Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have revealed the new format to be used for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

John Batanudde | Kawowo Sports Uganda Cranes will be eager to reach their first ever World Cup when 2022 qualifiers for Qatar begin

The format is nearly similar to the one used for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers but different from the usual one that was used for the last edition held in Russia.

Here is the format that will probably see Uganda Cranes begin campaign in the group stages;

  • The 26 highest ranked teams (according to FIFA) will be exempted from the preliminary round. As for the remaining 28, the 14 highest ranked teams will face the 14 lowest.
  • Then the 14 winning teams will participate in the group stages alongside the 26 highest ranked teams in the continent. They will be divided into 10 groups of four teams.
  • Finally, each group leaders will face each other in the knockout stages, where the five highest ranked teams will face the remaining five.

The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar and it will be the last of its kind as it will host 32 countries, as starting 2026 the tournament will see the participation of 48 teams.


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