A glittering draw show starred by some of the greatest names of the game and the
entertainment industry defined the groups and initial fixtures of the FIFA World Cup Qatar
Group E would appear to be the ‘group of death’, with European heavyweights Spain and Germany drawn together. Japan have also been drawn in the group, which will include Costa Rica.
The full draw is as follows:
Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
England, Iran, United States, Wales
Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
2022 World Cup schedule
The World Cup finals will get underway on November 21, 2022.
Unlike in previous years, group matches will not be assigned specific kick-off times and venues automatically and will instead be decided after the draw, in order to allow organisers to optimise the schedule for TV audiences around the world.
The final World Cup final itself will be played at 3pm on Sunday, December 18, 2022.
2022 World Cup venues
A total of eight stadiums will be used during the tournament: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.