With the 2022 World Cup draw right around the corner, we’re bringing you everything you need to know.
Over the years, fans have enjoyed the biggest sporting tournament on the planet during the summer. But this year, things are being done differently.
As the host nation, Qatar, reaches temperatures of over 50 degrees celsius, the competition has been moved to November and December.
So rather than watching the games unfold in a raucous beer garden, fans will be wrapped up indoors enjoying what they hope will be an early Christmas treat.
The unconventional Qatar tournament has received an enormous backlash – and not just because of the schedule change.
As per Amnesty International. abused migrants have had to build a state of the art stadium. They are not allowed to change jobs, can’t leave Qatar, and have to wait for months to receive payment. In contrast, FIFA is making huge profits. But regardless, it doesn’t appear as if any qualified teams will boycott.
Once the tournament is underway, the overwhelming sense of World Cup fever will undoubtedly spread like wildfire, even if it does leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
Gareth Southgate’s England are going into the competition with a massive point to prove. In 2018, the chants of ‘It’s Coming Home’ engrossed the nation as it began to look like their long wait for silverware had finally reached its conclusion.
But after taking the lead against Croatia, they gave it away and plummeted out of the competition in the semi-finals. France went on to lift the trophy after bagging an exciting 4-2 victory.
The English went a step further in the 2020 European Championships, making the final before agonisingly losing to Italy in a penalty shootout.
But with the big one right around the corner, supporters will hope that they can finally cross the line. And the road to Qatar is about to seriously hot up.
What time and date is the draw for the 2022 World Cup?
The draw for massive events is always exciting. Fans sit on the edge of their seat as they eagerly anticipate which teams they will face in the group stages.
And on Friday, April 1, in Doha, Qatar, they will find out exactly how tough the opening segment of the tournament will be.
The traditional ceremony will commence at 5 PM UK time.
Who has qualified to play in the 2022 World Cup?
As ever, teams from around the globe have battled their hearts out to secure their place in the competition. So far, 15 nations have bagged their opportunity to contend for sport’s greatest honour. But with spots still up for grabs via the African, CONCACAF and Oceanian qualifiers, there’s still plenty to play for.
In addition, there are still massive nations who will have to win their playoff match if they want to participate in the tournament.
The list of qualified teams is as follows:
- Qatar (Host)
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United States
How to watch the draw for the 2022 World Cup
Although we don’t have concrete details on all the ways to watch the draw, both Sky and BBC are expected to provide coverage. Therefore, fans can catch the event via BBC Sport and Sky Go. Furthermore, FIFA will air the proceedings in their entirety via their website and YouTube channel.
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