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When is FIFA World Cup 2022 being held in Qatar and how many teams qualify?

The road to the 2022 World Cup continues for Wales, with Rob Page’s men hoping to secure what would be a historic finals berth.

Wales haven’t appeared at a finals since 1958, but with Gareth Bale and co. hopes are high that this team can break that barren run.

Here’s the full lowdown on the tournament’s key dates, and what needs to happen for Wales to get there.

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When is the 2022 World Cup?

Usually, the World Cup is held during the summer off-season for major European leagues, but due to the sweltering summer temperatures in the Middle East, the tournament has been moved to the winter.

The World Cup will subsequently take place across one month, with the opening game set for November 21, 2022, with the final on December 18.

Where will the 2022 World Cup be played?

Qatar are the hosts and are expected to provide eight venues for the tournament.

Three are in Al-Rayyan, two in Doha and one each in Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor and Lusail.

The Lusail Iconic Stadium is the venue chosen for the final, with around 80,000 fans set to be in attendance.

What do Wales need to do to qualify?

Each of the sides who top the 10 qualifying groups in the European section will automatically go through to the finals in Qatar.

The 10 second placed sides will enter the play-offs, and will then be joined by the best two Nations League group winners who finish outside the top two in their groups.

Wales could subsequently reach the play-offs even if they don’t finish in the top two of Group E given that they won their Nations League group last year.

You can read a full lowdown on the permutations here.

Wales’ last remaining fixtures

Estonia (H) – Wednesday, September 8 (7.45pm)

Czech Republic (A) – Friday, October 8 (7:45pm)

Estonia (A) – Monday, October 11 (7:45pm)

Qualifying groups in full

A Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan

B Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo

C Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania

D France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan

E Belgium, Wales , Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia

F Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova

G Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar

H Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta

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