FIFA World Cup 2022 European qualifiers: Watch England, Germany and France matches live in India
Fifty-five teams, including giants France, Germany, Portugal and England, will be competing for 13 spots. Watch the FIFA World Cup European qualifiers live.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 European qualifiers kickstart this week as club football gives way to international fixtures.
Already delayed due to COVID-19, the qualifying matches will be played from March 2021 to March 2022 to determine the 13 teams from Europe who will travel for the main event in Qatar in May next year.
With the deferred UEFA Euro 2020 tournament starting from June 2021, three matchdays will be held back-to-back over the week starting Wednesday (March 24). The FIFA World Cup 2022 European qualifying schedule will resume again in September after the regular club season and Euros get over.
How do the FIFA World Cup 2022 European qualifiers work?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 European qualifiers will be played in two stages. The group stage will see the 55 European teams divided in 10 groups of five or six teams each. Belgium, France, Italy, Spain – the four teams who reached the 2021 UEFA Nations League finals – are in the smaller five-team groups
The draws were done in Zurich in December 2020. Here are the groups:
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein
In the group stage, each team will play the other teams in a round robin format. The eventual 10 group winners will qualify directly for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The 10 runners-ups, meanwhile, will move onto the second round or play-offs. There, they will be joined by the two best group winners of the UEFA Nations League 2020-21 chosen through their overall ranking.
These two teams, obviously, cannot be the ones which have qualified directly for the FIFA World Cup 2022 final tournament as European qualifiers group winners or the ones which entered the play-offs as European qualifiers group runners-up.
The 12 teams will then be drawn into three play-off paths consisting of four teams each. Each play-off path will see the teams play a one-off semi-final and a final. The three winners from each play-off path will qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Reigning champions France begin their qualifying campaign against Ukraine, while the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal, also the current European champions, will look to hit the ground running against Azerbaijan.
Gareth Southgate’s England will be expected to dispatch minnows San Marino easily in their opening fixture, while the Group E clash between Wales and Belgium will surely bring back memories of the epic Euro 2016 clash, where The Dragons upset the Red Devils.
The campaign will be especially an emotional one for four-time World Cup winners Germany. Long time coach Joachim Low, who led Die Mannschaft to the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy, has already announced that he will be stepping down from his role post the Euros.
Germany play the unpredictable Iceland in their opening match.
Where to watch FIFA World Cup European qualifiers live in India?
Live streaming of the European FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers in India will be on Sony LIV.
FIFA World Cup 2022 European Qualifiers schedule and live match times for India
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Wednesday, March 24
Turkey vs Netherlands – 10:30 PM IST
Estonia vs Czech Republic – 10:30 PM IST
Thursday, March 25
France vs Ukraine – 1:15 AM IST
Gibraltar vs Norway – 1:15 AM IST
Finland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina - 1:15 AM IST
Latvia vs Montenegro – 1:15 AM IST
Slovenia vs Croatia – 1:15 AM IST
Belgium vs Wales – 1:15 AM IST
Serbia vs Republic of Ireland – 1:15 AM IST
Portugal vs Azerbaijan – 1:15 AM IST
Cyprus vs Slovakia – 1:15 AM IST
Malta vs Russia – 1:15 AM IST
Israel vs Denmark – 10:30 PM IST
Bulgaria vs Switzerland – 10:30 PM IST
Friday, March 26
Spain vs Greece – 1:15 AM IST
Sweden vs Georgia – 1:15 AM IST
Italy vs Northern Ireland – 1:15 AM IST
Moldova vs Faroe Islands – 1:15 AM IST
Scotland vs Austria – 1:15 AM IST
Andorra vs Albania – 1:15 AM IST
England vs San Marino – 1:15 AM IST
Hungary vs Poland – 1:15 AM IST
Germany vs Iceland – 1:15 AM IST
Liechtenstein vs Armenia – 1:15 AM IST
Romania vs North Macedonia – 1:15 AM IST
Saturday, March 27
Russia vs Slovenia – 7:30 PM IST
Montenegro vs Gibraltar – 7:30 PM IST
Croatia vs Cyprus – 10:30 PM IST
Norway vs Turkey – 10:30 PM IST
Belarus vs Estonia – 10:30 PM IST
Netherlands vs Latvia – 10:30 PM IST
Sunday, March 28
Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg – 1:15 AM IST
Serbia vs Portugal – 1:15 AM IST
Czech Republic vs Belgium – 1:15 AM IST
Slovakia vs Malta – 1:15 AM IST
Kazakhstan vs France – 6:30 PM IST
Denmark vs Moldova – 9:30 PM IST
Albania vs England – 9:30 PM IST
Georgia vs Spain – 9:30 PM IST
Armenia vs Iceland – 9:30 PM IST
Monday, March 29
Kosovo vs Sweden – 12:15 AM IST
Bulgaria vs Italy – 12:15 AM IST
Switzerland vs Lithuania – 12:15 AM IST
Ukraine vs Finland – 12:15 AM IST
Austria vs Faroe Islands – 12:15 AM IST
Israel vs Scotland – 12:15 AM IST
Poland vs Andorra – 12:15 AM IST
San Marino vs Hungary – 12:15 AM IST
North Macedonia vs Liechtenstein – 12:15 AM IST
Romania vs Germany – 12:15 AM IST
Tuesday, March 30
Azerbaijan vs Serbia – 9:30 PM IST
Cyprus vs Slovenia – 9:30 PM IST
Wednesday, March 31
Luxembourg vs Portugal – 12:15 AM IST
Belgium vs Belarus – 12:15 AM IST
Wales vs Czech Republic – 12:15 AM IST
Gibraltar vs Netherlands – 12:15 AM IST
Montenegro vs Norway – 12:15 AM IST
Turkey vs Latvia – 12:15 AM IST
Croatia vs Malta – 12:15 AM IST
Slovakia vs Russia – 12:15 AM IST
Armenia vs Romania – 9:30 PM IST
Thursday, April 1
Greece vs Georgia – 12:15 AM IST
Spain vs Kosovo – 12:15 AM IST
Lithuania vs Italy – 12:15 AM IST
Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria – 12:15 AM IST
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs France – 12:15 AM IST
Ukraine vs Kazakhstan – 12:15 AM IST
Austria vs Denmark – 12:15 AM IST
Moldova vs Israel – 12:15 AM IST
Scotland vs Faroe Islands – 12:15 AM IST
Andorra vs Hungary – 12:15 AM IST
England vs Poland – 12:15 AM IST
San Marino vs Albania – 12:15 AM IST
Germany vs North Macedonia – 12:15 AM IST
Liechtenstein vs Iceland – 12:15 AM IST