Total of 32 teams for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
For the time being, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is the last final round with 32 teams. However, the FIFA World Cup 2026, to be held in the US, Mexico and Canada, will see 48 teams compete in the most prominent football tournament in the world.
For the World Cup in Qatar, however, everything remains the same – except that the final round will be held for the first time in winter instead of summer due to the high temperatures in the desert country.
From November 21 to December 18, 2022, 32 participants of the World Cup will thus compete for the title in the middle of Christmas time. Can reigning world champions France defend their title, or will one of the other usual 2022 World Cup favourites manage to lift the trophy? Or will there even be a surprise winner? Here you will find more information about the 32 teams participating in the 2022 World Cup. As the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar has already been determined to be the first participant in the final since the 2010 World Cup was awarded. All remaining 31 teams can secure their starting places through the 2022 World Cup qualifiers or subsequent World Cup play-offs.
Teams from all around the world
The European football association UEFA has a quota of 13 places available for this. Africa will send five teams, South America and Asia four or five each. In addition, North and Central America and the Caribbean can send 3 or 4 teams to Qatar. At the same time, Oceania is allowed to send one or none at all. How many teams from each continent travel to Qatar for the World Cup will only be decided after the intercontinental play-offs.
Within the European World Cup qualifiers, play-offs will also determine three World Cup participants for 2022. Therefore, only the ten group winners of the World Cup qualifiers are guaranteed a place in the final. At the same time, the remaining three tickets will be awarded during the play-offs in March 2022. These are the 10 group winners of the World Cup qualifier. Therefore, the two best teams of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League are from the ten group winners or the ten group winners of the World Cup qualifiers.