With the final round of European qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
™ barely a month away, it is time for the penultimate round of qualifiers to be contested.
Having been split into ten groups, UEFA’s teams are battling it out for a ticket to the World Cup via one of the ten direct qualifying spots or a place in the play-offs. FIFA.com presents a preview of the European games happening in October, with plenty of exciting matches and footballing highlights on offer for fans.
A total of 13 UEFA member associations will travel to Qatar 2022. The qualifying format enables ten countries to book their spots at the World Cup directly by finishing first in their respective groups.
The runners-up from each group will head into next March’s play-offs to try and secure one of the three remaining places, where they will be joined by the two best teams in the Nations League who finished outside the top two in their European qualifying group. These 12 teams will be split into three groups to contest semi-finals and finals and complete UEFA’s World Cup line-up.
Two Sporting Kansas City players have traveled to Europe this week as midfielder and forward prepare for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Israel and Hungary, respectively.
Kinda and Salloi—who starred for Sporting in a 4-2 home win over Houston Dynamo FC before venturing abroad—are both scheduled to take the field Saturday and Tuesday during the October FIFA window, looking to help their countries end longstanding World Cup droughts. We preview Saturday’s slate in the space below.