The qualification process for the Rugby World Cup in France began during the pool stages of the tournament in Japan , at which the top three teams from each of the four pools qualified automatically for the event. A further eight teams will qualify through regional, cross-regional play-offs and the repechage process. Following confirmation of the twelve automatically qualified teams from the Rugby World Cup, World Rugby announced the qualification format for the eight remaining places on 8 June Of the eight berths remaining, six are to be decided in regional tournaments, one by a cross-regional playoff and the last one via repechage. The Americas has been awarded two qualifying berths, decided by several play-off matches across both North America and South America.
Asia's World Cup qualifiers: Everything you need to know
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Apart from Qatar , who qualified automatically as hosts, a total of 4. The qualification process involves four rounds, where the first two rounds double as the qualification for the AFC Asian Cup. Despite qualifying as hosts, Qatar are participating in these two rounds to seek Asian Cup qualification. The qualification structure is as follows: . For seeding in the second round and third round draws, the most recent FIFA Rankings prior to those draws will be used. Due to the joint format of the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, both Qatar as the host nation of the World Cup and China as the host nation of the Asian Cup will also enter the second round of the qualifiers.
2022 World Cup qualifying: Format, schedule, odds
Since , the Asian Cup final tournament is contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the team format that was used from to The qualification process involves four rounds, where the first two rounds double as the FIFA World Cup qualification for Asian teams. Only the first round acted as qualifiers for the cancelled AFC Solidarity Cup as the six teams which are eliminated from the first round of the World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifiers. The four teams which are eliminated from the play-off round of the Asian Cup qualifiers would have qualified for that.
By Michael Church. The United Arab Emirates Football Association announced on Wednesday that their qualifiers against Malaysia and Indonesia — scheduled for March 25 and 30 — would now be played in June on a centralised basis as part of a rescheduling of the competition. With travel restrictions and strict quarantine regulations making travel to many Asian nations difficult, a spokesman for the Asian Football Confederation told Reuters the regional body was still in discussions with the competing member associations. Games involving 40 nations across eight groups in the current round of qualifying had been due to resume in March after matches originally scheduled to be played last year were suspended due to the global health crisis. Asian nations have not played in qualifying for the World Cup since November and teams will now be expected to play four times in June in centralised venues, with one nation from each group hosting matches.