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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 405 days stand between now and the start of the competition.

With Qatar’s place in the tournament solidified based on their host status, 31 other countries are currently vying for their place next November. 

However, two more teams were added to the list of the qualified with Germany and Denmark.

The Germans secured their place atop Group J with two matches remaining after going 7-0-1 and picking up 21 out of a possible 24 points at this stage, while Denmark is undefeated to this point, having won its eighth-straight match.

With UEFA’s qualifying cycle nearing completion, several other nations are closing in on securing their place in Qatar, while in other qualifying zones like North and South America, Mexico and Brazil are positioning themselves well to reach another World Cup.

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

Germany

Denmark

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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 - 14 pts

2. Portugal - 13 pts

3. Luxembourg - 6 pts

4. Republic of Ireland - 5 pts

5. Azerbaijan - 1 pt

Group B

1. Spain - 13 pts

2. Sweden - 12 pts

3. Greece - 9 pts

4. Kosovo- 4 pts

5. Georgia - 1 pt

Group C

1. Italy- 14 pts

2. Switzerland - 11 pts

3. Northern Ireland - 5 pts

4. Bulgaria - 5 pts

5. Lithuania - 3 pts

Group D

1. France - 12 pts

2. Ukraine - 8 pts

3. Bosnia and Herzegovina - 6 pts

4. Finland- 5 pts

5. Kazakhstan - 3 pts

Group E

1. Belgium - 16 pts

2. Czech Republic - 11 pts

3. Wales - 11 pts

4. Estonia - 4 pts

5. Belarus - 3 pts

Group F

1. Denmark - 24 pts

2. Scotland - 14 pts

3. Israel - 10 pts

4. Austria - 10 pts

5. Faroe Islands - 4 pts 

6. Moldova - 1 pt

Group G

1. Netherlands - 19 pts

2. Norway - 17 pts

3. Turkey - 15 pts

4. Montenegro - 11 pts

5. Latvia - 5 pts

6. Gibraltar - 0 pts

Group H

1. Russia - 19 pts

2. Croatia - 17 pts

3. Slovakia - 10 pts

4. Slovenia - 10 pts

5. Malta - 5 pts

6. Cyprus - 5 pts

Group I 

1. England - 19 pts

2. Albania - 15 pts

3. Poland - 14 pts

4. Hungary - 10 pts

5. Andorra - 3 pts

6. San Marino - 0 pts

Group J

1. Germany - 21 pts - Qualified

2. Romania - 13 pts

3. North Macedonia - 12 pts

4. Armenia - 12 pts

5. Iceland - 8 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 - 28 pts

2. Argentina - 22 pts

3. Ecuador - 16 pts

4. Uruguay - 16 pts

5. Colombia - 15 pts

6. Paraguay - 12 pts

7. Peru - 11 pts

8. Chile - 10 pts

9. Bolivia - 9 pts

10. Venezuela - 7 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. Mexico - 11 pts

2. United States - 8 pts

3. Panama - 8 pts

4. Canada - 7 pts

5. Costa Rica - 6 pts

6. El Salvador - 5 pts

7. Honduras - 3 pts

8. Jamaica - 2 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 either a CONMEBOL, CONCACAF or OFC opponent.

Group A

1. Iran - 9 pts

2. South Korea - 7 pts

3. United Arab Emirates - 2 pts

4. Lebanon - 2 pts

5. Iraq - 2 pts

6. Syria - 1 pt

Group B

1. Australia - 9 pts

2. Saudi Arabia - 9 pts

3. Japan - 6 pts

4. Oman - 3 pts

5. China - 3 pts

6. Vietnam - 0 pts

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CAF (Africa)

5 nations qualify

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

Group A

1. Burkina Faso - 10 pts

2. Algeria - 7 pts

3. Niger - 3 pts

4. Djibouti - 0 pts

Group B

1. Tunisia - 10 pts

2. Equatorial Guinea - 7 pts

3. Zambia - 4 pts

4. Mauritania - 1 pt

Group C

1. Nigeria - 9 pts

2. Cape Verde - 7 pts

3. Central African Republic - 4 pts

4. Liberia - 3 pts

Group D

1. Ivory Coast - 10 pts

2. Cameroon - 9 pts

3. Malawi - 3 pts

4. Mozambique - 1 pt

Group E

1. Mali - 10 pts

2. Uganda - 8 pts

3. Kenya - 2 pts

4. Rwanda - 1 pt

Group F

1. Egypt - 10 pts

2. Libya - 6 pts

3. Gabon - 4 pts

4. Angola - 3 pts

Group G

1. South Africa - 7 pts

2. Ghana - 6 pts

3. Ethiopia - 3 pts

4. Zimbabwe - 1 pt

Group H

1. Senegal - 9 pts

2. Namibia - 4 pts

3. Congo - 2 pts

4. Togo - 1 pt

Group I 

1. Morocco - 9 pts

2. Guinea-Bissau - 4 pts

3. Guinea - 3 pts

4. Sudan - 2 pts

Group J

1. Tanzania - 7 pts

2. Benin - 7 pts

3. DR Congo - 5 pts

4. Madagascar - 3 pts

OFC (Oceania)

0 or 1 nations qualify

Qualifying will take place in March 2022 involving all 11 nations representing Oceania. The nations will be seeded based on their FIFA world rankings.

1. New Zealand

2. Solomon Islands

3. New Caledonia

4. Tahiti

5. Fiji

6. Vanuatu

7. Papua New Guinea

8. American Samoa

9. Samoa

10. Tonga

11. Cook Islands

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