Everything you need to know about Qatar 2022 following the play-off draw

The whens, wheres, hows and whats ahead of the 2022 World Cup, including details of the play-off draw.

While England have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup, Scotland and Wales will have to fight for their place via the play-offs - but what happens next?

When is the draw? Will they be seeded for it? What time will matches kick-off? And how can I get tickets?

Our Andy Schooler brings you all you need to know about Qatar 2022.

Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup

Qatar Concacaf applaud fans Jul21

Thirteen of the 32 teams who will compete in Qatar are now known.

Qatar, as hosts, were the first team guaranteed a spot in the Finals. England joined them by beating San Marino 10-0 during the last international break. Other European teams to book their berth are Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, Switzerland and the Netherlands, while Brazil and Argentina are also already through in South America.

The 32 finals berths have been geographically allocated as follows:

Hosts (Qatar) - 1

Africa (CAF) - 5

Asia (AFC) - 4.5

Europe (UEFA) - 13

North and Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) - 3.5

Oceania (OFC) - 0.5

South America (CONMEBOL) - 4.5

The 10 European group runners-up have all progressed to the play-offs where they are joined by the two best group winners from the 2020/21 Nations League competition.

Scotland and Wales will both be in those play-offs and could face each other should they prevail in their semi-final games against Turkey and Austria.

Harry Wilson celebration Wales Nations League Nov20

The play-offs will take place from March 24-29, 2022, and will follow a similar format to the Euro 2020 play-offs - the teams will be split into three play-off 'paths' with two one-legged semi-finals and a final in each path. The winners of the three finals will qualify for Qatar 2022.

2022 World Cup play-off draw

Path A: Wales vs Austria & Scotland vs Ukraine

Path B: Russia vs Poland & Sweden vs Czech Republic

Path C: Portugal vs Turkey & Italy vs North Macedonia

COVID-19 postponements mean the complete finals field will not be known until June. It is worth noting that to ensure all qualifiers are able to take place, FIFA has created an extra international window in late January/early February which will mean Premier League teams lose players around that period.

Two intercontinental play-offs, which will decide the last two finals spots, are due to conclude the qualifying process in June 2022.

These are scheduled to be held over two legs and feature one team from the following confederations: AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and OFC.

Draw and seedings for 2022

Draw for Russia 2018 Kremlin Dec17

Despite the fact that every finalist will not be known at that point, the World Cup Finals draw is set to take place on April 1, 2022. That is the "probable" date, according to a FIFA spokesperson, but is yet to be confirmed.

FIFA has yet to publish the regulations which will determine how the draw is conducted. The fact that qualifying has been extended until June will undoubtedly have something to do with that, making things awkward for officials.

However, it is expected that the 32 team slots will be divided into four pots from which they will then be drawn into the eight groups.

England will hope to be in the pot of top seeds but exactly how the seedings/pots will be determined is also yet to be decided.

In 2018, the pots were based on FIFA rankings with one exception - the hosts automatically took their place among the top seeds. It is already known that this will again be the case with Qatar having taken spot 'A1' in the draw.

If the rankings are used again, England look highly likely to be in the top pot given they are currently in fifth place, behind BelgiumBrazilFrance and ItalyArgentina and Spain are in sixth and seventh respectively, leaving eighth-ranked Portugal looking vulnerable. Assuming they qualify, of course.

When will the 2022 World Cup take place?

The most notable change to the World Cup for its 2022 edition is the dates.

The controversial decision to choose the Middle Eastern state of Qatar as hosts meant that, due to excessive heat, the tournament had to be moved from its traditional June/July slot.

It will now take place from November 21 to December 18. That is a period of 28 days - a reduction of three from the last World Cup.

The date change will cause havoc with top-level domestic competitions, such as the Premier League, which will need to halt for more than a month in mid-season.

Despite the shortened time period, the format will remain the same - eight groups of four with the top two in each progressing to the knockout stage.

Qatar 2022 is due to be the last World Cup to feature 32 teams - FIFA is expanding the tournament to take in 48 teams for its 2026 edition, which will be held in the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Fixtures and kick-off times for the 2022 World Cup

Kieran Trippier England in Russia World Cup 2018 vs Croatia

Unlike previous tournaments, the fixtures will only be linked to specific venues and kick-off times once the draw has taken place.

The full tournament schedule, as it stands, can be found by clicking here.

With Qatar being three hours ahead of the UK, there will be some unusual kick-off times for UK-based fans but not dissimilar to those at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

With the tournament length cut by three days, there will be four games on each of the first eight days of the tournament. These will kick-off at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT.

For the last round of group matches and the knockout rounds, matches will begin at 3pm and 7pm GMT.

The 2022 World Cup final, on Sunday, December 18, will kick off at 3pm GMT.

Venues for the 2022 World Cup

Lusail Iconic Stadium mid-build Dec17

Eight stadia will host matches at the 2022 World Cup with the final to be staged in the brand-new Lusail Iconic Stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000 and sits in Lusail, just north of the capital, Doha.

The others will all be capable of hosting at least 40,000 fans, including the indoor Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor which is where the opening game will take place.

The other venues are Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium (both in Doha), Education City Stadium, Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium (all in Al Rayyan) and Al Janoub Stadium (in Al Wakrah).

Tickets for the 2022 World Cup

Corporate hospitality sales are already under way but no date has been set for the commencement of the general ticket sale which will likely take the form of an online ballot for each match.

In terms of England games, members of the official England Supporters Travel Club will be eligible to apply for the FA's ticket allocation, once it is made available.

TV coverage of the 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup will be televised live in the UK by the BBC and ITV with matches being shared between the two broadcasters.

2022 World Cup betting

Brazil Neymar celebration Sep21

Brazil are the 11/2 favourites to win the 2022 World Cup with Planet Sport Bet (as of November 15).

They are followed by reigning world champions France at 6/1, with England third favourites at 7/1.

Spain are at 15/2 with the only other team at a single-figure price being Euro 2020 winners Italy (9/1).

It's then Germany (10/1), South American champions Argentina (11/1) and Belgium (11/1). Netherlands and Portugal are both available at 16/1 and it's 33/1 bar the top 10 in the market.

Key dates for the 2022 World Cup

Mar 24-29, 2022 - European qualifying play-offs

Apr 1, 2022 (TBC) - World Cup Finals draw

Jun 2022 - Qualifying concludes with intercontinental play-offs

Nov 21, 2022 - Finals begin

Dec 18, 2022 - World Cup final

READ MORE: Bookies' opinion: What the odds suggest will happen at Qatar 2022

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