Football fans around the world are awaiting at eight in the evening, UAE time, the draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The drawing of the lottery has always been a major station in the World Cup, because it draws the features of the competitions between the various teams and is the road map to it in the finals.
The process of drawing the lottery is receiving great attention, and the CEO of the World Cup, Nasser Al-Khater, indicated that the process of conducting the lottery will be watched by more than 200 million people around the world, as its events will be transmitted by more than 350 channels around the world.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino considered that Qatar will host “not only the best World Cup ever, but also a unique edition.”
32 teams will participate in the finals, 29 of which have been identified so far, and three matches remain in different supplements, the first between Peru, fifth in South America, third in Asia (UAE or Australia), and between New Zealand, the champions of Oceania, and Costa Rica, fifth in the CONCACAF region (Central and North America and the Caribbean), in addition to The European play-off, where Wales, which overtook Austria, is waiting for the winner of the confrontations with Scotland and Ukraine, with all of these matches to be held next June.
The following teams have qualified so far:
Asia: Qatar (host country), Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
South America: Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay.
Europe: Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland.
Africa: Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon.
CONCACAF: Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
The procedures for drawing the lots refer to the distribution of 28 qualified teams according to a sporting principle based on the four bowls (1 to 4) based on the world rankings. Qatar will be in the first pot, classification (A1) as a representative of the host country.
The teams ranked from 8 to 15 will be placed in the rankings in Pot 2, and the teams ranked from 16 to 23 in Pot 3, while Pot 4 will include the teams ranked from 24 to 28 in addition to the two teams that qualify from Critical international play-offs (Asia-South America/CONCACAF-Oceania), plus the team that will qualify for the European play-off.
The teams of each continental union will be divided into the eight groups, so that no two teams from the same continental union participate in one group, with the exception of Europe, represented by thirteen teams, where two European teams will compete in five groups out of eight.
Rashid bin Humaid heads the UAE delegation to the “FIFA Congress”
The Emirates Football Association participated in the 72nd FIFA Congress, which was held yesterday in Doha. The UAE delegation was headed by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Football Association, and the delegation included: Abdullah Nasser Al-Junaibi. First Vice President of the Federation, President of the UAE Professional League, and Mohammed Abdullah Hazam Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the Federation.
The Congress witnessed fruitful discussions for the UAE delegation, where he met Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid and members of the delegation, Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Asian Football Confederation, and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of the Qatar Football Association, in addition to to the heads of national associations.
The discussions included the projects of the AFC for the coming period, especially after the decision of the Asian Executive Office regarding the initiative for elite club championships in the continent, and the working group that was formed from representatives of the national federations in West Asia for this purpose.
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