world cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the twenty second FIFA World Cup tournament and is due to be held in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. It is the second FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Asia but the first to be staged in the Arab world.

Host selection

The bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009, and by the time of the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Z├╝rich on 2 December 2010, five bids remained for the 2022 FIFA World Cup; Australia, Japan, Qatar, South Korea and the United States of America.

Australia's bid was eliminated in the first round having received just one vote. Japan and South Korea were eliminated in rounds two and three receiving two votes and five votes, respectivley.

In the final round of voting Qatar won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup beating the United States of America by 14 votes to 8.

Hosts, Qatar, qualified automatically whilst the remaining 31 places, were allocated with 13 to Europe (UEFA), four to South America (CONMEBOL), three to the North and Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF), five to Africa (CAF) and four to Asia (AFC) whilst one qualifier from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and one each from CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and the AFC will be drawn into two intercontinental play off ties for the final two places.


All 55 UEFA members entered the European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The teams were divided into ten groups; five groups of five teams and five group of six teams. The group winners would qualify autoimatically.

The 10 group runners-up would be joined by the best 2 Nations League group winners, based on the Nations League overall ranking, that finish outside the top two of their qualifying group.

These 12 teams will be drawn into three play-off paths, playing two rounds of single-match play-offs, semi-finals and final, with the 3 path winners qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Wales were placed in Pot 2 as second seeds, and were drawn in Group E alongside Belgium, Czechia, Belarus and Estonia.

Uefa qualifying Group E

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
 24/03/2021Estonia 2-6 Czechia Arena Lublin, Lublin (Poland)WCQ
67024/03/2021Belgium 3-1 WalesWilsonDen Dreef, LeuvenWCQ
 27/03/2021Belarus 4-2 Estonia Dinamo Stadium, MinskWCQ
 27/03/2021Czechia 1-1 Belgium Eden Arena, PragueWCQ
 30/03/2021Belgium 8-0 Belarus Den Dreef, LeuvenWCQ
67230/03/2021Wales 1-0 CzechiaJamesCardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 01/09/2021Estonia 2-5 Belgium A. Le Coq Arena, TallinnWCQ
 01/09/2021Czechia 1-0 Belarus Městský Stadion, OstravaWCQ
68005/09/2021Belarus 2-3 WalesBale (3, 2pen)Centralniy Stadion, Kazan, RussiaWCQ
 05/09/2021Belgium 3-0 Czechia Stade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
68108/09/2021Wales 0-0 Estonia Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 08/09/2021Belarus 0-1 Belgium Centralniy Stadion, Kazan, RussiaWCQ
68208/10/2021Czechia 2-2 WalesRamsey, JamesSinobo Stadium, PragueWCQ
 08/10/2021Estonia 2-0 Belarus A. Le Coq Arena, TallinnWCQ
68311/10/2021Estonia 0-1 WalesMooreA. Le Coq Stadion, TallinnWCQ
 08/09/2021Belarus 0-2 Czechia Centralniy Stadion, Kazan, RussiaWCQ
 13/11/2021Belgium 3-1 Estonia Stade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
68413/11/2021Wales 5-1 BelarusRamsey (2, 1 pen), N Williams, Davies, C RobertsCardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 16/11/2021Czechia 2-0 Estonia Letná Stadium, PragueWCQ
68516/11/2021Wales 1-1 BelgiumMooreCardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ

BEL 8-03-03-13-1
BLR0-1 0-24-22-3
CZE1-11-0 2-02-2
EST2-52-02-6 0-1

Group standings

Wales and the 2022 World Cup

Wales were placed in Pot 2 as second seeds, and were drawn in Group E alongside Belgium, Czechia, Belarus and Estonia.

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic the opening matches were played behind closed doors and despite taking an early lead against Belgium, Wales' opening match ended in a 1-3 defeat.

Players used during qualifying

Wales used a total of 23 players during the qualifying campaign. Danny Ward came closest to featuring in every single minute of every match, but a last minute substitution in the penultimate game against Belarus meant he joined Dan James and James Morrell as having played some part of every game.

The campaign so first caps for Mark Harris, against Belarus in Kazan and Sorba Thomas against Czechia in Prague. Gareth Bale also reached the milestone of 100 caps in the home game against Belarus.

Connor Roberts became the 18th player to be sent off when playing for Wales during the home game against Czechia.

Joe Allen8 909090909090
Ethan Ampadu909090 909090 
Gareth Bale88909090  45 
Rubin Colwill  58     
Ben Davies  9090  9090
Chris Gunter  9090607  
Mark Harris  3227 19  
Wayne Hennessey      1 
Dan James9090909090907690
Brennan Johnson  63  7451
James Lawrence909090     
Chris Mepham905790909086 90
Kieffer Moore233  9071 90
Joe Morrell8290909060101990
Aaron Ramsey    90807189
Connor Roberts9077 red  30839090
Tyler Roberts23  634 14 
Joe Rodon9090  90909090
Sorba Thomas    1490  
Danny Ward9090909090908990
Jonathan Williams 142754    
Neco Williams9090  76 9090
Harry Wilson6776 36308390