The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw will take place on April 1 on TSN
The 2022 FIFA World Cup draws closer on Friday, April 1 when the official World Cup draw takes place in host country Qatar.
TSN has full coverage of the draw, starting at 11 a.m. and/8 a.m. pt with a one-hour pre-show, followed by the draw at noon and/9 a.m. pt. After the draw ends, coverage continues with a two-hour post-show at 1 p.m. and / 11 a.m. pt. A review show will follow at 7 and/4 p.m. pt. TSN’s Matt Scianitti will be live in Doha and collect reactions from around the world after the draw.
Fifteen of the 32 teams have already qualified, including host country Qatar.
From Europe, the former champions of Germany, Spain, England and France have already secured their tickets to Qatar alongside the Netherlands, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland and the world No. 1 team, Belgium.
A pair of former South American champions also qualified in the form of eternal rivals Brazil and Argentina.
From Asia, Iran and South Korea will also head to Qatar.
Qualifying resumes around the world on March 24.
Canada can qualify for Qatar that night. At the top of the CONCACAF standings with 25 points with just three games to go, Canada need just two points (either accumulated by Canada or given up by fourth-place team, currently Panama) to secure the qualification. Canada will visit Costa Rica on March 24, return to Toronto to face Jamaica at BMO Field on March 27 and complete qualification March 30 in Panama.
The top three CONCACAF teams qualify directly for Qatar, with the fourth-place team set to face a team from the Oceania Football Confederation in a sudden-death playoff for one of the remaining spots. The United States and Mexico are currently in second and third place respectively. Fifth-placed Costa Rica remains alive for direct qualification and El Salvador can still finish fourth, but Honduras and Jamaica were eliminated.
The CONCACAF-OFC qualifiers are scheduled for June 13 or 14 in Qatar. The smallest of FIFA’s conferences, the OFC will not send any teams directly to Qatar, with the qualifiers being the only way for a team to qualify. New Zealand are big favorites to leave the OFC.
In Europe, the second round of the UEFA qualifiers is split into three brackets with three more places up for grabs. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to procedural changes. FIFA expelled Russia from the tournament, which means Poland, who were due to face Russia, advance to their group final without surprise. Poland will now host the winner of the Sweden-Czech Republic match on March 29, with the winner traveling to Qatar. Ukraine’s game against Scotland, originally scheduled for March 24, has been postponed to June. This also means that the final between the winner of this match and the winner of the match Wales against Austria on March 24 will also take place in June. In the final bracket, Portugal take on Turkey and Italy meet North Macedonia with the two winners playing for a place on March 29.
In South America, the final two rounds of CONMEBOL qualifying will be hotly contested with a number of traditional powerhouses potentially absent from Qatar. With Brazil and Argentina already qualified, two other teams will qualify directly by finishing in the top four. The fifth-place team will enter the playoffs against an Asian Football Confederation side in June. Ecuador currently sit in third place with 25 points and have already been guaranteed a place in the top five. Behind them with 22 points in fourth place is Uruguay. Peru currently sit in the playoff spot with 21 points. On the outside, at the moment, are Chile (19) and Colombia (17). Bolivia, with 15 points, can still finish fifth, but Venezuela and Paraguay have already been eliminated.
In Asia, the 12 teams that make up the second round of the qualifiers have been split into two groups of six. The top two teams from each group qualify directly with the third-place teams from each group meeting for the chance to represent the AFC in the Intercontinental Qualifiers against a CONMEBOL team. Iran and South Korea were Group A class and have already booked their places. With two games remaining, the United Arab Emirates are currently third on nine points, with Lebanon (six) and Iraq (five) still alive. Syria has been eliminated. Group B’s fight for automatic qualification will come down to the final matches. Currently, Saudi Arabia (19) and Japan (18) occupy the top two spots, with Australia in third with 15 points. The three remaining teams in the group, Oman, China and Vietnam, have already been eliminated. The meeting between the two third-placed teams is set for June 7.
The Confederation of African Football will send five teams to Qatar and they will be determined in the third qualifying round which will take place on March 25-29. Chopped off. In a star-studded Liverpool battle and Africa Cup of Nations final rematch, Mo Salah’s Egypt take on Sadio Mane and Senegal. Cameroon meet Riyad Mahrez and Algeria. The Ayew brothers and Ghana take on Kelechi Iheanacho and Nigeria. Paris Saint-Germain star winger Achraf Hakimi leads Morocco against Congo. In the final match, Yves Bissouma of Brighton and Mali will face Tunisia.