Group fixtures: all the details for the group stages of the 2022 Qatar World Cup

The draw for the group stages of the World Cup has had its say, and we now know what to expect from the 22nd instalment. There were four pots containing the names of 8 teams. The French team found itself in the 1st pot because they are one of the top seeds (due to their world ranking). Each group contains a team from each pot.

There can be up to two European teams put into the same group. However, with the exception of European teams, there canโ€™t be two teams from the same geographic area in the same group.

World Cup Group Fixtures

Group A

The opening match will, in the end, be Qatar โ€“ Ecuador, and it will take place on Sunday the 20th of November. After several weeks, FIFA finally went back on their decision to make Senegal โ€“ Netherlands the first match of the 2022 World Cup. This group is one of only two in this competition to have not even a single previous winner, along with Group F.


  • Qatar ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  • Senegal ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • Ecuador ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ

Group B

This is a fairly consistent group. Setting England aside, as the 1966 winners who appear to be the favourites of the group, the three other nations in this group seem completely capable of getting through to the round of 16. As such, itโ€™s difficult to predict who, out of the United States, Iran, or Wales, will qualify for the knockout stages.


  • England ๐Ÿด
  • United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Wales ๐Ÿด

Group C

Finalists in the 2014 World Cup, Lionel Messiโ€™s Argentina are looking like one of the favourites in this competition, after having won the Copa America in 2021. Besides them, two teams will have to fight it out for second place, namely, Poland and Mexico.


  • Argentina ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
  • Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ
  • Saudi Arabia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Group D

The titleholder, la France, is putting its trophy back on the line in Qatar. In a group that is practically the same as the 2018 group, with two of the same opponents (Denmark and Australia), Didier Deschampsโ€™ team will also have to face off against one of the best African teams, Tunisia.


  • France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
  • Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ
  • Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Group E

The most competitive fixture of this group phase opposes two teams who are undoubtedly potential finalists, namely, Luis Enriqueโ€™s Spain (winner in 2010) and Hans-Dieter Flickโ€™s Germany (with four world cups under their belt). The outsiders in this group are Japan (though they reached the round of 16 in 2002, 2010 and 2018) and Costa Rica (quarter-finalists in 2014, despite having been dealt a losing hand with their group).


  • Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต
  • Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท

Group F

The most unpredictable group. These four nations are going to have to contest two precious qualifying places if they hope to make the round of 16. As 2018 semi-finalists, Belgium are harbouring grand ambitions, just like Croatia, who were finalists in the last competition. Morocco have a great team with some high-level players. Watch out for Canada, too, who are contesting their first World Cup since 1986.


  • Belgium ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช
  • Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Marocco ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
  • Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Group G

Are Brazil going to enjoy themselves? Like France, the Brazilian team finds itself in a group with two teams that it faces in Russia four years ago, Serbia and Switzerland, the latter having made it to the quarter-finals in the 2021 Euro. They must also take on an on-form Cameroonian team, who have contested more World Cup knockout stages than any other African Team in history.


  • Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • Serbia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Cameroon ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

Group H

In this last group, two favourites naturally stand out: Cristiano Ronaldoโ€™s Portugal, who have never reached the World Cup final, and Uruguay, two-time winners in 1930 and 1950. Behind these, things look difficult for the South Koreans, shock semi-finalists in 2002 on home turf, and for Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010 against โ€ฆ Uruguay.


  • Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
  • Uruguay ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ
  • South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • Ghana ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ