On Friday, April 1, when the draw for the World Cup begins, the USMNT will know the three opponents with whom it will share a group in Qatar 2022. Or some of the three rivals, since for the first time in history the draw will be made without knowing all the qualified teams.
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By that time, the fate of 29 of the 32 selected teams will be known, and three places will remain to be defined: one from Europe, which was delayed because FIFA granted Ukraine to postpone its playoff match against Scotland, and two from the playoffs between the fifth-placed team from South America vs. the winner of the Asian playoff, and the winner of the Oceania playoff vs. the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF playoff.
It should be noted that no two countries from the same federation may play against each other in the group stage, except for the UEFA representatives who, since they have 13 qualified teams, may have up to two teams in the same zone.
How are the draw pots?
Qatar - Belgium - Brazil - France - Argentina - England - Spain - Portugal - Spain - Portugal
Denmark - The Netherlands - Germany - Switzerland - Croatia - Uruguay
Senegal - Iran - Serbia - Japan - Poland - South Korea - Canada - Morocco - Morocco
Ghana - Tunisia - Saudi Arabia - Ecuador - Cameroon - European playoff (Scotland/Ukraine vs. Wales) - CONCACAF playoff vs. Oceania - CONMEBOL playoff vs. Asia (Peru vs. Australia/United Arab Emirates)
The simulator for the World Cup draw
Get to know the possible rivals of the United States through this simulator. An Internet user created a simple site that allows you to simulate the entire World Cup draw with just one click. He explains that in order to carry out each simulation, he first takes into account the possibilities of each of the teams that are still in the race and it is permanently updated with each new qualifier.
Qatar 2022 World Cup format and schedule
The Qatar World Cup, still with 32 teams, will maintain a classic format of eight groups of four teams that will play three round-robin, one-legged matches. The top two finishers from each group will advance to the Round of 16 and will face each other in the following format: A vs B, C vs D, E vs F, and G vs H.
In the World Cup, unlike what happens in the European Championship, there is an extra match, the third and fourth place match played by the two teams that lose in the semifinals, the day before the final.
Group stage: From November 21 to December 2
Round of 16: 3 to 6 December
Quarterfinals: December 9 and 10
Semifinals: December 13 and 14
Third and fourth place: December 17
Final: December 18