2022 FIFA World Cup vital dates

32 nations will compete in Qatar next year looking to emulate France at the 2018 World Cup competition.

Didier Deschamps and his men overcame Croatia in Moscow to be crowned world champions with a 4-2 win at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital back in 2018.

21 November opening ceremony

As 2021 moves on and qualifying phases around the various confederations reach the ‘business end’.

At present only three teams have confirmed their place in Qatar with the November FIFA window set to see more nations having their passports stamped.

At the time of writing, Denmark, Germany and hosts Qatar are the qualified sides that will be in action in the Middle East when the action gets underway next year.

Felix Sanchez’s ‘Maroons’ will open the tournament on 21 November at the spectacular Al Bayt Stadium.

2022 qualification

Of the 32 participating nations, 13 will be from Europe (UEFA), five African (CAF) representatives, Asia (AFC) will put forward 4.5 sides, not including Qatar.

There will be 4.5 sides from South America’s CONMEBOL, 3.5 from CONCACAF with Oceania having 0.5 sides.

The five nations will be forced into am inter-confederation play-off in early 2022 to determine the final composition of the 32 final participants.

World Cup 2022 Format

The 32 qualified sides will be placed in eight groups of four with the top two sides from each group progressing to the Round of 16.

A quarter-final will be ensuing ahead of the semi-final and grand final which will be staged on Qatar National Day 18 December, 2022.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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