The UEFA Executive Committee June 18 approved the procedure for the draw of the qualifying tournament, the 2022 world Cup in the European zone.
The selection of the 2022 world Cup in the European zone, which will be played on 13 trips, should start in March 2021, and to end with play-offs in March 2022-th. About the time and place of the draw ceremony of the qualifying competition will be announced later.
The 2022 world Cup. Qualifying tournament. European area
All 55 teams representing UEFA member associations, will play a double round Robin tournament in 10 groups (five to six teams and five – on-five). There are 10 Windows from March to November 2021. Before the draw the participants according to the FIFA rankings after the finish of the group stage of the League of Nations-2020/2021 (for 18.11.2020) will be divided into six baskets (five will be 10 teams, one to five).
The 10 group winners go directly to the 2022 world Cup. The second team will continue to struggle in the next stage.
Round of the playoffs
10 second teams of the qualifying groups and the top two teams among the group winners of the League of Nations-2020/2021 (those who do not fall into the first two in groups qualifying world Cup 2022) will play in March 2022 in the playoffs, which will consist of two stages.
12 participants first play-off semi-final matches will determine six, and then in the final three of the strongest. They will receive three tickets to Qatar, which remained. The world Cup will be held from 21 November to 18 December 2022.
On the 2022 world Cup, Europe has 13 places, Africa 5, South America and Asia 4.5, CONCACAF – 3.5, the Oceania is 0.5. Another license went to Qatar as host of the world Cup.
Note that now the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee must be ratified by FIFA.
We will remind, the national team of Ukraine will play in the main division of the League of Nations 2020/21.