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The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar: Which countries can still qualify?

FMInside Feb 15, 2022 Last modified: 15 Feb 1,005 views

Thirteen teams have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar this winter, but there are still 19 slots available. Only the host country, ten UEFA teams, and two CONMEBOL teams have mathematically qualified for the tournament.

Every confederation has open slots, and some, like CONCACAF, the CAF, and the AFC, still have all of their places available.

All but two World Cup spots will be confirmed between now and the end of the March international breaks, with only the intercontinental playoffs to be completed before the World Cup draw on April 3.

Asia - AFC

In the last round of Asian World Cup qualification, two groups of six countries will battle. The top two sides will progress automatically to the intercontinental competition, while the third-place finishers will fight in a one-game playoff to decide Asia's representative.

Vietnam, China, and Syria have mathematically been ruled out of the World Cup, while Lebanon, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman can only qualify through the intercontinental playoffs – no better time to take your sports bet to the next level.

Iran and South Korea have already qualified from Group A, leaving a huge gap at the top. The third spot is far hazier, with three countries still in contention.

Things are a little less clear in Group B remains unclear so far, with only Saudi Arabia and Japan looking safely on the way to confirming their spots. Australia appears to be destined for the intercontinental playoff decider, despite having games against the teams above them, two games that could seal their fate.

Africa - CAF

The top ten teams from the last round have advanced to the penultimate round, where they will be paired with each other to take part in a two-leg competition, with the winner securing a berth.

The last round of CAF qualification features high-profile matches like  Egypt vs. Senegal, Nigeria vs. Ghana, and Cameroon vs. Algeria. Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Gabon, South Africa, are among many other countries that have already been ousted.

North America – CONCACAF

With four games left, Canada leads the group. They’ll be looking to qualify for their first World Cup since 1986, while the United States and Mexico are tied for second place. It's close at the top, but Canada's victory over the United States has opened up a margin. A gap has also opened up between fourth and fifth place, putting the top four teams in a good place, or at the very least confirm a slot. Costa Rica is a country in limbo, not quite out of the hunt but also unsure of its place.

South America - CONMEBOL

Only one round of World Cup qualification is held by CONMEBOL, with all 10 members eligible to compete.

The top three teams in South America have completely dominated qualifying this one. Brazil and Argentina have already secured places in the 2022 World Cup, and Ecuador might be close after clinching a place in the intercontinental qualification. All qualifiers will be available for wagering on the Betway platform.

Europe - UEFA

Despite the fact that ten of the possible 13 European spots for the 2022 World Cup have been guaranteed, there is still plenty more drama to come. Belgium, Germany, Spain, England, Croatia, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Serbia, and Switzerland have booked their slots after topping their respective groups.

Each of the remaining 12 countries in contention will compete in three four-nation tournament, with a victor securing a spot in this winter's competition. 

Italy and Portugal were paired together, which means at least one of them will not be in Qatar. Place your wager with Betway, as two of Europe’s best lock horns. Sweden, Poland, Turkey, Scotland, and others who finished second in their groups in the previous round are also competing.

 

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