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World Cup 2022: Which teams have qualified for Qatar?

The prize all 32 teams are vying for
The prize all 32 teams are vying for / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages
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Next year, for the first time ever, we will be served up a winter World Cup, with the 2022 tournament in Qatar set to kick off in November.

The competition will be the final World Cup to feature 32 teams before FIFA increase the countries involved to 48 for the 2026 tournament - which will be jointly-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.

There are many qualification paths around the world for the tournament, and some nations have already secured their ticket to the Middle East. Here's your one-stop guide to every team that has qualified for the 2022 World Cup so far, as well as a short explainer about the finer details of the competition...


Which teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup?

1. Qatar (hosts)

This one should surprise nobody. As hosts, Qatar were the first team to 'qualify' for the tournament and they have invested heavily in their national side since winning the bidding process in 2010.

At the time they were awarded the World Cup they sat 112th in the FIFA rankings, below the likes of Uzbekistan, North Korea and Kuwait.

Since then they have risen into the top 50, even beating Japan in the Asian Cup final back in 2019. Qatar will be hoping to avoid embarrassment in front of their home crowd.

2. Germany

North Macedonia v Germany - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Germany have won the World Cup four times / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Germany became the first team to actually qualify for the 2022 World Cup when a 4-0 victory over North Macedonia in November ensured that they could not be caught at the top of Group J.

Die Mannschaft will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Euro 2020, where they were dumped out at the round of 16 stage by eventual finalists England.

Hansi Flick took over following that underwhelming display and the former Bayern Munich man has his side playing some nice stuff.

3. Denmark

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Denmark have been brilliant in qualifying / LISELOTTE SABROE/GettyImages

Denmark had a truly memorable Euro 2020 campaign, losing Christian Eriksen early in the tournament before reaching the semi finals, where they lost to England.

While the Inter midfielder is yet to return, the Nordic nation steamrolled their way to World Cup qualification in his absence with eight wins in their first eight games, with their pathway sealed by a 1-0 victory over Austria.

They've scored 27 goals so far and are yet to concede at the other end. Truly remarkable stuff.


When is the 2022 World Cup?

The 2022 World Cup will kick off on 21 November with the curtain coming down on 18 December with the final.

Games will be played in eight stadiums across five host cities: Al-Rayyan, Al-Khor, Lusail, Al-Wakrah and the capital, Doha.


Why is the 2022 World Cup in November?

For the first time ever, the World Cup will not be held in its traditional European summer slot.

That's because FIFA have recognised that the soaring temperatures in Qatar - which can reach upwards of 50c (122f) - coupled with the high humidity will make conditions exceptionally difficult for players and spectators.

To compromise, organisers decided that November was the most suitable time to host the tournament.


How will the 2022 World Cup affect the Premier League?

The staging of the World Cup in November is obviously a disruption to the footballing schedule as we know it, namely the Premier League.

England's top division is one of few leagues around the world that does not usually incorporate a winter break into their calendar, but the 2022/23 season will be different.

The Premier League have agreed to pause on 12 November, allowing players just over a week to prepare with their national teams before the World Cup begins, before resuming just under six weeks later on Boxing Day.

To fit the break in, the season will start earlier than usual - on 6 August - and will finish slightly later than the traditional mid-May slot.

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