When is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

With eight months until the 2022 Qatar World Cup, fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the draw.

After four years, the World Cup is back and it will be the last time we see the 32-team tournament before expanding to 48 teams in 2026.

The Qatar World Cup will be the first ever Winter World Cup.


The Qatar World Cup will be the first ever Winter World Cup.Photo credit: Getty

As qualifying draws to a close, fans are eagerly awaiting the full line-up of teams set to play in Qatar this winter.

Qatar is expected to be the first World Cup to be held in winter as extreme summer temperatures are considered too hot for competitive sport.

The World Cup draw will take place live from Doha on Friday 1 April at 4pm.

When does the tournament start?

  • The group stage of the Qatar World Cup begins on Monday 21st November.
  • The final of this year’s World Cup will take place on December 18, just a week before Christmas.
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Which teams qualified for Qatar?


  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Serbia
  • England
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands



  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Qatar (hosts)
  • Japan
  • Saudi Arabia


Who can still qualify for the World Cup?

With 10 UEFA teams already qualified, there is still room for three more.

The playoffs are scheduled to take place in March, with the exception of Scotland vs Ukraine, and are as follows:

way A

Play-Off Final 1: Wales vs. Ukraine – Postponed to June

Path B

Play-off Final 2: Poland vs. Sweden – March 29th (kick-off 7.45 p.m.)

way C

Portugal vs North Macedonia – March 29th (kick-off 7.45 p.m.)

Playoff Finals: March 29th

Play-offs are also taking place in the African Confederation, with Egypt taking on Senegal in a two-legged qualifier.

In North and South America, the qualifiers should be completed in this international break.

The final World Cup places will be decided in the intercontinental play-offs in June. When is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?


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