FIFA holds World Cup final draw Friday

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Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to be held 21 Nov-18 Dec, the world’s football governing body says the procedures for the Final Draw for the tournament are now available and that fans and teams will find out their paths to possible glory on 1 April at 19:00 local time in Qatar.

The draw will hold at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre at which time 29 out of the 32 participants will be known, FIFA said in a statement on its website.

The procedures approved by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions outline that the 28 already qualified teams will be allocated according to sporting principles to pots 1 to 4 based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking released on 31 March following the conclusion of the international match window.

Credit: FIFA

As hosts, Qatar will take position A1 from Pot 1, where they will be joined by the seven highest-ranked qualified teams from the FIFA/Coca-Cola Men’s World Ranking.

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“The countries occupying positions 8-15 in the ranking of the qualified teams will be allocated to Pot 2, while the 16th-23rd best-ranked qualifiers will be placed in Pot 3. Finally, Pot 4 will include the qualified teams in positions 24 to 28, plus three placeholders representing the two winners of the intercontinental play-offs and the remaining UEFA play-off winner,” the statement added.

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