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2022 World Cup: How qualifying works around the world

Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup begins on June 6, 2019, when minor nations from the Asian confederation play their first round of matches.

For the 2018 World Cup, FIFA held a gala for the preliminary round draw of all confederations. However, this will not happen for the 2022 tournament. 

A FIFA spoksperson told ESPN: "Given the fact that the FIFA World Cup 2022 will take place in November-December and that each confederation plans a different timeline for their qualifiers to the tournament,...

FIFA scraps plans for 48-team World Cup in 2022

Bruce Arena says the USMNT's World Cup qualifying failure in 2017 did not factor into his decision to take the head-coaching job with New England.

FIFA has given up on its efforts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, football's world governing body announced on Wednesday.

"In line with the conclusions of the feasibility study approved by the FIFA Council at its last meeting, FIFA and Qatar have jointly explored all possibilities to increase the number of participant teams from 32 to 48 teams by involving neighbouring countries at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022," a FIFA statement read on Thursday.

"Following a thorough and comprehensive...

1990: When Cameroon rocked the world

As Roger Milla and Francois Omam-Biyik -- two of the architects of Cameroon's finest footballing hour -- each celebrate their birthday this week, ESPN's Ed Dove remembers the Indomitable Lions of 1990 and their unforgettable World Cup exploits.

To date, no side has eclipsed the Central Africans' performance in Italy, where they reached the quarterfinals and stood within seven minutes of the final four.

Their adventure ended in Naples, at the hands of England, who battled back from two goals down...

Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansion

Qatar inaugurated the first of seven new 2022 World Cup stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state's borders to accommodate a larger format.

Fans packed into the Al Janoub stadium, a 40,000 seat venue made to resemble the sail of a dhow, or traditional wooden sailboat, to cheer on Qatari teams playing in the final of the Emir Cup, a local tournament for the country's club sides.

The...

Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants Qatar to have a co-host and will present an expansion proposal at June's congress in Paris.

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...