World Cup draw: what it is and how to watch

The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw takes place today. 32 teams will learn their initial opponents in the world’s biggest sporting event ahead of the November 2022 tournament, a competition which has been marred by corruption and human rights violations.

On Friday, April 1, the soccer world will converge on Doha, Qatar, where the initial eight groups will be chosen at random, setting up the opening round of the competition.

The teams

29 teams have already qualified for Qatar, with the final three spots still to be decided via playoffs. The teams are sorted into four pots, based on primarily on FIFA’s world rankings.

Pot 1

  • Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท (1) – CONMEBOL winners
  • Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช (2) – UEFA Group E winners
  • France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท (3) – UEFA Group D winners
  • Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท (4) – CONMEBOL runners up
  • England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ (5) – UEFA Group I winners
  • Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ (7) – UEFA Group B winners
  • Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น (8) – UEFA Second Round winner
  • Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (51) – Host nation

Pot 2

  • Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ (9) – Concacaf Third Round runners up
  • Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ (10) – UEFA Group G winners
  • Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ (11) – UEFA Group F winners
  • Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช (12) – UEFA Group J winners
  • Uruguay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ (13) – CONMEBOL third place
  • Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ (14) – UEFA Group C winners
  • United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (15) – Concacaf Third Round third place
  • Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท (16) – UEFA Group H winners

Pot 3

  • Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ (20) – CAF Third Round winners
  • Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท (21) – AFC Third Round Group A winners
  • Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต (23) – AFC Third Round Group B runners up
  • Morocco ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (24) – CAF Third Round winners
  • Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ (25) – UEFA Group A winners
  • Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ (26) – UEFA Second Round winners
  • South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท (29) – AFC Third Round Group A runners up
  • Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ (35) – CAF Third Round winners

Pot 4

  • Cameroon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ (37) – CAF Third Round winners
  • Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (38) – Concacaf Third Round winners
  • Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ (46) – CONMEBOL fourth place
  • Saudi Arabia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (49) – AFC Third Round Group B winners
  • Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ (60) – CAF Third Round winners
  • Wales ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ (18), Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (27) or Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ (39) – UEFA Path A winners
  • Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช (22), Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ (42) or United Arab Emirates ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช (68) – AFC vs CONMEBOL playoff winner
  • Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท (31) or New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ (101) – Concacaf vs OFC playoff winner

The draw

The draw will take place in Doha, Qatar on April 1. The draw will be broadcast live at 11 am CT on FS1, Telemundo and Universo.

We’ll have live coverage of the draft on Twitter, and will also speak with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter, forward Christian Pulisic, midfielders Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie, and defender Walker Zimmerman later in the afternoon.

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