The 2022 FIFA World Cup is going to be held in Qatar. This quadrennial intercontinental men’s competition will start on November 20 and continue till December 18, 2022. Thirty-two teams from 5 confederations will participate in this competition. This is the 22nd edition of the globally popular tournament, and the games will be played at eight venues in 5 host cities across Qatar.
The countries that will participate in this World Cup, along with their current FIFA rankings, are:
1) Qatar (50) (Host)
Qatar is participating in this tournament as the host country. This is the maiden appearance of the country in the world cup.
2) Brazil (1)
Brazil is one of the main contenders to lift this world cup edition, and it has won the cup five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002). They are surely one of the teams to reckon with and have appeared in all 21 editions of the world cup.
3) Belgium (2)
Belgium first took part in the football world cup in 1930. They finished in the 3rd position in the 2018 edition of the cup held in Russia.
4) France (4)
France first participated in the football world cup in 1930. They are two-time champions of the tournament (1998 and 2018). They are indeed a top contender to lift this trophy.
5) Argentina (3)
Argentina took part in this tournament on 17 occasions and lifted the trophy twice, in 1978 and 1986.
6) England (5)
England participated in the FIFA world cup fifteen times, and their best performance was in 1966 as the host country to win the world cup.
7) Spain (6)
Spain took part in the FIFA world cup on fifteen occasions and had their best performance in 2010 when they lifted the cup in the 2010 tournament held in South Africa.
8) Portugal (9)
Portugal National Football team made their maiden appearance in the 1966 world cup. They had their best performance in the same tournament and occupied third place.
9) Mexico (12)
Mexico’s national football team has been a part of this global tournament sixteen times, starting in 1930. They reached the quarter-finals twice, in 1970 and 1986.
10) Netherlands (8)
The Netherlands national football team first became a part of this tournament in 1934 and has appeared on ten occasions since then. Their best performance was as runner-ups in 1974, 1978, and 2010.
11) Denmark (10)
Denmark National Football team took part in the FIFA world cup on five occasions. They debuted in the 1986 Mexico World Cup and reached the quarter-finals in the 1998 version.
12) Germany (11)
Germany has been associated with the FIFA world cup for an extensive term with 19 participations. They first appeared in 1934 and lifted the trophy four times (1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014).
13) Uruguay (13)
Uruguay’s national football team first appeared in the FIFA world cup as the host country in 1930 and since has partaken in the tournament on 13 occasions. They are two-time champions of the trophy (1930 and 1950).
14) Switzerland (16)
Switzerland first appeared in the 1934 version of the world cup and since then made it on 11 occasions. They reached the quarter-finals thrice (in 1934, 1938, and 1954).
15) United States (14)
The United States men’s national soccer team participated in the world cup on ten occasions. Its first appearance was in the 1930 world cup held in Uruguay, and it earned the third position in the same tournament.
16) Croatia (15)
Croatia’s national football team has only participated in this tournament five times. Their debut performance was in France’s 1998 FIFA world cup, and they had their best performance in the 2018 world cup with the runner-up position.
17) Senegal (18)
Senegal’s national football team only featured in the world cup twice. They first played in the Japan-South Korea FIFA world cup in 2002 and had their best performance by reaching the quarter-finals in the same tournament.
18) Iran (23)
Iran’s national football team took part in the tournament on five occasions. They first appeared in the 1978 world cup hosted by Argentina, and their best performance never crossed beyond the first round.
19) Japan (24)
Japan’s national football team participated in the FIFA world cup six times, and the 1998 version was their first opportunity. Their best performance was reaching the pre-quarterfinal phase in the 2002, 2010, and 2018 versions of the cup.
20) Morocco (22)
Morocco’s national football team has been a part of this worldwide tournament on five occasions. 1970 Mexico World Cup saw their debut appearance, and their most notable performance was reaching the pre-quarterfinals in the 1986 Mexico World Cup.
21) Serbia (25)
Serbia’s national football team made its first appearance in the 1930 tournament in Uruguay and has featured itself on 12 occasions. Their best performance was in the 1930 and 1962 versions of the tournament when they secured a fourth place as Yugoslavia.
22) Poland (26)
Poland’s national football team first took part in the contest in 1938. Their best performance in the tournament was attaining the third position twice, in 1974 and 1982.
23) South Korea (28)
South Korean national football team first participated in the tournament in the 1954 FIFA world cup held in Switzerland. This is the eleventh time they are playing in the tournament, and their best performance was in the South Korea-Japan 2002 world cup, where they secured fourth place.
24) Tunisia (30)
Tunisia’s national football team took part in the global contest five times, with their debut in the 1978 world cup. However, their best performance was reaching the group stage in 1978.
25) Cameroon (38)
Cameroon national football team first became a participant in the Espana 82 world cup tournament and is a 7-time participant in the contest. They had their best performance when they reached the quarter-finals of the Italia 90 World Cup.
26) Canada (43)
Canada’s men’s national soccer team first participated in the 1986 Mexico World Cup, and it was their only participation in the tournament where they reached the group stage.
27) Ecuador (44)
Ecuador’s national football team played in the world cup only on three occasions, and 2002 was the first time. Their best performance was in the 2006 world cup, where they reached the pre-quarterfinal stage.
28) Saudi Arabia (53)
Saudi Arabia’s national football team first participated in the contest in 1994. Participating on five occasions, they reached the pre-quarterfinal stage in the same tournament.
29) Ghana (60)
Ghana played in the world cup only thrice, with their debut participation in 2006, and they reached the quarter-finals in 2010.
30) Wales (19)
Wales national football team is participating in the contest after 64 years. They just appeared once in the FIFA 1958 world cup held in Sweden and reached the quarter-finals.
31) Costa Rica (34)
Costa Rica national football team has appeared in the FIFA world cup five times and made their debut appearance in Italia 90 world cup. They reached the quarter-final phase in the 2014 edition of the tournament.
32) Australia (39)
Australian national soccer team first participated in the contest during the 1974 FIFA world cup held in West Germany. It has featured six times in the tournament and reached the pre-quarterfinal phase in 2006 with its best performance.