For this World Cup cycle, the playoff stage could be a bit confusing, since the qualification left by the UEFA Nations League is involved, so pay attention. It will be on Tuesday, November 16, when all the invitees to the playoffs are defined, once the groups of the first phase have closed.
A total of 12 teams that enter the fight for the last three tickets to the Qatar World Cup. 10 of those teams are the sub-leaders of each of the 10 groups and the other two tickets are defined according to the UEFA Nations League classification.
These 12 teams will play a stage called "semifinals", which will be defined in a draw. The six teams with the best performance in the groups will be the seeds, which will play their respective semifinals at home because the tie is a single game, from March 24 to 25.
The winners of the six semi-finals qualify for the three finals and the team that will play the deciding match at home will be defined in another draw with the three winners from each final taking all three tickets to Qatar, March 28-29.
The teams qualified for the UEFA playoffs will be divided into two sectors, in the first one will go the six best second places (seeded) and in the other the rest of the second places and the two qualified from the Nations League.