What Teams Are Playing At The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup?
As the World Cup approaches you might find yourself wondering, “What teams are playing at the 2022 World Cup?”. Well then this article is for you!
We put together all the teams playing at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar this winter and broke them down by continent and by the groups that they are competing in.
Check out our breakdown of all the teams playing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup below.
Teams Playing At The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup – By Continent
You can check out all the teams playing at the World Cup broken down by continent/confederation below.
European/ UEFA Teams At The 2022 FIFA World Cup
Europe have by far the most teams of all the continents competing at the World Cup with 13 nations. European teams account for 40% of the teams at the Qatar World Cup.
You can bet on one of UEFA’s 13 nations lifting the World Cup at odds of 4/11.
South American/ CONMEBOL Teams At The 2022 FIFA World Cup
There are 4 South American countries represented at the 2022 World Cup. The South American confederation CONMEBOL get four automatic World Cup spots and one play-off spot against an Oceania team to qualify. Peru lost to Australia in that play-off for this tournament.
The odds on a South American team winning the 2022 World Cup are 15/8. These odds look very generous given that the two tournament favourites, Brazil and Argentina, come from South America.
African/ CAF Teams At The 2022 FIFA World Cup
Africa has five teams playing at this World Cup in Qatar. The African teams make up just over 15% of the squads at this year’s World Cup.
The odds on an African team winning this tournament for the first time ever are 50/1.
Asian/ AFC Teams At The 2022 FIFA World Cup
There are five Asian teams playing in Qatar’s World Cup this winter which makes up a little over 15% of the nations. You can back an Asian team winning the World Cup for the first time ever at 100/1 odds.
North American/ CONCACAF Teams At The 2022 FIFA World Cup
North America is represented by four teams at this World Cup. That accounts for 12.5% of the teams playing in Qatar. If you want to back the CONCACAF teams to get a first World Cup for the confederation, then you will find odds of 50/1.
Oceania/ OFC Teams At The 2022 World Cup
The Socceroos won a play-off game against Peru to qualify for this World Cup as the only team from Oceania. You can back Australia to win the World Cup at odds of 300/1.
As you can see the World Cup is very European centric. Europe’s nations make up over 40% of the countries at the World Cup while no other continent has more than a 16% share of the teams competing.
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Teams Playing At The World Cup – By Group
The odds on any of the Group B teams winning the World Cup is 13/2.
The odds makers have a Group D team winning this World Cup at 9/2.
Group E are the second favourite to be the World Cup winning group at odds of 4/1.
You can get 10/1 odds on group F containing the World Cup winner.
Group G are the favourites to be the World Cup winning group at 7/2.
The odds of any of the Group H teams winning the World Cup in Qatar is 7/2.
2026 FIFA World Cup Expansion
There is a problem with the way that the World Cup is constructed currently as almost half the nations competing in it are from Europe. There is also the issue that European teams make up ten of the top twelve teams in the FIFA world rankings so the fix might not be as simple as reducing the amount of European teams that can compete in the tournament.
The solution that FIFA decided on is to increase the number of teams at the World Cup going forward. In the next World Cup hosted by the USA, Canada and Mexico there will be 48 teams at the tournament.
This expansion is a massive one from the total of 32 teams that currently compete at the World Cup. Expansion isn’t a new thing for the World Cup, however. In 1998 the competition was expanded to 32 teams from a previous total of 24 teams.
It will be interesting to see how the expansion goes in four years’ time. Hopefully it means that we might see Ireland compete at the tournament for the first time since 2002.
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