UEFA initial draw to be held in Zurich on 7 December at 18:00 CET. The event will be streamed live on FIFA.com and FIFA on YouTube 13 out of 55 UEFA member associations to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022.
As per reports, the teams drawn will be owed to a group in alphabetical order, from Group A to Group J (i.e. the first team drawn will be allocated to Group A, the second team to Group B and so forth).
When a draw limitations applies or is anticipated to apply, the team drawn will be allocated to the first available group in alphabetical order as specified by the draw limitations programme.
As Pot 6 will only contain five teams, these teams will be drawn into the sixth position in groups F to J.
All teams within a group will play each other twice in a home-and-away format between March and November 2021.
The ten group winners will qualify straight for Qatar 2022, with the ten runners-up proceeding to the play-offs.
Also the ten runners-up from the group stage, the play-offs will also include the two best group winners from the UEFA Nations League 2020-2021 overall ranking that did not qualify directly for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and did not enter the play-offs as runners-up.
The 12 teams will be split into three play-off paths, which will feature single-leg knockout matches in March 2022 to control the last three European nations to book a place in Qatar.