This week sees the hosting of the World Cup Draw and so in this post we explain the expression ‘World Cup Draw’

This week sees the hosting of the World Cup Draw and so in this post we explain the expression ‘World Cup Draw’. You can find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. If you have questions or comments, please email us at:

Football Language: World Cup Draw

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The 2022 FIFA men’s World Cup draw takes place this weekend in Doha in order to determine the groups and the fixtures in the upcoming Qatar World Cup. In recent World Cups (since 1998) there have been 32 teams who have been divided into eight groups of four – before this there were six groups of four (since 1982). The draw does not only tell us which teams will participate in each group but also lays out the route to the final, that is, it explains which teams will face off in the knock-out rounds. In order to carry out the draw, the 32 teams are divided into four pots (or groups of teams) each of which has been based on FIFA rankings, so the stronger teams will be in Pot 1 (along with the hosts), followed by the second set of strongest teams in Pot 2 and so on. Teams are not simply drawn against each other – there are some rules and exemptions such as no two teams from the same continent can meet each other (apart from Europe), while the  World Cup draw also has some sometimes thrown up a group of death – the group that everyone sees as being the most difficult.

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