THE World Cup draw is the most anticipated draw in the four-year football cycle – and it is on TODAY.
The hosts Qatar will be put into Pot 1 along with the World Cup holders France and Gareth Southgate’s England.
There will be no Russia in the draw, the hosts of the previous draw, after Vladimir Putin’s war waged against the Ukraine.
But when is the draw and how does it work?
When is the draw?
- The World Cup draw will be held on TODAY – April 1, 2022
- It will take place from 5pm UK time – 7pm local time in Qatar.
- The draw will decide the group stages for the tournament which kicks off on November 21, 2022.
- Kick-off times for the World Cup have already been revealed, with 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm start times taking place in the UK.
How does the draw work?
- The teams have been divided into four pots determined by their current Fifa ranking.
- Hosts Qatar will be in Pot 1 alongside the top seven sides which includes the likes of England, France and Brazil.
Who is in what pot?
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- New Zealand/Costa Rica
Teams without pots will be decided based on the final results of the fixtures which are yet to be played.
Who could England face and what are the pots?
England will play one team each from Pot 2, Pot 3 and Pot 4.
The only restrictions are that no more than two European teams can be drawn together and no more than one team each from any other continent can be in one group.
See the pots, above, for a range of teams England could face, including Wales or Scotland, if either of them qualify for Qatar.
How can I watch the World Cup 2022 draw?
Fifa are live streaming the ceremony for free on their website, with the BBC also expected to provide coverage for viewers in the United Kingdom.