 2 19 6 +13 22 Advance to play-offs, later disqualified
 Slovakia 10 3 5 2 17 10 +7 14
 Slovenia 10 4 2 4 13 12 +1 14
 Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 21 −17 5
 Malta 10 1 2 7 9 30 −21 5
Group I
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 England 10 8 2 0 39 3 +36 26 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 Poland 10 6 2 2 30 11 +19 20 Advance to second round
 Albania 10 6 0 4 12 12 0 18
 Hungary 10 5 2 3 19 13 +6 17
 Andorra 10 2 0 8 8 24 −16 6
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 46 −45 0
Group J
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 Germany 10 9 0 1 36 4 +32 27 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup
 North Macedonia 10 5 3 2 23 11 +12 18 Advance to second round
 Romania 10 5 2 3 13 8 +5 17
 Armenia 10 3 3 4 9 20 −11 12
 Iceland 10 2 3 5 12 18 −6 9
 Liechtenstein 10 0 1 9 2 34 −32 1

Current stage (second round)

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
24 March 2022 – Cardiff
 
 
 Wales2
 
5 June 2022 – Cardiff
 
 Austria1
 
 Wales
 
1 June 2022 – Glasgow
 
Winner semi-final 1
 
 Scotland
 
 
 Ukraine
 
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
Cancelled
 
 
 Russia
 
29 March 2022 – Chorzów
 
 Polandw/o
 
 Poland2
 
24 March 2022 – Solna
 
 Sweden0
 
 Sweden (a.e.t.)1
 
 
 Czech Republic0
 
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
24 March 2022 – Porto
 
 
 Portugal3
 
29 March 2022 – Porto
 
 Turkey1
 
 Portugal2
 
24 March 2022 – Palermo
 
 North Macedonia0
 
 Italy0
 
 
 North Macedonia1
 

Inter-confederation play-offs

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (inter-confederation play-offs)

There will be two inter-confederation play-offs to determine the final two qualification spots for the finals. They are scheduled to be played in Qatar on 13–14 June 2022.

AFC v CONMEBOL

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC–CONMEBOL play-off)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
AFC Fourth Round winner 13 Jun  Peru

CONCACAF v OFC

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF–OFC play-off)
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Costa Rica  14 Jun  New Zealand

Top goalscorers

There have been 370 goals scored in 135 matches, for an average of 2.74 goals per match (as of 19 November 2019). Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Goals
1 Syria Omar Al Somah 7
2 United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout 6
3 Uzbekistan Eldor Shomurodov 6
4 China Yang Xu 5
5 Iran Karim Ansarifard 5
6 Japan Takumi Minamino 5
7 Australia Jamie Maclaren 4
8 Australia Harry Souttar 4
9 Iran Sardar Azmoun 4
Rank Player Goals
10 Iraq Mohanad Ali 4
11 Jordan Baha' Faisal 4
12 Kuwait Yousef Nasser 4
13 Malaysia Safawi Rasid 4
14 Malaysia Shahrel Fikri 4
15 Malaysia Mohamadou Sumareh 4
16 Oman Rabia Al-Alawi 4
17 Qatar Almoez Ali 4
18 South Korea Kim Shin-wook 4
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
AFC
First Round · Second Round · Third Round · Fourth Round (play-off)
CAF
First Round · Second Round · Third Round
CONCACAF
First Round · Second Round · Third Round
CONMEBOL
Round Robin
OFC
First Round · Second Round
UEFA
First Round (Group A · Group B · Group C · Group D · Group E · Group F · Group G · Group H · Group I · Group J) · Second Round (play-offs) Related: Nations League
Play-offs
AFC v CONMEBOL · CONCACAF v OFC
2022 FIFA World Cup

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Group E  · Group F  · Group G  · Group H

Knockout stage  · Final

Qualification · Squads

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