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Who’s Qualified for the 2022 World Cup?

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Alex Grimm / Staff

The countdown is on until the kickoff of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and we're less than 10 months away from the start of the greatest spectacle in football.

With Qatar’s place in the tournament solidified based on their host status, many other countries from around world are currently vying for their place next November. 

As things stand, nearly half the World Cup field is set with 15 countries having booked their place in this fall's competition.

Here’s a look at the current state of World Cup qualifying across the globe and how teams can qualify for the world’s biggest competition.

Qualified Nations

Qatar - Host Nation

Germany - UEFA

Denmark - UEFA

Brazil - CONMEBOL

France - UEFA

Belgium - UEFA

Croatia - UEFA

Spain - UEFA

Serbia - UEFA

England - UEFA

Switzerland - UEFA

Netherlands - UEFA

Argentina - CONMEBOL

Iran - AFC

South Korea - AFC

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UEFA (Europe)

13 nations qualify

The 10 group winners will qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup, while six runners' up will compete in playoff matches to determine the final three spots. Groups with six teams will have second-place finishers compete in the playoffs, while groups of five will only have the top team advance.

Group A

1. Serbia - 20 pts - Qualified

2. Portugal - 17 pts

3. Luxembourg - 9 pts

4. Republic of Ireland - 9 pts

5. Azerbaijan - 1 pt

Group B

1. Spain - 19 pts - Qualified

2. Sweden - 15 pts

3. Greece - 10 pts

4. Georgia - 7 pts

5. Kosovo - 5 pt

Group C

1. Switzerland - 18 pts - Qualified

2. Italy - 16 pts

3. Northern Ireland - 9 pts

4. Bulgaria - 8 pts

5. Lithuania - 3 pts

Group D

1. France - 18 pts - Qualified

2. Ukraine - 12 pts

3. Finland - 11 pts

4. Bosnia & Herzegovina - 7 pts

5. Kazakhstan - 3 pts

Group E

1. Belgium - 16 pts - Qualified

2. Wales - 15 pts

3. Czech Republic - 14 pts

4. Estonia - 4 pts

5. Belarus - 3 pts

Group F

1. Denmark - 27 pts - Qualified

2. Scotland - 23 pts

3. Israel - 16 pts

4. Austria - 16 pts

5. Faroe Islands - 4 pts 

6. Moldova - 1 pt

Group G

1. Netherlands - 23 pts - Qualified

2. Norway - 21 pts

3. Turkey - 18 pts

4. Montenegro - 12 pts

5. Latvia - 9 pts

6. Gibraltar - 0 pts

Group H

1. Croatia - 23 pts - Qualified

2. Russia - 22 pts

3. Slovakia - 14 pts

4. Slovenia - 14 pts

5. Malta - 5 pts

6. Cyprus - 5 pts

Group I 

1. England - 26 pts - Qualified

2. Poland - 20 pts

3. Albania - 18 pts

4. Hungary - 17 pts

5. Andorra - 6 pts

6. San Marino - 0 pts

Group J

1. Germany - 27 pts - Qualified

2. North Macedonia - 18 pts

3. Romania - 17 pts

4. Armenia - 12 pts

5. Iceland - 9 pts

6. Liechtenstein - 1 pt

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CONMEBOL (South America)

4 or 5 nations qualify

The top four qualifying teams will automatically reach the World Cup, while the fifth-place finisher will compete in an inter-continental playoff against a team from either AFC, CONCACAF or OFC.

1. Brazil - 36 pts - Qualified

2. Argentina - 32 pts - Qualified

3. Ecuador - 24 pts

4. Peru - 20 pts

5. Uruguay - 19 pts

6. Colombia - 17 pts

7. Chile - 16 pts

8. Bolivia - 15 pts

9. Paraguay - 13 pts

10. Venezuela - 10 pts

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CONCACAF (North/Central America)

3 or 4 nations qualify

The top three qualifying teams will automatically reach the World Cup, while the fourth-place finisher will compete in an inter-continental playoff against a team from either AFC, CONMEBOL or OFC.

1. Canada - 22 pts

2. United States - 18 pts

3. Mexico- 18 pts

4. Panama - 17 pts

5. Costa Rica - 13 pts

6. El Salvador- 9 pts

7. Jamaica - 7 pts

8. Honduras - 3 pts

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AFC (Asia)

4 or 5 nations qualify

The top two teams in each group automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the two third-place teams will play to decide a potential fifth Asian nation. That playoff winner will then compete in an inter-continental playoff against a CONMEBOL opponent.

Group A

1. Iran - 22 pts - Qualified

2. South Korea - 20 pts - Qualified

3. United Arab Emirates - 9 pts

4. Lebanon - 6 pts

5. Iraq - 5 pts

6. Syria - 2 pts

Group B

1. Saudi Arabia - 19 pts

2. Japan - 18 pts

3. Australia - 17 pts

4. Oman - 7 pts

5. China - 5 pts

6. Vietnam - 3 pts

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CAF (Africa)

5 nations qualify

Africa is currently in its final round of qualifying, where 10 group winners from the previous round will face off in the final round. Five nations will ultimately qualify for Qatar.

Egypt vs. Senegal

Cameroon vs. Algeria

Ghana vs. Nigeria

CR Congo vs. Morocco

Mali vs. Tunisia

OFC (Oceania)

0 or 1 nations qualify

Qualifying will take place in March 2022 involving all eight nations representing Oceania. Two teams will advance from each group to the final round and the winner of the qualification process will take on the fourth place team from CONCACAF.

Group A

  1. Solomon Islands

2. Tahiti

3. Vanuatu

4. Cook Islands

Group B

1. New Zealand

2. New Caledonia

3. Fiji

4. Papa New Guinea

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