According to official FIFA news, the lottery for the first stage of the 2022 Qatar World Cup European Qualifiers will be held in Zurich at 18:00 local time on December 7th (1:00 December 8th Beijing time).
UEFA announced in June the 2022 Qatar World Cup European qualifier draw procedure has been confirmed by FIFA.
The 55 member associations of UEFA will be divided into 10 groups, and the top 10 groups will directly advance to the World Cup. 10 teams second in the group and the 2 teams with the best results in the UEFA, a total of 12 teams , Will be divided into three groups and compete for the remaining three World Cup seats through play-offs.
The 55 teams will be ranked according to the FIFA World Rankings updated on November 26, 2020. The 10 highest-ranked teams will be included in the first tier, and the next 10 highest-ranked teams will be included in the second tier. And so on, until the last 5 teams with the lowest ranking are included in the sixth tier.
The 55 teams will be divided into groups A to J from the first to sixth gears. Groups A to E will be divided into groups of 5 and the remaining groups will be divided into groups of 6.
The first place of each group in the UEFA League A in the 2020/21 season, that is, the 4 teams participating in the UEFA Europa League finals in October 2021 will be divided into groups A to E, and each group will not exceed one UEFA League. Finals teams, and the 5 teams in the sixth gear can only be placed in Group F to J.
In addition to the above mentioned UEFA finals team draw restrictions, there are also political factors, climate factors and distance factors.