European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup: who qualified for Qatar? Group tables, leaderboards, calendars, dates | Football news
The road to Qatar 2022 continues for European nations – who is in a position to reach the World Cup finals next year?
Here, we walk through the progress of each of the 10 groups as the tables begin to take shape and provide information on the qualification process and key dates.
Group winners will automatically qualify for Qatar 2022 and this page will be updated as countries reserve their places at next year’s flagship tournament.
What are the groups?
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, North Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein
from serbia winning in Luxembourg means they are one point ahead of Portugal, having played one more game.
The group winner will almost certainly come from one of these two camps with Luxembourg now seven points behind Portugal with three to go. This is also bad news for Republic of Ireland, who appears to have too much ground to catch up, with just five points in six games.
Azerbaijan remain stuck at the back of the peloton on one point.
October 12: Portugal vs Luxembourg – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Serbia vs Azerbaijan – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Sweden moved within one point of the leaders of group B Spain thanks to a 3-0 victory over Kosovo and one less match against the Nations League finalists.
Greece, who won in Georgia, is also not out of the box, being just three points behind the Swedes with three to go.
Kosovo and Georgia hang out in fourth and fifth.
October 12: Kosovo vs Georgia – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Sweden vs Greece – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Switzerland maintained their pursuit of league leaders Italy with a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland, reducing their deficit against the Azzurri to three points, one game short.
But the defeat in this contest leaves North Ireland hopes of a place for the play-offs in the air with their gap on Switzerland now six points with three to go.
Bulgaria are also five points away but have played one more game, while Lithuania are three points from their six games.
October 12: Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Lithuania vs Switzerland – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Ukraine The 3-1 win away from Finland kept their weak hopes of toppling Pool leaders alive France, with a gap between the two teams of four points with two games to play.
Behind them, Bosnia herzegovina will not have lost hope of securing a place in the play-off, two points behind Ukraine with one game less. These parties meet in a key clash on Tuesday.
Finland are only one point ahead, with an extra game to play against Ukraine as well. Kazakhstan have too much to do, however.
October 12: Kazakhstan vs Finland – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Ukraine vs Bosnia-Herzegovina – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Wales and Czech Republic are tied in their duel for the play-offs behind Group E commanders Belgium – but Wales’ game in hand could make the difference.
These two sides are eight points ahead Belgium but have a good cushion Estonia – four points back – and Belarus – five points back.
October 11: Estonia vs Wales – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Belarus vs Czech Republic – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Scotland Last-minute winner against Israel means they have a four-point cushion over the second-place chase squad, with just three games to go.
Denmark are over the hills and far away, but it’s still all to play when it comes to Israel and Aaustria (both out of 10 points, four off Scotland). Faroe Islands and Moldova support the pool.
October 12: Denmark vs Austria – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Faroe Islands vs Scotland – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: Israel vs Moldova – kick off at 7.45 p.m.
Netherlands – who beat Latvia 1-0 – moved away from Norway after their Group G rivals drew in Turkey and now have a two-point cushion at the top of the table with three to go.
However, Turkey are still in the field, four points off the top and two points behind Norway, while Montenegro can still imagine their chances of a place in the play-offs.
October 11: Netherlands vs Gibraltar – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Latvia vs Turkey – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Norway vs Montenegro – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Croatia and Russia are still stuck on 16 points, but Croatia now lead Group H on goal difference after their 3-0 victory in Cyprus. Slovenia are six points behind Russia and must beat them on Monday if they are to hope to qualify for the play-offs.
October 11: Croatia vs Slovakia – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Cyprus vs Malta – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Slovenia vs Russia – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
England are two wins away from securing first place in their pool, with Albania defeat Hungary keeping the pressure on.
Poland are still fighting for a place in the play-offs after beating San Marino 5-0 and having a key game with Albania on Tuesday, but Hungary hopes for a second consecutive major tournament are almost over.
October 12: Albania vs Poland – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: England vs Hungary – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 12: San Marino vs Andorra – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Germany lead Group J and extend their lead after beating Romania 2-1. North Macedonia and Armenia are locked in a battle for second place, with Romania not yet out of the equation.
October 11: North Macedonia vs Germany – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Romania vs Armenia – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
October 11: Iceland vs Liechtenstein – kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: everything you need to know
How many European nations qualify?
A total of 13 places for the final tournament are available for UEFA teams. The 55 teams were divided into five groups of five and five groups of six.
The winners of the 10 groups will automatically qualify for the finals, which for the first time will be played in November and December 2022 to avoid the summer heatwave in the Middle East.
What happens if you finish second in your group?
Three more places will be contested between the 10 group runners-up and the two top-ranked Nations League teams that have not yet qualified or have not finished in a second place.
These 12 teams will be divided into three play-off lanes, each featuring four countries, to determine the three final European places. The format will consist of two round of 16 from which the three additional teams will qualify.
When will the playoffs be played?
The playoffs will be played between March and November 2021, with play-offs scheduled for March 2022.
7th day: 8-9 October 2021
8th day: 11-12 October 2021
Day 9: November 11-13, 2021
10th day: November 14-16, 2021
What is the schedule for the matches?
What is the format and schedule for the World Cup?
The tournament will feature 32 teams divided into eight groups of four.
Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will take place over a 12-day period and see the winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.
Matches will only be allocated to particular venues after the draw, so organizers can choose optimal kick-off times based on TV audiences from different countries, as well as supporters in Qatar.
The draw is expected to take place in April 2022, after the March window for international matches.
Unlike Euro 2020, there will be a play-off for third place on December 17th.
Group stage: November 21-December 2
round of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Final: December 18
When will the matches start?
FIFA has confirmed that the first two rounds of matches will start at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the UK).
Kick-off times for the final group and knockout matches will be 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time (3 p.m. and 7 p.m. UK time).
The final kicks off at 6:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. UK time)
What are the locations?
Group matches will be played in eight stadiums: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.