Report: Europe's biggest nations kept apart for World Cup qualifying draw
The biggest nations in European football will be seeded and therefore kept apart in December's World Cup qualifying draw, according to ESPN's Dale Johnson.
One nation will be pulled from each pot to create a qualification group. There will be five groups of six and five groups of five. Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain will be drawn into the five-team groups to keep the October 2021 international break free for the Nations League finals.
Pot 1: Belgium, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands
Pot 2: Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Wales, Austria, Ukraine, Turkey, Serbia, Slovakia, Romania
Pot 3: Russia, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Czech Republic, Scotland, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Greece
Pot 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Israel, Georgia, Luxembourg
Pot 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Andorra
Pot 6: Moldova, Malta, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, San Marino
The qualification draw will be conducted on Dec. 7 in Zurich before qualifiers begin in March.
The World Cup in Qatar is scheduled to run from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022. Thirteen national teams under UEFA's umbrella will compete in the tournament.