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When are the World Cup 2022 UEFA play-offs?

Scotland 2022 World Cup
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The World Cup qualifying groups are about to end in Europe, and many fans are already looking ahead to next year’s decisive play-offs. 

Scotland and Wales will line up in the revamped play-off system next year, which features the 10 group runners-up and the two best group winners from the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League who haven’t already qualified. 

When is the draw and when are the play-offs? 

The draw takes place on Friday November 26 at 4pm GMT. 

The semi-finals will be staged over March 24 and 25, and the finals on 28 and 29 March 2022. 

What is the format?

The new format will see three play-off paths drawn, each featuring four teams.

In each path, there will be two one-legged semi-finals, played at the home of the seeded side, with the winners meeting in a final.

The three victorious finalists, one from each path, will reach the World Cup.

Who has qualified for the play-offs so far?

  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • North Macedonia
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic