The final qualifying competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will see a total of 205 national teams competing to qualify for the final tournament in Russia. And with so many national teams vying for a spot, it’s no wonder there are several different qualifying stages. In this article, we’ll be going over everything you need to know about the Qatari-based qualifying rounds.
As preparations for the tournament continue, we look at the list of countries that have qualified so far and their remaining fixtures. The World Cup is the pinnacle of football and takes place every four years. It involves more than 200 national teams competing to be named world champions. This article details about Qatar FIFA World Cup Qualifying Rounds.
There are a total of 46 national teams competing in the Qatari FIFA World Cup Qualifying Rounds. Those teams are split up into two main groups: the West Asian Football Federation and the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC group includes Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Oman, while the WAFF group consists of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and Thailand. In terms of the seeded teams, Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Oman are all seeded for their respective groups. Iraq, Jordan, and Palestine are also seeded for their groups given their strong performances in recent years.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the first to be hosted by two countries. The decision to award the tournament to Qatar was made at the FIFA Congress in 2014. Since then, the tiny country has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Qatar has been under scrutiny for the way the country is awarding contracts and the conditions workers face while constructing the stadiums, hotels, and other infrastructure that will be required to host a major sporting event. There are several reasons why the tiny, oil-rich country was chosen over Australia and the United States as the 2022 World Cup host. Firstly, Qatar is a small country with a population of just 2.7 million, which means that a tournament of this scale will have a far smaller impact on the daily life of the people than it would in a country with a larger population. Secondly, Qatar has very little football tradition, but it does have money. The country’s bid was ambitious, but FIFA wanted to grow the game in new markets, and Qatar promised to pour billions into building stadiums and training the local population. Thirdly, the tournament will be held in November and December, when the weather in Qatar is pleasant.
List of Countries Qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
- Asia China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have qualified for the 2022 World Cup from Asia. The other nine Asian nations are preparing for the Asian Cup in December and January, which is a tournament for the top Asian teams. The top four teams from the Asian Cup qualify for Copa America in 2021.
- Africa Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Morocco have qualified for the 2022 World Cup from Africa. The other 10 African nations are preparing for the African Cup of Nations in June and July, which is a tournament for the top African teams. The top four teams from the African Cup of Nations qualify for Copa America in 2021.
- Europe Italy, Norway, Portugal, and Spain have qualified for the 2022 World Cup from Europe. The other 16 European nations are preparing for the UEFA Nations League in October, November, and December. The top four countries will qualify for Copa America in 2021.
- North and Central America Panama, Costa Rica, and the United States have qualified for the 2022 World Cup from North and Central America. The other 10 nations are preparing for the Concacaf Nations League in October, November, and December. The top four teams from the Concacaf Nations League will qualify for the Copa America in 2021.
The Qatari FIFA World Cup Qualifying Rounds will be the final opportunity for teams to make it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the tournament will be nothing short of exciting. Be sure to check back with us during the qualifying rounds as we provide you with the latest news and results. It’s sure to be an exciting time for football fans all across the globe.
The Qatar World Cup is just around the corner, all teams have now qualified and we await this amazing football spectacle starting on November 31st 2022. It promises to be one of the most memorable in history not only as it is in a Muslim country with rules that are alien to other nationalities, but also it promises to be an amazing showcase with stunning new stadiums that have been financed by the Qatar leadership.