World Cup draw time, TV and rules

The World Cup is almost complete. On Friday, football teams learn the answer to a critical question and their fans want to know: Who will they be playing when the tournament begins in Qatar in November?

The World Cup draw – part gala, part pep rally, part math seminar – interesting clashes of scenery, political clashes with trials and, if past events, guided, some uncomfortable moments.

But given the draw of the draw, it is also one of the biggest events on the global sports calendar. Here’s a look at how it works.

Lunch on Friday, Eastern time, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Qatar.

Television coverage in the US will be on FS1 and Telemundo at 11:30 AM, Eastern Time. The draw will be broadcast on FIFA.com and on NBC’s Peacock service in the US. The New York Times will also provide up-to-the-minute coverage.

Each team is assigned to one of four vessels, based on their global ranking. Each vessel will be placed in one of the eight rounds of the World Cup opening round, to ensure that the teams are divided in strength. There are rules to exclude them from regional competitors. Each group may have no more than two teams from Europe, for example, and no more than one from another continent.

This whole process can sometimes feel a little daunting: First, a ball is thrown out of a bowl containing the names of each team in the vessel. Then another ball was created to put the team in position, which had to be done carefully so that rules about regional competition were followed.

It could be worse, as the Champions League learned in December. He announced his highly anticipated knock-out goal matchup before discovering his mistake, and had to end an embarrassing task.

Bright stars of Soccer include Kiev (Brazil), Luther Mathews (Germany), Adil Ahmed Malala (Qatar), Ali Dai (Iran), Bora Melotnyk (Serbia), GJ Okocha (Nigeria), Rabah Madjar (Algeria) and Includes Tim Cahill. Australia) will draw the actual drawing of the balls.

As the teams are sorted by their global rankings, POT1 is traditionally comprised of the tournament’s favorite and host nation. That means this year in addition to Qatar, Brazil includes Argentina, Belgium, France, England, Spain and Portugal.

Pot 2 is based in the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia and Uruguay.

Pot 3 is Serbia, Poland, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran, Japan and South Korea.

Pot 4, the so-called weak teams (though probably not this year), are Canada, Ghana, Cameroon, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia.

The three teams that have not yet been determined will be in the vessel. A European location will be taken by Ukraine, Scotland or Wales. Elsewhere will be the winner of the intercontinental game between Costa Rica and New Zealand, and last between Peru, Australia or the United Arab Emirates. All of these venues will be judged by the Games in June.

The chief absentee is Italy, a four-time World Cup winner and reigning European champion. After missing out in 2018, Italy ended up for another whole cycle when it lost a play-off semifinal against Northern Macedonia.

Qatar, which has never qualified for the World Cup on the merits of the Games, is the weakest team in POT 1, and each team will want to land in the other Pats in their group. Nobody in particular wants to play Brazil, because it is the No. 1 in the world and because, hey, it’s Brazil. France is the defending champion.

Germany and the Netherlands appear to be the strongest teams in Pot 2, and Serbia and Poland (along with FIFA World Player of the Air Robert Lewandowski) can be dangerous for Pot 3. Any team from South America that can qualify will be strong. , And Ecuador in Pot 4 should scare many teams to rank above it.

The same is true for Canada, which has a host of young talent and is ahead of the more traditional US and Mexico in the first place in its eligibility group.

The favorites are Brazil, France, England and Spain, in that order, say the bookmakers.

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