The 2022 World Cup is around the corner. It runs from November 21 to December 18; the play-offs to reach Qatar take place from March 24 to 29, with 10 group runners up joined by the two best group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League.
How do the play-offs work?
The winners of each group automatically qualify for the World Cup finals, which run from November 21 to December 18 2022, and three more teams will seal their place at the end of the playoffs in March.
The play-offs take place from March 24 to 29, with 10 group runners-up joined by the two best group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall ranking that have neither qualified directly as group winners nor entered the playoffs already as group runners up.
Who are the current group runners-up?
Group A: Serbia, Portugal, Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Lithuania
Group D: France, Finland, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Estonia, Belarus
Group F: Denmark, Scotland, Israel, Austria, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta, Cyprus
Group I: England, Poland, Albania, Hungary, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, North Macedonia, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, Liechtenstein