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FIFA World Cup 2022

2022 Qatar World Cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Qatar and for the first time ever the biggest tournament in world sport has taken place in Northern Hemisphere winter.

Unlike most recent sporting calendar changes, this one is not because of the Covid-19 pandemic but instead because it is also the first ever tournament to take place in the Middle East and it would simply be too hot to hold the tournament in summer.

Qualifiers

The Qatar World Cup will be the last to feature 32 teams, before the planned expansion takes place of 2026. Each of the six FIFA affiliated confederations will host their own uniquely structured qualifiers in the run up to the tournament to decide who takes their allocated qualification spots.

The CAF (Africa) have 5 places, UEFA (Europe) have 13, CONCACAF (North, Central America, and Caribbean) have 3 guaranteed spots with a 4th entering the inter-confederation playoffs, CONMEBOL (South America) have 4 with a 5th entering the inter-confederation playoffs, the AFC (Asia) have 4 with a 5th entering the inter-confederation playoffs, and the OFC (Oceania) have no guaranteed spots but 1 spot available in the inter-confederation playoffs.

The AFC will have one extra spot which goes to the only currently qualified team, Qatar courtesy of them being the hosts.

The inter-confederation playoffs are due to be played in June 2022 and the ties will be drawn randomly between the 4 qualifying teams with the winner of each tie advancing to the World Cup. The ties will be 2-legged with each team playing home and away and the away goals rule will come into play in the result of an aggregate draw. If it is also a draw on away goals the tie will go to extra time and then if necessary, penalties.

The Main Players

France will go into the tournament as defending World Champions having won the previous tournament in Russia back in 2018. They will undoubtedly go in as one of the favorites again, but it is notoriously difficult to win back to back World Cups, with only Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) managing it previously.

Belgium are currently ranked world number and have been in and around the top of the world rankings for over 5 years now. Whilst the talent is undoubtedly there within the team and they continuously pick up results, when it gets to major tournaments they tend to underperform and will be hoping that they can break that duck here.

The 3rd ranked team in the world, Brazil, have historically had no such difficulties in major tournaments, having won the World Cup and unprecedented 5 occasions. However, they have not won it since 2002 and have looked well short in recent years.

The World Cup is always extremely difficult to call and as well as the 3 teams already mentioned a slew of countries such as England, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Italy, and Uruguay will all fancy their chances.

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