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World Cup playoffs live: How to watch, stream, start time

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The final spot for the 2022 World Cup will be decided Tuesday, as the World Cup playoffs take center stage in Qatar.

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Australia got the first spot when substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne played hero in penalties to defy Peru a spot in Qatar. Now Costa Rica vs New Zealand will decide team No. 32 at the 2022 World Cup.

The final intercontinental playoffs may be just as epic, as an intense 90 minutes (or longer) awaits us.

Costa Rica will be the favorite but New Zealand is looking to make just a third-ever appearance — their other two were in 1982 and 2010 — at the tournament.

Los Ticos finished fourth in CONCACAF qualifying (just one place below the USMNT, with whom they finished level on points) and are ranked 31st in the world, 70 places higher than New Zealand.

Based on their world ranking alone, this should be a walk in the park for Costa Rica. But we all know it doesn’t work like that. At all.

Below are full details on how to watch the World Cup playoffs live on Telemundo Deportes, the official Spanish language home of the 2022 World Cup in the United States of America.


World Cup playoffs live! How to watch, start time, dates

Australia vs Peru

Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 2pm ET kick off
Location: Al Rayyan Stadium, Qatar
TV channel: NBC Universo, Telemundo
Score/recap: Peru 0-0 (5-6 pens) Australia
Online: Watch full match repla via Peacock

Costa Rica vs New Zealand

Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 2pm ET kick off
Location: Al Rayyan Stadium, Qatar
TV channel: NBC Universo, Telemundo
Online: Watch online via Peacock

History made as FIFA picks 6 female referees, assistants for men’s World Cup

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GENEVA — Female referees will make World Cup history this year by working games at a major men’s tournament for the first time in Qatar.

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Three female referees and three female assistant referees were announced Thursday by FIFA among 129 officials selected for World Cup duty, including one man who caused controversy when refereeing a chaotic African Cup of Nations game in January while suffering with heatstroke.

French referee Stephanie Frappart already worked men’s games in World Cup qualifying and the Champions League, after handling the 2019 Women’s World Cup final. She also refereed the final of the men’s French Cup this month.

“As always, the criteria we have used is `quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina, who worked the 2002 World Cup final. “In this way, we clearly emphasize that it is quality that counts for us and not gender.”

List of referees announced

Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan are also on the list of 36 referees preparing for the 64 games at the tournament, which will be played from Nov. 21-Dec. 18.

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The 69 assistant referees include Neuza Back of Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt of the United States.

“I would hope that in the future the selection of elite women’s match officials for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational,” Collina said.

Among the male referees is Janny Sikazwe of Zambia, who blew the final whistle at an African Cup group match after 85 minutes and again 13 seconds before the 90 minutes were complete, with Mali leading Tunisia 1-0.

About 30 minutes after the match, officials ordered the teams back on the field to restart play but Tunisia refused. The result was later ratified by the Confederation of African Football despite an official protest by Tunisia.

The match was played in heat and humidity in Cameroon, and Sikazwe later explained he started to become confused in the intense conditions. Sikazwe will be working at his second World Cup after handling two group games at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Plans put in place for Qatar

The extreme heat in Qatar led FIFA to decide in 2015 to move the tournament to the cooler months in the Gulf emirate.

FIFA has picked 24 men to work on video reviews. The VAR system made its debut in 2018.

FIFA said 50 referee-and-assistant trios began preparing in 2019 for World Cup duty, with the project affected by limits on international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two referees were picked from each of Argentina, Brazil, England and France.

All the officials – who were not allocated into specific teams of three – face future technical, physical and medical assessments this year, FIFA said.

World Cup draw, live! Updates, groups, how to watch, stream, format, qualified teams

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The 2022 World Cup draw (analysis from ProSoccerTalk live show on YouTube) is going to be epic, as the tournament is getting closer and closer.

After years of qualifying, now it is time to focus on who will play who in Qatar in November and December 2022.

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With the World Cup to be played from November 21 to December 18 in 2022 in eight stadiums in five cities across Qatar, this is going to be a truly unique tournament as FIFA take their showpiece event to the Middle East for the first time in history.

The fact that they are no clear favorites to win this World Cup make it even more intriguing and that makes getting a good draw in the group stage even more important.

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Which group will be the toughest? Which giant will ease through? Where will the upsets be? We are about to find out all of that as the World Cup draw is here, with full details below on how to watch the draw, the date, start time and more.


2022 World Cup draw, live!


The draw is done! This is the 2022 World Cup group stage:

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales/Scotland/Ukraine
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, UAE/Australia/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan,
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea


Okay, it is go timeeee!

Gianni Infantino, the FIFA president, is on stage. The draw is moments from starting.

What are the best case scenarios for the USMNT? Based on their current FIFA ranking, here is the best case scenario for the USMNT.

  1. Qatar
  2. USMNT
  3. Poland
  4. Ghana

A reminder of the pots ahead of the draw…

Pot 1: Qatar, Brazil, Belgium, 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

The officials are taking their seats and the conference hall in Doha is getting ready. We are almost ready to roll.


How will the World Cup draw work?

  • The 28 already qualified teams will be allocated according to sporting principles to pots 1 to 4 based on the Men’s World Ranking released on 31 March, 2022 following the conclusion of the international match window.
  • As hosts, Qatar will take position A1 from Pot 1, where they will be joined by the seven highest-ranked qualified teams from the Men’s World Ranking.
  • The countries occupying positions 8-15 in the ranking of the qualified teams will be allocated to Pot 2, while the 16th-23rd best-ranked qualifiers will be placed in Pot 3.
  • Finally, Pot 4 will include the qualified teams in positions 24 to 28, plus three placeholders representing the two winners of the intercontinental play-offs and the remaining UEFA play-off winner.
  • The intercontinental play-offs will be contested on 13-14 June in Qatar, with the AFC representative facing the CONMEBOL representative and the Concacaf representative taking on the OFC representative.
  • The final team to qualify through the UEFA play-offs will also be determined in the May-June international window due to Ukraine’s playoff game being delayed and Russia being banned from the World Cup due to their invasion of Ukraine.
  • The draw will start with Pot 1 and end with Pot 4. Each pot will be completely emptied before moving on to the subsequent one.
  • As per the standard draw procedure, a ball from a team pot will be drawn, followed by a ball from one of the group pots, thus determining the position in which the team will play.
  • Teams from the same confederation will be kept apart in each of the eight groups with the exception of UEFA, which is represented by 13 teams.

Which teams have qualified for the 2022 World Cup?

CAF: Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon
AFC: Qatar (hosts), Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia
CONCACAF: Canada, Mexico, USA
CONMEBEOL: Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay
OFC: None
UEFA: Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal

Intercontinental playoffs 

June 7 – AFC fourth round playoff
UAE vs Australia

June 13/14
Costa Rica vs New Zealand
UAE/Australia vs Peru


Pots for World Cup draw

Pot 1: Qatar, Brazil, Belgium, 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


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


What is the best and worst case scenario for USMNT in 2022 World Cup group draw?

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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:

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.

  1. Qatar
  2. USMNT
  3. Poland
  4. Ghana

The above is based on FIFA rankings but in our opinion, this group would be the easiest for the USMNT to navigate.

  1. Qatar
  2. USMNT
  3. Poland
  4. Ecuador

Worst case scenario for USMNT

Based on their current FIFA ranking, here is the worst case scenario for the USMNT.

  1. Belgium
  2. USMNT
  3. Iran
  4. Cameroon

The above is based on FIFA rankings but in our opinion, this group would be the toughest for the USMNT to navigate.

  1. Brazil
  2. USMNT
  3. Serbia
  4. 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, analysisProSoccerTalk live show on YouTube + Here on NBCSports.com


Russia bids to host EURO in 2028, 2032; Italy, Turkey, England bid before deadline

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The Russian Football Union didn’t let Russia president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent near-universal fallout stop it from making hopeful plans for the future.

Russia is bidding to host EURO 2028 and EURO 2032 and will compete with Turkey to host both tournaments. Italy is also bidding to host in 2032 while a team bid of England, Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland is in for the 2028 tourney.

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While it may appear comical at best that Russian federation would hope to host, the awarding of hosting rights won’t be done until September of 2023 and plenty could happen in the country and football world before the decision is announced in 18 months.

Still, it’s with a heaping dose of steel that Russia, currently suspended from competing in any tournament and set to miss the 2022 World Cup after being pulled from its playoff, would ask UEFA to make such a strong showing of approval by making such a decision.

FIFA has allowed foreign players to leave Russian clubs due to the attack on Ukraine and suspended all Russian clubs and national teams from international tournaments.

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In other words, Turkey’s got hope of getting one of the two.

The 2020 tournament was hosted by multiple nations and the final was held in England. England also hosted in 1996 but none of the other nations bidding have staged a EURO since Italy in 1980. Russia and Turkey are yet to host a EURO.

Russia just hosted the 2018 World Cup, while Italy held the 1990 World Cup.