World Cup 2022: Full 32-team field, groups, game schedule in Qatar

World Cup 2022: Full 32-team field, groups, game schedule in Qatar

Over two months after the draw was conducted, the 2022 World Cup groups are now officially complete. In what will be the final 32-team field before the World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026, the stage is now set for November in Qatar.

After Wales edged Ukraine to claim Europe’s final berth last week to complete the postponed UEFA playoffs, the final two places were clinched in a pair of intercontinental playoffs this week in the World Cup host nation.

In a memorable penalty-kick shootout win over Peru, Australia booked its return ticket to Qatar in the first one-match playoff on Monday. Meanwhile, Costa Rica edged 10-man New Zealand, 1–0, in the second and final playoff a day later to complete the field. Like the US men’s national team, which will play Wales in its opening match, France and Spain were eagerly awaiting the results of the playoffs to learn the identity of their first opponents, and they can now start planning for their opening games in the competition.

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