The 2022 World Cup qualifying draw for European nations was held Monday in Zurich, Switzerland, with UEFA's 55 hopefuls learning their respective routes to the tournament in Qatar.
With the continent's perennial contenders all seeded going into Monday's event, the draw was light on heavyweight tilts, but still provided plenty of intriguing matchups across the 10 groups.
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein
Thirteen European nations will feature at the 2022 World Cup.
The 10 group winners will automatically qualify for the tournament.
Meanwhile, the 10 group runners-up will enter the playoffs, along with two teams that won their Nations League groups - if the latter have already reached the playoffs via the traditional qualifying route above, their playoff berths will pass to the next-best Nations League teams. That final group of 12 playoff teams will be evenly drawn into three paths, with the winner of each path booking a place at world football's showpiece event
The European qualifiers - including the playoffs - run from March 2021 to March 2022.
The World Cup itself is slated to begin Nov. 21, 2022, with the final scheduled for Dec. 22 at Lusail Stadium in Doha.
Qatar's intense summer heat facilitated a switch to the winter months, making the tournament the first of its kind not to be held in May, June, or July.