The 2022 World Cup draw takes place on Friday in Doha, Qatar (ProSoccerTalk will be live at 12pm ET on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel to analyze the draw as it happens) and the USMNT will be in Pot 2 and ready to roll.
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After a 3,123-day wait since the last time they qualified for a World Cup tournament, the U.S. men’s national team are back.
And with only a handful of teams yet to book their spot at the 2022 World Cup, the pots for the draw are almost finalized. That means we can start to think about the best and worst case scenarios for the USA.
Gregg Berhalter’s side will be in Pot 2. For everyone who says your FIFA world ranking doesn’t matter. Well, this is why it matters. Berhalter would not want to be in Pot 3 for this draw. Nope.
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And as a quick reminder, for the group stage draw the 4 pots of eight teams are based on the FIFA world ranking released on March 31, 2022 and will work like this:
Teams are placed in a pot based on their latest FIFA ranking, which were just released.
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) March 31, 2022
Pot 1 = Hosts Qatar plus the top seven ranked teams who have qualified
Pot 2 = Teams ranked 8-15 of the qualified teams
Pot 3 = Teams ranked 16-23 of the qualified teams
Pot 4 = Teams ranked 24-28 of the qualified teams + three placeholders for intercontinental playoff winners, plus the winner of Wales vs Scotland/Ukraine playoff
Note: Teams from the same confederation cannot be paired together, except for UEFA where two teams can be in the same group.
Bearing all of that in mind, below is a look at some of the scenarios for the USMNT.
Expected pots for World Cup draw
Pot 1: Qatar, Belgium, Brazil, France, Argentina, England, Spain, Portugal
Pot 2: Mexico, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Uruguay, Switzerland, USA, Croatia
Pot 3: Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, South Korea, Tunisia
Pot 4: Cameroon, Canada, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana + 2 intercontinental playoff winners, winner of Wales vs Scotland/Ukraine
Best case scenario for USMNT
Based on their current FIFA ranking, here is the best case scenario for the USMNT.
The above is based on FIFA rankings but in our opinion, this group would be the easiest for the USMNT to navigate.
Worst case scenario for USMNT
Based on their current FIFA ranking, here is the worst case scenario for the USMNT.
The above is based on FIFA rankings but in our opinion, this group would be the toughest for the USMNT to navigate.
- One of Scotland/Ukraine/Wales
2022 World Cup draw live, schedule, start time dates
When: Friday, April 1, 2022
Location: Doha, Qatar
Start time: Scheduled to start at 12pm ET
TV channel: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
Live updates, analysis: ProSoccerTalk live show on YouTube + Here on NBCSports.com