Mapped: The 32 Teams Playing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Mapped: The 32 Teams Playing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world—in 2018, nearly 3.6 billion people tuned in to watch the tournament.

Starting on November 20th, that excitement will return as 32 teams from around the world will compete in the 22nd FIFA World Cup Championship in Qatar.

This graphic by Athul Alexander shows the teams that will be playing against one another this year, and their latest pre-tournament FIFA rankings.

The Ranks of the 32 Qualifying Teams

The FIFA World Ranking is used to compare the 211 teams that are part of the FIFA association. They attempt to measure the progression and current ability of the each national football team.

The ranking is determined using a number of different metrics, including the number of games a team has won and how “important” those results were, such as in major tournaments or against strong opponents.

But high-ranking teams don’t qualify for the World Cup directly. Instead, ranks are used for seeding in regional qualifying tournaments, as each region (also known as a “confederation”) has a select number of slots.

This means that every World Cup, many lower-ranked teams end up qualifying for the event over higher-ranked teams. For 2022, the biggest example of this is Italy’s national team (ranked #6), which failed to qualify.

Here’s a look at the World Ranking of the 32 qualifying teams, as of Oct 6, 2022:

Country FIFA Rank Total Points
🇧🇷 Brazil 1 1841.30
🇧🇪 Belgium 2 1816.71
🇦🇷 Argentina 3 1773.88
🇫🇷 France 4 1759.78
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England 5 1728.47
🇪🇸 Spain 7 1715.22
🇳🇱 Netherlands 8 1694.51
🇵🇹 Portugal 9 1676.56
🇩🇰 Denmark 10 1666.57
🇩🇪 Germany 11 1650.21
🇭🇷 Croatia 12 1645.64
🇲🇽 Mexico 13 1644.89
🇺🇾 Uruguay 14 1638.71
🇨🇭 Switzerland 15 1635.92
🇺🇸 USA 16 1627.48
🇸🇳 Senegal 18 1584.38
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales 19 1569.82
🇮🇷 IR Iran 20 1564.61
🇷🇸 Serbia 21 1563.62
🇲🇦 Morocco 22 1563.50
🇯🇵 Japan 24 1559.54
🇵🇱 Poland 26 1548.59
🇰🇷 Korea Republic 28 1530.30
🇹🇳 Tunisia 30 1507.54
🇨🇷 Costa Rica 31 1503.59
🇦🇺 Australia 38 1488.72
🇨🇦 Canada 41 1475.00
🇨🇲 Cameroon 43 1471.44
🇪🇨 Ecuador 44 1464.39
🇶🇦 Qatar 50 1439.89
🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 51 1437.78
🇬🇭 Ghana 61 1393.00

The highest-ranked team is Brazil with 1841.30 points. The South American team holds the record for most World Cup wins with five total—in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.

Next on the ranking is Belgium, with 1816.71 points. Belgium has yet to win the World Cup, however, in 2018 they made it to the semi-finals and ended up getting third place.

The Eight Groups for 2022

Each team’s ranking upon qualifying for the FIFA World Cup tournament is also used for seeding purposes to establish the groups.

The association first organizes the teams into four pots, based on their FIFA Ranking. Then, groups are established by randomly drawing teams from each pot.

Here’s a look at the eight different groups for 2022:

Group Country (Top Rank) Country (Top Middle Rank) Country (Bottom Middle Rank) Country (Bottom Rank)
A Netherlands Senegal Ecuador Qatar
B England U.S. Wales Iran
C Argentia Mexico Poland Saudi Arabia
D France Denmark Tunisia Australia
E Spain Germany Japan Costa Rica
F Belgium Croatia Morocco Canada
G Brazil Switzerland Serbia Cameroon
H Portugal Uruguay South Korea Ghana

The groups can’t have more than two teams from the same region, with the exception of Europe, which has double the amount of slots.

These groups will play each other in the first stage of the tournament, after which the top two teams from each group will move on to the bracket round.

Past FIFA World Cup Winners

Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has been hosted every four years, apart from 1942 and 1946, when it was canceled during WWII.

Here’s a look at past cup winners, as well as the runner-ups, since 1930:

Year Winning Team Score Runners-up
1930 Uruguay 4–2 Argentina
1934 Italy 2–1 Czechoslovakia
1938 Italy 4–2 Hungary
1950 Uruguay 2–1 Brazil
1954 West Germany 3–2 Hungary
1958 Brazil 5–2 Sweden
1962 Brazil 3–1 Czechoslovakia
1966 England 4–2 West Germany
1970 Brazil 4–1 Italy
1974 West Germany 2–1 Netherlands
1978 Argentina 3–1 Netherlands
1982 Italy 3–1 West Germany
1986 Argentina 3–2 West Germany
1990 West Germany 1–0 Argentina
1994 Brazil 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 pen.)
Italy
1998 France 3–0 Brazil
2002 Brazil 2–0 Germany
2006 Italy 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 pen.)
France
2010 Spain 1–0 (a.e.t.) Netherlands
2014 Germany 1–0 (a.e.t.) Argentina
2018 France 4–2 Croatia

*a.e.t mean “won after extra time,” pen. means “won by penalty kicks”

What’s expected for this year? While it’s technically anyone’s game, Brazil has a 15/4 chance of winning this year’s cup, according to bet365.

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