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Here’s everything you need to know about the draw on Friday.
Final qualifiers are still wrapping up, leaving a few spots left in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but that’s not stopping the ball rolling on the tournament. Friday marks the announcement of the draw for group stages, with 32 teams, including host nation Qatar, all finding out their fates.
It’s an extremely unusual World Cup that won’t kick off until November 21 due to concerns about heat in the Persian Gulf, which routinely tops 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and would be hazardous for players. As a result 2022, will mark the first World Cup to be held outside of May-July, as has been the tradition since 1930.
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group E
Group F
Group G
Group H
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Here is the full least of teams in so far, divided by their region.
Europe
South America
North America
Africa
Asia
Oceania
Teams were arranged into four pots, and then selected by random draw. The pot system was largely designed so no two teams in the same pot can be paired in the group stage — offering some limited control over the parity of the World Cup.
Here are the pots for tomorrow’s World Cup draw pic.twitter.com/eAP2pArR1n
While the pot draw system offers limited control, there’s typically one group that randomly becomes the most brutal. The term originated during the 1970 World Cup in Mexico as a way to refer to the horrific Group C, which saw Brazil, England, Romania and Czechoslovakia put together. Brazil would go on to win the World Cup.
There’s a lot of debate on whether there is a true “group of death” in 2022, but for my money it’s Group E. You have No. 7 ranked Spain, No. 12 ranked Germany, No. 23 ranked Japan, and if Costa Rica are in, the No. 31 as well.
The biggest, and most obvious omission is Russia, who have been banned from the 2022 World Cup due to the nation’s invasion of Ukraine. That is the biggest headline incident for this field, but there are several other key teams who are missing out.

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