Wales and Scotland confirmed their locations within the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup with Portugal and Italy additionally becoming a member of them, so how does it work and the way can you comply with Friday afternoon’s draw?
How do the play-offs work?
The play-offs happen from March 24 to 29, with 10 group runners-up joined by the 2 finest group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League total rating which have neither certified immediately as group winners, nor entered the play-offs already as group runners-up.
These 12 groups can be drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals and a remaining. The three path winners qualify for the World Cup.
When is the play-off draw and the way will it work?
The draw will happen in Zurich on Friday, November 26 from 4pm, UK time.
You’ll give you the option to comply with reside commentary of the draw on Sky Sports Digital and watch the draw reside on Sky Sports’ YouTube channels.
The six best-ranked runners-up – primarily based on standards that begins with variety of factors, objective distinction and targets scored – can be allotted to Pot 1 and drawn in six semi-finals as the house staff.
The remaining groups will then be drawn from Pot 2 to semi-finals 1-6.
There can be three play-off paths, with every offering a World Cup finalist.
Semi-finals 1 and a couple of make up play-off path A, semi-finals 3 and 4 type path B and semi-finals 5 and 6 will contest path C.
To decide which semi-final winner will play at dwelling within the remaining, an extra draw can be held for every path.
When do the play-off video games happen?
Play-off semi-finals: Thursday March 24 2022
Play-off finals: Tuesday March 29 2022
UEFA will affirm the kick-off occasions after the draw.
How do the play-offs work?
The winners of every group routinely qualify for the World Cup finals, which run from November 21 to December 18 2022, however three extra groups will seal their place on the finish of the play-offs in March.
The play-offs happen from March 24 to 29 2022, with 10 group runners-up joined by the 2 finest group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League total rating which have neither certified immediately as group winners nor entered the play-offs already as group runners-up.
During a play-off draw on November 26 2021, these 12 groups can be drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals and a remaining, with the three path winners then qualifying for the event in Qatar.
The draw can be seeded primarily based upon qualifying-round factors. The six finest runners-up can be seeded and play their video games at dwelling, whereas the remaining 4 – plus the 2 UEFA Nations League groups – are unseeded and can face an away tie.
Courtesy of their win over Denmark of their remaining qualifying match, Scotland are seeded for the play-offs, which implies they’ll play at dwelling of their play-off semi-final. Wales secured the identical destiny by drawing with Belgium in Cardiff on Tuesday.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will function 32 groups in eight teams of 4.
Four matches can be performed every day through the group stage, which is able to run over a 12-day interval and see winners and runners-up progress to the spherical of 16.
Matches will solely be assigned to explicit venues after the finals draw, so organisers can select optimum kick-off occasions to go well with tv audiences in several nations, in addition to supporters out in Qatar.
The finals draw is scheduled to happen in April 2022, after the March window for worldwide fixtures.
Unlike at Euro 2020, there can be a third-place play-off sport on December 17.
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 kick off?
FIFA has confirmed the primary two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm native time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm within the United Kingdom).
Kick-off occasions within the remaining spherical of group video games and knock-out spherical matches can be at 6pm and 10pm native time (3pm and 7pm UK time). The remaining is scheduled to kick off at 6pm native time (3pm UK time)