The street to Qatar 2022 continues for European nations – who’s in place to succeed in subsequent yr’s World Cup finals?
Right here, we run by way of the state of play in every of the ten teams because the tables begin to take form and supply the lowdown on the qualification course of and key dates.
The group winners will robotically qualify for Qatar 2022 and this web page will probably be up to date as nations e book their place at subsequent yr’s showpiece match.
What are the teams?
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Eire, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Eire, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein
Portugal have gone into high spot within the group after victory in Azerbaijan, shifting two factors forward of Serbia, who had been held to a 1-1 draw by Republic of Eire.
Third-placed Luxembourg have been punching above their weight on this group however they now discover themselves seven factors behind leaders Portugal, albeit with a recreation in hand. Nonetheless, Serbia stay of their sights with the hole between third and second simply 5 factors.
It has not been the very best of qualifying campaigns to this point for Republic of Eire, however the draw with Serbia offers them a lift heading into the ultimate video games of the marketing campaign.
Azerbaijan stay stranded on the backside of the group on one level.
October 9: Azerbaijan vs Republic of Eire – kick-off 5pm
October 9: Luxembourg vs Serbia – kick-off 7.45pm
Spain leapfrogged Sweden atop Group B with a 4-0 win over Georgia – and their place as group leaders has been additional strengthened after the most recent matchday.
The Scandinavians went down 2-1 to Greece of their final outing, whereas Spain noticed off Kosovo, who solely made their debut for match qualification throughout World Cup 2018 and now drop to fourth.
October 9: Sweden vs Kosovo – kick-off 5pm
October 9: Georgia vs Greece – kick-off 5pm
Group C had opened up when Switzerland held Italy to a 0-0 draw.
However the newest matchday noticed the Azzurri stretch their lead on the summit to 6 factors as they thrashed rock-bottom Lithuania 5-0 whereas the Swiss had been thwarted in a stalemate with Northern Eire.
Northern Eire journey to Switzerland in October for a crunch assembly.
October 9: Lithuania vs Bulgaria – kick-off 2pm
October 9: Switzerland vs Northern Eire – kick-off 7.45pm
France have been struggling to search out their groove on this marketing campaign however a vital win over Finland noticed them open up a seven-point lead on the high of the group.
Didier Deschamps’ aspect now have three wins and three attracts from six video games in Group D.
All just isn’t misplaced for Ukraine and Finland, although, with each side having video games in hand on France as they give the impression of being to shut the hole to the highest.
October 9: Kazakhstan vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – kick-off 2pm
October 9: Finland vs Ukraine – kick-off 5pm
Belgium high the FIFA world rankings and pulled additional clear in Group E. They’re now eight factors away from the Czech Republic and Wales, who’re set to battle it out for second place.
October 11: Estonia vs Wales – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Belarus vs Czech Republic – kick-off 7.45pm
Denmark have continued the place they left off at Euro 2020, they usually saved their excellent file throughout World Cup qualifying intact with a sixth straight win, beating Israel 5-0. They’re now simply two wins from securing high spot within the group and a spot on the World Cup finals.
Scotland (11 factors), Israel (10 factors), and Austria (seven factors) type the chasing pack, however Steve Clarke’s aspect’s spectacular 1-0 win in Vienna places them in pole place for the runners-up spot within the group with a recreation towards Israel at Hampden Park up subsequent in October.
October 9: Scotland vs Israel – kick-off 5pm
October 9: Faroe Islands vs Austria – kick-off 7.45pm
October 9: Moldova vs Denmark – kick-off 7.45pm
Group G is proving too tight to name with six video games performed. Netherlands (16 factors) lead the pack after their 1-0 win over Latvia, whereas Norway (14 factors) and Turkey are on their heels.
October 11: Netherlands vs Gibraltar – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Latvia vs Turkey – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Norway vs Montenegro – kick-off 7.45pm
Croatia and Russia are nonetheless locked on 16 factors, however Croatia now cleared the path in Group H on purpose distinction.
October 11: Croatia vs Slovakia – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Cyprus vs Malta – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Slovenia vs Russia – kick-off 7.45pm
England surrendered their excellent file in Poland after conceding a late equaliser however nonetheless have a wholesome four-point over Albania and five-point benefit over Poland.
Hungary stay in touching distance of a play-off place.
October 9: Andorra vs England – kick-off 7.45pm
October 9: Hungary vs Albania – kick-off 7.45pm
October 9: Poland vs San Marino – kick-off 7.45pm
Germany cleared the path in Group J and prolonged their lead after beating Romania 2-1.
October 11: North Macedonia vs Germany – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Romania vs Armenia – kick-off 7.45pm
October 11: Iceland vs Liechenstien- kick-off 7.45pm
What number of European nations qualify?
A complete of 13 slots within the closing match can be found for UEFA groups. The 55 groups have been cut up into 5 teams of 5 and 5 teams of six.
The winners of the ten teams will qualify robotically for the finals, which for the primary time will probably be performed in November and December of 2022 to keep away from the punishing summer time warmth within the Center East.
What occurs for those who end second in your group?
An additional three locations will probably be fought out between the ten group runners-up and the 2 highest-ranked groups from the Nations League who haven’t already certified or completed in a runners-up spot.
These 12 groups will probably be divided into three play-off paths, every that includes 4 nations, to find out the ultimate three European berths. The format will encompass two knockout rounds from which the three further groups qualify.
When will the qualifiers be performed?
The qualifiers will probably be performed between March and November 2021, with play-offs scheduled for March 2022.
Matchday 7: October 8-9 2021
Matchday 8: October 11-12 2021
Matchday 9: November 11-13 2021
Matchday 10: November 14-16 2021
What is the fixture schedule?
The match will function 32 groups in eight teams of 4.
4 matches will probably be performed every day through the group stage, which is able to run over a 12-day interval and see winners and runners-up progress to the spherical of 16.
Matches will solely be assigned to explicit venues after the finals draw, so organisers can select optimum kick-off occasions to swimsuit tv audiences in several nations, in addition to supporters out in Qatar.
The finals draw is scheduled to happen in April 2022, after the March window for worldwide fixtures.
In contrast to at Euro 2020, there will probably be a third-place play-off recreation on December 17.
Group stage: November 21- December 2
Spherical of 16: December 3-6
Quarter-finals: December 9/10
Semi-finals: December 13/14
Last: December 18
When will the matches kick off?
FIFA has confirmed the primary two rounds of matches will kick off at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm native time (10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm in the UK).
Kick-off occasions within the closing spherical of group video games and knock-out spherical matches will probably be at 6pm and 10pm native time (3pm and 7pm UK time).
The ultimate is scheduled to kick off at 6pm native time (3pm UK time)
What are the venues?
The group video games will happen throughout eight stadia: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Schooling Metropolis Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.