2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup draw: The eight groups are set

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With the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup just 234 days away, the Group Stage is now officially set. The World Cup draw took place Friday in Qatar as the 32 teams were placed into eight groups, and the schedule for each group was set. Each group features four teams that […]

With the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup just 234 days away, the Group Stage is now officially set.

The World Cup draw took place Friday in Qatar as the 32 teams were placed into eight groups, and the schedule for each group was set.

Each group features four teams that will play each other round-robin style, starting with the tournament opener Nov. 21. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage and continue on to battle until a World Cup champion is crowned Dec. 18.

Gregg Berhalter breaks down Group B

Gregg Berhalter breaks down Group B

UMSNT manager Greg Berhalter reacts to his team landing in Group B with England, Iran and the winner of an intercontinental playoff.

The United States will play on the tournament’s opening day, facing the winner of an intercontinental playoff, which will be either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine.

You can relive every moment of the 2022 World Cup by watching the full broadcast.

Here’s a quick overview of the eight groups:

GROUP A

1. Qatar (host nation)
FIFA Ranking: 51
First World Cup appearance

2. Ecuador (CONMEBOL) 
FIFA World Ranking: 46
Fourth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Round of 16 (2006) 

3. Senegal (CAF)
FIFA World Ranking: 20
Third World Cup appearance
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2002) 

4. Netherlands (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 10
11th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Second place (1974, 1978, 2010) 

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GROUP B

1. England (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 5
16th World Cup appearance
One-time champion (1966) 

2. Iran (AFC) 
FIFA World Ranking: 21 
Sixth World Cup appearance
Never advanced past group stage

3. United States (CONCACAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 15
11th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Third place (1930) 

4. Wales/Scotland/Ukraine playoff winner

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GROUP C

1. Argentina (CONMEBOL) 
FIFA World Ranking: 4
18th World Cup appearance 
Two-time champion (1978, 1986) 

2. Saudi Arabia (AFC) 
FIFA World Ranking: 49
Sixth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Round of 16 (1994) 

3. Mexico (CONCACAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 9
17th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986) 

4. Poland (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 26
Ninth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Third place (1974, 1982) 

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GROUP D

1. France (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 3
16th World Cup appearance
Two-time champion (1998, 2018)

2. Peru/Australia/United Arab Emirates playoff winner

3. Denmark (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 11
Sixth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Quarterfinals (1998)

4. Tunisia (CAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 35 
Sixth World Cup appearance
Never advanced past group stage 

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GROUP E

1. Spain (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 7 
16th World Cup appearance
One-time champion (2010)

2. Costa Rica/New Zealand playoff winner

3. Germany (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 12
20th World Cup appearance (18 consecutive)
Four-time champion (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

4. Japan (AFC) 
FIFA World Ranking: 23
Seventh World Cup appearance
Best finish: Round of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018) 

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GROUP F

1. Belgium (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 2 
14th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Third place in 2018

2. Canada (CONCACAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 38
Second World Cup appearance
Never advanced past group stage

3. Morocco (CAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 24
Sixth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Round of 16 (1986) 

4. Croatia (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 16
Sixth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Second place in 2018

GROUP G

1. Brazil (CONMEBOL) 
FIFA World Ranking: 1 
22nd World Cup appearance (only nation to appear in all 22 World Cups)
Five-time champion, most of any country (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

2. Serbia (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 25
13th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Fourth place (1930, 1962) 

3. Switzerland (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 14
12th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954) 

4. Cameroon (CAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 37 
Eighth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Quarterfinals (1990) 

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GROUP H

1. Portugal (UEFA) 
FIFA World Ranking: 8
Eighth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Third place (1966) 

2. Ghana (CAF) 
FIFA World Ranking: 60
Fourth World Cup appearance
Best finish: Quarterfinals (2010) 

3. Uruguay (CONMEBOL) 
FIFA World Ranking: 13
14th World Cup appearance
Two-time champion (1930, 1950) 

4. South Korea (AFC) 
FIFA World Ranking: 29
11th World Cup appearance
Best finish: Fourth place (2002) 


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