FIFA World Cup 2022: UEFA announces revamped playoff system for qualifiers to showpiece event in Qatar

  • UEFA said the 55 teams, who will be battling for 13 places at the tournament in Qatar, will be divided into 10 groups.

  • The 10 group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup while the runners-up will go into the playoffs.

  • Those 12 teams will then be divided into three paths, with a one-leg semi-final and a one-leg final in each path.

Nyon: UEFA is to introduce a new-look playoff system for its 2022 World Cup qualifying competition which will avoid the need to compare results of teams in different groups.

 FIFA World Cup 2022: UEFA announces revamped playoff system for qualifiers to showpiece event in Qatar

The UEFA logo is pictured on UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Image used for representational purpose. Reuters

UEFA said the 55 teams, who will be battling for 13 places at the tournament in Qatar, will be divided into 10 groups.

The 10 group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup while the runners-up will go into the playoffs along with two more teams from the 2020-21 Nations League.

Those 12 teams will then be divided into three paths, with a one-leg semi-final and a one-leg final in each path to decide the remaining three European finalists.

In the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, there were nine groups where the winners qualified directly and the eight best runners-up went into four two-leg playoffs.

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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2019 08:10:49 IST