World Cup standings: Qatar 2022 group stage table, schedule, tie-breaks at the start of the Brazilian tournament

The World Cup in Qatar officially started on Sunday November 20th and will end on Saturday December 10th. Click here for the full daily schedule and make sure Print out your wall map. For the first time in the event’s history, the games will take place during the winter months, interrupting the club football season’s schedule. It’s the last we’ll see of this format, with 32 teams in the field before expanding to 48 in time for 2026 when the United States, Mexico and Canada host.

Speaking of USA, the Americans returned to the world’s biggest stage with a draw against Wales after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This is the 11th appearance at a World Championship for a team from the United States, who have reached the World Championship in eight of the last nine editions. Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT finished third out of eight teams in the Concacaf qualifying group behind Mexico and Canada.

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The Canadians are competing at a World Cup for the second time and for the first time since 1986, when the tournament was held in Mexico. They started with a tough defeat against Belgium in a group that includes Morocco and 2018 runners-up Croatia. Mexico, on the other hand, drew Poland into a tricky group where Saudi Arabia has already stunned Argentina.

As for the contenders, early in the tournament no team had less of a chance (courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook) of winning it all than Brazil at +360 as Tite searches for the sixth star above the Seleção crest. Not far behind Brazil in the futures are Argentina (+500), France (+700), Spain (+750), England (+850) and Germany (+1100).

Keep up to date with the schedule, standings and results here. Before we dive into the standings, it’s worth pointing out how the tiebreaker works. There are seven procedures before we get to the point where we have to draw lots to determine which team(s) will advance. At the last men’s World Cup, Japan defeated Senegal to reach the knockout stages thanks to FIFA Fair Play points. It’s not exactly crazy to imagine history repeating itself in Qatar.

WM: Tie-break procedure in the group phase

  1. total score
  2. goal difference
  3. scored goals
  4. Points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Fair play points in the group stage
    · Yellow card: -1 point
    · Indirect red (second yellow): -3 points
    · Direct red: -4 points
    · Yellow card and direct red: -5 points
  8. drawing of lots

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World Cup group stage table

Complete WM bracket

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Knockout Stage Schedule

(All times US/Eastern)

round of 16

Saturday December 3rd

Group A winners vs. Group B runners-up, 10am
Group C winners vs. Group D runners-up, 2:00 p.m

Sunday December 4th
Group D winners vs. Group C runners-up, 10am
Group B winners vs. Group A runners-up, 2pm

Monday, December 5th
Group E winners vs. Group F runners-up, 10am
Group G winners vs. Group H runners-up, 2pm

Tuesday December 6th
Group F winners vs. Group E runners-up, 10am
Group H winners vs. Group G runners-up, 2pm

quarter finals

Friday December 9th
Quarterfinals 1, 10 a.m
Quarterfinals 2, 2 p.m

Saturday December 10th
Quarterfinals 3, 10 a.m
Quarterfinals 4, 2 p.m


Tuesday December 13th
Semifinals 1pm, 2pm

Wednesday December 14th
Semifinals 2, 2 p.m

Match for third place

Saturday December 17th
Loser Semifinal 1 vs. Loser Semifinal 2, 10am


Sunday 18 December
Winner semi-final 1 vs. winner semi-final 2, 10 a.m


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