Lucky11 | FIFA World Cup 2022: Group Selection Process
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off on 20th November. In the opening game at Al Bayt Stadium the hosting country Qatar will play against Ecuador. Total 32 teams have been divided into eight groups. Top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout round.
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Group Team Selection Process
The groups are decided by the FIFA as per their complex process. FIFA defines six qualifying zones to guarantee a geographical spread. According to ranking system, seven strongest teams have been decided and they were divided into different groups for better and balanced experience. Also, two teams from the same zone cannot be in same group. They must be in different groups as per the rules.
It is earlier decided to conduct tournament during winter’s period due to extreme rise in temperature in Qatar. For the tournament world’s top leagues will be on hold. Former England captain David Beckham says the event will be very beneficial for players. This mid season World Cup will produce higher and more competitive level of football as compared to last season. The compact nature of the tournament will be beneficial. Players can easily recover after the games.
Surprisingly, four-time World Cup winners and current European champions Italy will not be among the playing 32 teams. Team Italy fails to qualify and it is not the only big name missing from the 2022 World Cup. Colombia, Africa and Sweden will watch the World Cup from home. James Rodriguez, golden boot winner shared his disappointment as his team failed to qualify.
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