|Dates||4 September 2019 – March 2022|
|Teams||54 (from 1 confederation)|
|Goals scored||345 (2.33 per match)|
|Attendance||769,510 (5,199 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Islam Slimani
International football competition
The african section of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar, for national teams which are members of the Confederation of African Football ( CAF ). A total of five slots in the final tournament are available for CAF teams. [ 1 ]
format [edit ]
A previous proposal to merge the qualification rounds for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with those for the World Cup was turned down after a CAF meet on 11 June 2018. [ 2 ] CAF reverted to the format used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification rival. [ 3 ]
- First round: 28 teams (ranked 27–54) played home-and-away over two legs. The 14 winners advanced to the second round.
- Second round: 40 teams (ranked 1–26 and 14 first-round winners) were divided into ten groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The ten group winners advanced to the third round.
- Third round: The ten second round group winners play home-and-away over two legs. The five winners qualify for the World Cup.
Entrants [edit ]
All 54 FIFA-affiliated football associations from CAF entered qualification. The FIFA World Rankings of July 2019 were used to determine which nations would compete in the first round. For seeding in the second and third round trace, the most recent FIFA Rankings anterior to those draws will be used. Libya was threatened with exclusion from the qualifiers if it failed to pay debts to their former coach Javier Clemente. however, Libya complied after FIFA gave them a new deadline. [ 4 ] Sierra Leone besides faced possible exclusion from the qualifiers due to the suspension of their football association. [ 5 ] however, the suspension was lifted by the FIFA Council on 3 June 2019. [ 6 ]
agenda [edit ]
Below is the schedule of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, according to the FIFA International Match Calendar. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] After the reschedule of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations concluding tournament from June/July to January/February, the dates of the matchdays 1–2 of the second rung were besides rescheduled. [ 10 ] Because of the interruption of the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule of the second and third gear round was revised again and on 19 August 2020 CAF announced the newfangled dates for the aforesaid rounds. [ 11 ]
|First round||First leg||4–7 September 2019|
|Second leg||8–10 September 2019|
|Second round||Matchday 1||1–3 September 2021[a]|
|Matchday 2||5–7 September 2021[b]|
|Matchday 3||6–9 October 2021[c]|
|Matchday 4||10–12 October 2021[c]|
|Matchday 5||11–13 November 2021[d]|
|Matchday 6||14–16 November 2021[e]|
|Third round||First leg||21–29 March 2022|
- Matchday 1 in the first place scheduled for 23–31 March 2020, late for 5–13 October 2020 .
- Matchday 2 originally scheduled for 1–9 June 2020, late for 9–17 November 2020 .
- Matchday 3 and 4 primitively scheduled for 22–30 March 2021 .
- Matchday 5 in the first place scheduled for 30 August – 7 September 2021 .
- Matchday 6 in the first place scheduled for 4–12 October 2021 .
first round [edit ]
The attract for the foremost round off was held on 29 July 2019 at 12:00 EST ( UTC+2 ), at the CAF headquarter in Cairo, Egypt. [ 12 ] [ 13 ]
second round [edit ]
The draw for the second round was held on 21 January 2020, 19:00 CAT ( UTC+2 ), at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cairo, Egypt. [ 14 ] Group A
|1||Algeria||6||4||2||0||25||4||+21||14||Advance to third round||—||2–2||6–1||8–0|
Rules for classification: source : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers Group B
|1||Tunisia||6||4||1||1||11||2||+9||13||Advance to third round||—||3–0||3–1||3–0|
Rules for classification: reference : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers Group C
Rules for classification: reservoir : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers Group D
|1||Cameroon||6||5||0||1||12||3||+9||15||Advance to third round||—||1–0||3–1||2–0|
Rules for classification: source : FIFA Rules for categorization : Tiebreakers Group E
|1||Mali||6||5||1||0||11||0||+11||16||Advance to third round||—||1–0||5–0||1–0|
Rules for classification: reference : FIFA Rules for categorization : Tiebreakers Group F
|1||Egypt||6||4||2||0||10||4||+6||14||Advance to third round||—||2–1||1–0||1–0|
Rules for classification: source : FIFA Rules for categorization : Tiebreakers Group G
|1||Ghana||6||4||1||1||7||3||+4||13||Advance to third round||—||1–0||1–0||3–1|
Rules for classification: source : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers Group H
|1||Senegal||6||5||1||0||15||4||+11||16||Advance to third round||—||2–0||4–1||2–0|
Rules for classification: reference : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers Group I
|1||Morocco||6||6||0||0||20||1||+19||18||Advance to third round||—||5–0||3–0||2–0|
Rules for classification: source : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers Group J
|1||DR Congo||6||3||2||1||9||3||+6||11||Advance to third round||—||2–0||1–1||2–0|
Rules for classification: reservoir : FIFA Rules for classification : Tiebreakers
third base attack [edit ]
The ten-spot group winners from the second gear polish will be drawn into five home-and-away ties, with the teams seeded based on FIFA World Rankings. The hook will be held on 26 January 2022. [ 15 ] The lower ranked team will play the first peg at home. The winners of each regular will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup .
- Qualified teams
crown goalscorers [edit ]
There have been 345 goals scored in 148 matches, for an average of 2.33 goals per match ( as of 16 November 2021 ). Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition .
7 goals 5 goals 4 goals
Below are wax goalscorer lists for each rung :