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When is the 2022 World Cup qualifying draw and what pot are Wales in?

Focus is set to swiftly turn to the 2022 World Cup as the Nations League campaign draws to a close.

And there is not long to wait until the qualifying draw for the Qatar tournament takes place.

Here are all of the details you’ll need to know for the draw.

When is the 2022 World Cup draw?

The draw for the European section of 2022 World Cup qualifying takes place on Monday, December 7.

It will get under way at 5pm in Zurich, Switzerland.

How can I watch it?

The draw will be streamed live on the UEFA website.

Alternatively, you can follow updates on Gist Vile’s football page when the draw is made.

Which teams are in which pots?

The 55 participating teams will be allocated to six pots – five containing 10 teams and one containing five teams – based on the FIFA world rankings as of November 26, 2020.

Wales are set to be in pot 2, meaning they will be paired with one side above them in the rankings and either three or four other sides who are all below them in the rankings.

The pots were fully determined when the 2020/21 Nations League fixtures were concluded.

The pot numbers are available in full right here.

How many teams will qualify and where does the Nations League come in?

Thirteen of the 32 teams that will compete at the next World Cup will be from Europe.

European qualifying will comprise five groups of six teams and five groups of five teams. All teams within a group will play each other twice in a home and away format between March and November 2021.

The 10 group winners in the traditional qualifying system will book their place at the Qatar tournament.

After that, there will be three more spots up for grabs, and that’s where the Nations League comes in.

The 10 best group runners-up from the regular qualifying system will be joined by the best two Nations League group winners, based on their overall Nations League ranking, who did not directly qualify or reach the play-offs.

They will then be split into three separate play-off paths. There will be two single-leg semi-finals and a final in each play-off path, with the victor in each of the three paths earning a spot at the next World Cup.

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