As African countries begin this weekend the final round of qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, FIFA has unveiled the new rules that will govern the draw. On April 1, in Doha, the teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup will know their future opponents in the group stage. And as mentioned, the countries will be divided into four groups according to their position in the FIFA ranking.
"According to the procedure approved by the FIFA Organizing Committee for Competitions, the 28 teams already qualified will be divided according to sporting criteria into pools numbered from 1 to 4, based on the edition of the FIFA Coca-Cola World Ranking to be published on March 31, 2022, at the end of the March international window. As hosts, Qatar will be seeded (position A1) in hat #1, where they will be joined by the seven highest ranked qualifying teams according to the world rankings. The next eight teams according to the rankings (teams 8-15) will be placed in hat No. 2 and teams 16-23 will be placed in hat No. 3. Finally, hat no. 4 will include teams 24-28 as well as the two teams "to be determined", corresponding to the winners of the intercontinental play-offs; in addition to the team "to be determined" corresponding to the winner of the last UEFA play-off. The intercontinental play-offs are scheduled for June 13-14 in Qatar. The AFC representative will face the CONMEBOL representative and the Concacaf representative will face the OFC representative, according to the draw made on November 26, 2021. The last team in the UEFA qualifiers will also be known during the May-June international window, as decided by the Bureau of the FIFA Organizing Committee for Competitions on March 8.