With 19 teams now qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, this international break will continue to complete qualification for the tournament.
After Saudi Arabia and Japan officially qualified on Thursday morning, teams from Europe, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and Africa are now looking to qualify too during the March international break.
In fact, Friday night saw Ecuador and Uruguay book their ticket for Qatar as part of CONMEBOL qualification.
For now, Qatar (as hosts) are at the top of the list of teams already qualified for this winter’s 2022 World Cup. They will be seeded, while the rest will depend on the FIFA ranking.
These are the teams with their tickets already booked:
When are the key matches in each confederation?
Here are all the dates for the key games that remain in each continent:
Wales 2-1 Austria
Italy 0-1 North Macedonia
Sweden 1-0 Czech Republic
Scotland – Ukraine (postponed)
Russia – Poland: Poland get a bye for the play-off final
The winners of each group will play next Tuesday, March 29 for a place in the playoffs.
These are the draws drawn at the time by UEFA:
Poland vs Sweden
Scotland/ Ukraine vs Wales
North Macedonia vs Portugal
CONMEBOL (South America)
Brazil 4-0 Chile
Colombia 3-0 Bolivia
Paraguay 3-1 Ecuador
Uruguay 1-0 Peru
Argentina 3-0 Venezuela
After Brazil and Argentina had already qualified, Ecuador and Uruguay sealed their ticket during this international break. and Peru can at least secure their place in the playoffs.
CONCACAF (North America)
Jamaica 1-1 El Salvador
Panama 1-1 Honduras
Mexico 0-0 United States
Costa Rica 1-0 Canada
Canada will be in the second World Cup in their history with a draw in Costa Rica.
Either Mexico or the USA can secure it with a win one night and hope for a favourable result.
DR Congo 1-1 Morocco
Cameroon 0-1 Algeria
Mali 0-1 Tunisia
Egypt 1-0 Senegal
Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
These are two-legged ties, with the first leg on March 25, and the second leg four days later.
South Korea, Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia have already qualified.
Australia and United Arab Emirates will play a playoff to see who will represent Asia in the intercontinental playoff and their opponents will be the 5th place team from CONMEBOL.