Here is who has already qualified (29 teams): Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Republic from Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Vietnam, Zambia.
And here are the playoff hopefuls (10 teams, vying for three spots): Cameroon, Chile, Taiwan (which FIFA calls Chinese Taipei), Haiti, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Portugal, Senegal, Thailand.
Those 10 teams will be whittled down to three in a series of playoff games in February.
The full set of draw procedures is five pages long. If you want something simpler, FIFA has put together this quick video.
The main things to remember as you follow?
Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand are locked into first-round groups which will see them stay in their home countries through the group stage.
The draw procedures are designed to ensure that teams from the same federation are separated. So the United States, for example, cannot be drawn with Canada or Costa Rica on Saturday, but they should also theoretically avoid the winners of the playoffs in Groups B and C, as these groups could produce a qualifier. of Concacaf. But as these playoff groups include teams from different federations and will be unknown on Saturday, it may not be possible to separate teams from the same region. FIFA, however, has stated that no group will include more than two teams from the same confederation.
The pots were set based on October’s FIFA World Rankings, which put the United States in first place. The biggest change this month? Spain pink two seaterand therefore landed in Pot 1 for the draw, while the Netherlands lost two, falling into Pot 2.
All groups will keep teams from one country or the other in the group stage, which was intended to minimize player and fan travel, at least initially.
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