2022 Fifa world cup qualification is the process through which national teams qualify for the 2022 Fifa world cup final tournament. A total of 80 slots in the final tournament are available for qualifying national teams. The first step in determining the allocation of these slots to each confederation is through a seeding process based on the Fifa ranking at the beginning of the 2022 Fifa world cup qualifying competition.
How does the 2022 Fifa world cup qualification works?
The qualifying draw will determine the allocation of all 80 slots in the final tournament, including host Russia who qualify automatically for the 2018 Fifa world cup. A total of 53 teams have been confirmed to play in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which acts as qualifying for this competition. On 9 December 2018, the final teams will be known at the conclusion of the inter-confederation play-offs.
1- The slot allocation has been confirmed as follows: Europe (13), Africa (5), South America (4), North and Central America and Caribbean (3.5), Asia (4.5), Oceania (0.5).
2- The draw to determine the allocation of all 80 slots in the final tournament, including the host Russian Federation who qualify automatically for the 2018 Fifa world cup, will be held in July 2019.
3- AFC – 46 slots (compared to 46 in 2014) with hosts Qatar receiving automatic qualification. The other teams seeking direct entry are Japan (56th), South Korea (57th), Iran (62nd), Saudi Arabia (63rd), and Australia (40th).
4- CAF – 5 slots (compared to 5 in 2014) for the first time since 1990. The qualifiers are Tunisia (21st), Morocco (25th), Egypt (29th), Senegal (32nd), and Nigeria (47th).
5- CONCACAF – 3.5 slots (3 in 2014). The fourth round of CONCACAF qualifiers saw the USA (19th), Mexico (15th), and Costa Rica (33rd) claim automatic qualification.
6- CONMEBOL – 4.5 slots (4 in 2014). Argentina (7th), Uruguay (13th), Colombia (16th), and Chile (10th) qualified directly with Peru (18th), Brazil (11th), and Paraguay (22nd) claiming the remaining spots.
7- Oceania – 0.5 slot (0 in 2014). Hosts Solomon Islands failed to win any of their eight qualifiers, while New Zealand won four games to finish second behind OFC Nations Cup winners Tahiti to advance to the final stage. The OFC Nations Cup was not played in 2018 and will therefore be part of the 2022 Fifa world cup qualifying competition. The winner of a play-off between Papua New Guinea and Fiji, scheduled for March 2019, will claim Oceania’s sole spot at the 2022 Fifa world cup.
8- UEFA – 13 slots (13 in 2014). Spain (10th), Portugal (11th), England (12th), and Italy (15th) qualified directly. The other teams through to the play-offs are Croatia (20th), Denmark (19th), Sweden (18th), Switzerland (17th), and Turkey (14th).
9- Hosts Russia qualifies automatically for the 2018 Fifa world cup.
The rest of the slots will be decided by the qualifiers which start in March 2019 and finish in November 2021. A total of 80 countries takes part in the 2022 Fifa world cup qualification which is scheduled to begin in March 2019.