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When is the World Cup 2022 group draw?

When is the World Cup 2022 group draw?
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The World Cup 2022 group draw will take place in Qatar’s capital city Doha on April 1.

That is shortly after the completion of the European play-off finals, which take place on March 29.

The World Cup 2022 groups will, however, be drawn before the inter-confederation play-offs have taken place, meaning that some groups will still have 'to be confirmed' places in them until this summer.

Those two games, one between teams who finished in a play-off spot in the Asian and South American qualifiers and another between those in North America and Oceania, won’t be staged until June.  

World Cup 2022 group draw: Who has qualified so far?

As it stands, 15 of the 32 teams heading to Qatar have been decided:

  • Qatar (Hosts)
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Serbia
  • England
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Argentina
  • Iran
  • South Korea

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When is the World Cup 2022?

This year’s World Cup is the first to take place at the end of the year, due to the searing temperatures of the Qatar summer.

It kicks off on November 21 with a game that will feature hosts Qatar, and the group stage action will run until December 2.

The last-16 games take place between December 3-6, the quarter-finals are on December 9 and 10, and the semi-finals are scheduled for December 13 and 14.

The world champions will then be decided in the World Cup final on December 18.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.