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2022 World Cup play-offs: Fixtures, dates and where to watch

Toby Cudworth
Wales await the winner of Scotland's play-off semi-final with Ukraine
Wales await the winner of Scotland's play-off semi-final with Ukraine / Athena Pictures/GettyImages

The 2022 World Cup is fast approaching, though a number of teams are yet to cement their place in Qatar after qualifying.

For some countries, it's down to the lottery of the play-offs - one-off games to decide who will be joining the teams who have automatically qualified from the different confederations around the world.

Here's your guide to who is playing who in the play-offs, when they are and where to watch.

Which teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup play-offs?

Portugal and Poland have already secured their place at the World Cup after winning their respective play-off final matches against North Macedonia and Sweden.

But Wales have had to bide their time as Scotland's play-off semi-final with Ukraine was delayed because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Scotland were eventually defeated 3-1 by Ukraine, setting up a Wales vs Ukraine final.

When are the 2022 World Cup play-offs?


  • Wales 2-1 Austria
  • Scotland 1-3 Ukraine
  • Russia vs Poland* (*Poland advanced via walkover after Russia were suspended)
  • Sweden 1-0 Czech Republic
  • Portugal 3-1 Turkey
  • Italy 0-1 North Macedonia


  • Wales vs Ukraine - Sunday 5 June (17:00)
  • Poland 2-0 Sweden
  • Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia

How to watch the 2022 World Cup play-offs

Sky Sports hold the UK rights to show all World Cup play-offs games. The majority are shown on their Sky Sports Football channel, with some made available via the red button or on the Sky Sports Premier League channel.

The final will also be available to watch free-to-air on ITV.