The Red Devils will know their opponents on their way to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Monday. The qualifying draw will take place virtually in Zurich from 6pm. Belgium is the first country in the FIFA rankings to enjoy seed status.
The Red Devils avoid the other teams placed in pot 1, namely France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
The other 45 countries that belong to UEFA are also broken down based on their FIFA rankings.
Belgium, which will play in the League of Nations ‘Final Four’ in October 2021, is guaranteed to appear in a group of five countries (groups A to E), such as Italy, France and Spain.
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FIFA has set restrictions that prevent certain teams from being in the same group. So some countries cannot clash because of political tensions. A single group should not have more than two selections belonging to the list of countries considered to be exposed to the risk of winter or extreme conditions. Finally, FIFA believes that 20 country pairs lead to travel too far and limit it to one pair per group to limit the burden on the teams.
At the end of the qualifiers, where all teams will compete in two-way matches, the ten winners will qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup, scheduled in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.
The ten runners-up will compete in drafts. They will be joined by the two best Nations League group winners who will not directly qualify for the 2022 World Cup or the playoffs as group runner-up. These twelve teams will play the last three European tickets to the World Cup over three qualifying rounds, consisting of some knockout matches scheduled for March 2022.