On April 1, we will find out which teams will be assigned to Group B of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held from November 21 to December 18 at the end of this year in Qatar.
As with all other World Cup groups, Group B will consist of four teams drawn from each of the four different boats. One of the top seven Pot 1 seeders will be in Group B, with Qatar host country already guaranteed to be selected in Group A according to World Cup tradition.
So there are three more teams to come from Pots 2-4. The four pots are grouped according to the FIFA World Ranking published on March 31:
- Pot 1: seven top ranked teams + Qatar host
- Pot 2: the next eight teams ranked according to ranking
- Pot 3: the next eight teams ranked according to ranking
- Pot 4: five teams with the lowest ranking + three unclaimed places
The draw will start with Pot 1 and end with Pot 4. The teams drawn from each pot are registered in a group starting with Group A and advancing to Group H. Teams drawn from Pot 1 in a group will automatically occupy the first space of a group. group (Ex. A1, B1, C1, etc.).
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|Qatar (51) *||Mexico (9)||Senegal (20)||Cameroon (37)|
|Brazil (1)||Netherlands (10)||Iran (21)||Canada (38)|
|Belgium (2)||Denmark (11)||Japan (23)||Ecuador (46)|
|France (3)||Germany (12)||Morocco (24)||Saudi Arabia (49)|
|Argentina (4)||Uruguay (13)||Serbia (25)||Ghana (60)|
|England (5)||Switzerland (14)||Poland (26)||Intercont’l Playoff 1|
|Spain (7)||USA (15)||South Korea (29)||Intercont’l Playoff 2|
|Portugal (8)||Croatia (16)||Tunisia (35)||Euro Playoff|
Geographic restrictions: Teams in the same region cannot be drawn in the same group except in Europe. As there are 13 European teams in the draw and only eight groups (AH), a maximum of two European nations are allowed in a single group. If there is a geographic clash, the drawn team simply moves to the next group in sequence.
Table and matches of group B of the World Cup
Group B match schedule
|Mon, November 21st||B1 vs B2||TBD||TBD|
|Mon, November 21st||B3 vs B4||TBD||TBD|
|Friday, Nov. 25||B1 vs B3||TBD||TBD|
|Friday, Nov. 25||B4 vs B2||TBD||TBD|
|Tuesday, November 29th||B4 vs B1||TBD||TBD|
|Tuesday, November 29th||B2 vs B3||TBD||TBD|
The four teams selected in the group will play a round-trip format with each nation facing the other three. The group classification is based on the points of these three matches of the group stage: three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat.
The first two teams in each group, depending on the total number of points, go to the knockouts of a single game. If the teams are tied on points, the goal difference is the first tie followed by the goals scored. If the teams are also tied in these categories, another tiebreaker set applies.
Start times and stadium allocations for each group match will be determined by FIFA after the draw to optimize the broadcast time slots in the participating countries and for the trips of the fans to Qatar.
Group B draw for the World Cup
According to the official FIFA 2022 World Cup draw procedure, the following is how the draw is done:
- Step 1 – Team: One team name will first be randomly drawn from each pot, starting with Pot 1 and ending with Pot 4. Each pot will be emptied before moving on to the next.
- Step 2 – Group: Each team will automatically enter the next group in order of group AH. Thus, the first team drawn from each pot goes to group A, the second team to group B, and so on to group H. If there is a geographical constraint (see above) that prevents a team from being included in a group , then this computer simply fits into the next group.
- Step 3 – Group space: All Pot 1 teams will automatically occupy the first space in a group (Ex. A1, B1, C1, etc.). For the other pots, a ball will be drawn at random to determine the group slot of a nation (e.g. A2, A3, or A4). Why does a group band matter? Determines the sequence of matches, so it is important that it be selected at random.
Three of the 32 nations participating in the World Cup will be determined two months after the June draw by a good handful of simple playoffs:
- Australia vs. United Arab Emirates winner (Asia) vs. Peru (South America)
- Costa Rica (North America) vs. New Zealand (Oceania)
- Wales vs. Scotland Vs. Winning Ukraine (European playoffs)
During the World Cup draw, both the Asia / South America position marker and the North America / Oceania position marker must avoid all possible geographical clashes. The Wales / Scotland / Ukraine position marker will be treated like any other European participant in terms of geographical restrictions (maximum two European nations per group).
Teams that will advance from Group B of the World Cup
Shortly after the World Cup draw, sports betting is expected to pick up the group odds for each team to advance from the group stage.
The first and second place finishers in Group B will advance to the round of 16 and will face the two teams to advance from Group A on Saturday 3 December and Sunday 4 December.
The official FIFA 2022 World Cup match schedule describes the following qualifiers for the round of 16:
Round of 16 of the World Cup
|Saturday, December 3||1A vs. 2B||10 h||Khalifa Int’l|
|Saturday, December 3||1C vs. 2D||2 p.m.||Ahmad Bin Ali|
|Sunday, December 4th||1D vs. 2C||10 h||Al Thumama|
|Sunday, December 4th||1B vs. 2A||2 p.m.||Al Bayt|
|Mon, December 5th||1E vs. 2F||10 h||Al Janoub|
|Mon, December 5th||1G vs. 2H||2 p.m.||Stage 974|
|Tuesday, December 6th||1F vs. 2E||10 h||City of Education|
|Tuesday, December 6th||1H vs. 2G||2 p.m.||Lusail|
Quarterfinals of the World Cup
|Friday, December 9||QF1: 1E / 2F versus 1G / 2H||10 h||City of Education|
|Friday, December 9||QF2: 1A / 2B versus 1C / 2D||2 p.m.||Lusail|
|Saturday, December 10||QF3: 1F / 2E vs. 1H / 2G||10 h||Al Thumama|
|Saturday, December 10||QF4: 1B / 2A versus 1D / 2C||2 p.m.||Al Bayt|
World Cup semifinals
|Tuesday, December 13th||QF2 vs. QF1||2 p.m.||Lusail|
|Wednesday, December 14th||QF4 vs. QF3||2 p.m.||Al Bayt|
3rd place in the World Cup
|Saturday, December 17||Semifinal losers||10 h||Khalifa Int’l|
World Cup final
|Sunday, December 18th||Winners of the semifinals||10 h||Lusail|