TODAY IS THE DAY OF THE ENGLAND WORLD CUP DRAW… Here’s who Gareth Southgate’s team may face in the dreaded group of death scenario.
Bazzup Sport answers all of your questions ahead of today’s big event at 5 p.m. UK time, starting with…
What is the mechanism behind it?
The four seeding pots will be determined by the new Fifa world rankings list, which will be used to determine the qualified teams.
In Pot One, England, which is ranked fifth in the world, is joined by hosts Qatar, new world No. 1 Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, Spain, and Portugal.
Isn’t it true, though, that some countries have yet to qualify?
Yes, the draw will take place for the first time without all of the qualified teams being known.
There are three outstanding play-offs: one in Europe (Scotland will face Ukraine for the opportunity to face Wales in Cardiff) and two one-game intercontinental play-offs in June.
Peru will face the winners of the Asian play-off between Australia and the United Arab Emirates, while New Zealand will face Costa Rica.
What effect does this have on the draw?
In Pot Four, there are only five eligible teams, and the three best play-off ties will fill the final three spots in the bottom division.
What exactly are the pots?
Qatar, Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain, and Portugal are in the first pot.
Pot 2: The Netherlands, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, the United States of America, Uruguay, Switzerland, and Croatia.
Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, Korea, and Tunisia are in Pot 3.
Canada, Cameroon, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, and the three play-off winners are in Pot 4.
After then, it’s a free draw?
Fifa intends to divide teams geographically for the group stage, but with 13 European teams and eight groups, it means two Uefa teams will be in five of the eight groups.
Because no other teams can face teams from the same confederation, England’s only option is to play Scotland or Wales if none of the European countries in Pots Two or Three are available.
But, at the draw, we’ll find out who plays who, when, and where.
Another notable departure from the traditional World Cup draw method…
The eight groups and match sequence will be determined by the draw.
However, because all eight stadia in Qatar are separated by only 42 miles from Al Bayt in the north to Al Janoub in the south, the locations for the matches, as well as the kick-off times, will be determined by Fifa following the draw.
So, what’s the deal?
Simply put, Fifa wants to ensure that the games with the most fan appeal are played in the largest venues possible.
If England is drawn against Germany, for example, the match will almost definitely be played at the Lusail Stadium, which has a capacity of 90,000 people.
Depending on which of them is scheduled to be used that day, a game of similar magnitude could possibly be played in the 60,000-seater Al Bayt.
And what about the kick-off times?
In November, Qatar is three hours ahead of the UK, and the goal is to maximize TV viewing with four matches per day in the group stage.
As a result, games involving important European clubs will be scheduled in the evening, most likely at 10 p.m. local time – 7 p.m. at home.
Asian teams, like as Japan, will be assigned to one of the earlier slots because Tokyo is five hours ahead of Doha.
In the United Kingdom, games begin at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.
When will we find out?
When will we find out?
After the draw, Fifa officials plan to work through the night to establish the group phase schedule by Saturday lunchtime.
What is the best-case scenario for the United Kingdom?
Most likely, the United States, South Korea, and Ghana.
Germany, Senegal, and Ecuador are the worst.