World Cup standings: Qatar 2022 group stage table, fixtures, schedule, tiebreaker as Argentina collapse

The World Cup in Qatar officially kicked off on Sunday November 20 and ends on Saturday December 10. Click here for the full daily match schedule and make sure to print your wall chart. For the first time in the event’s history, the games will take place during the winter months, interrupting the club’s football season schedule. This is the last time we will see this format with 32 teams on the pitch before it expands to 48 in time for 2026 when the United States, Mexico and Canada host.

Speaking of the United States, the Americans made their long-awaited return to the biggest stage in the world after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This is the 11th appearance at the World Cup for a United States team which has reached the World Cup in eight of the last nine editions. Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT finished third out of eight teams in Concacaf’s qualifying group, behind Mexico and Canada.

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The Canadians are making their second appearance at the World Cup and their first since 1986, when the tournament was held in Mexico. They are paired with Belgium, Morocco and Croatia, finalists in 2018. Mexico, meanwhile, has Saudi Arabia, Poland and an Argentine team led by Lionel Messi in what should be his last hurray.

As for the contenders, no team has a shorter chance (courtesy Caesars Sportsbook) of winning it all than Brazil at +360 as Tite seeks the sixth star above the Seleção ridge. Not far behind Brazil in the futures are Argentina (+500), France (+700), Spain (+750), England (+850) and Germany (+1100).

Keep up to date with the schedule, standings and scores here. Before diving into the rankings, it’s worth pointing out how the tiebreaker works. There are seven procedures before we get to the point where we have to draw lots to determine which team(s) will advance. At the last Men’s World Cup, Japan edged out Senegal to reach the knockout stage on FIFA fair play points. It’s not exactly crazy to imagine history repeating itself in Qatar.

World Cup: tie-break procedure in the group stage

  1. Total points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Group stage fair play points
    Yellow card: -1 point
    Indirect red (second yellow): -3 points
    Direct red: -4 points
    Direct yellow and red card: -5 points
  8. Draw

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World Cup group stage standings, table

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Knockout stage schedule

(all US/Eastern times)

Round of 16

Saturday December 3

Group A winners vs. Group B runners-up, 10:00 a.m.
Group C winners vs. Group D runners-up, 2 p.m.

Sunday, December 4
Group D winners vs. Group C runners-up, 10:00 a.m.
Group B winners vs. Group A runners-up, 2 p.m.

Monday, December 5
Group E winners vs. Group F runners-up, 10:00 a.m.
Group G winners vs. Group H runners-up, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6
Group F winners vs. Group E runners-up, 10 a.m.
Group H winners vs. Group G runners-up, 2 p.m.


Friday, December 9
Quarter-final 1, 10 a.m.
Quarter-final 2, 2 p.m.

Saturday December 10
Quarter-final 3, 10 a.m.
Quarter-final 4, 2 p.m.


Tuesday, December 13
Semi-final 1, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14
Semi-final 2, 2 p.m.

Match for third place

Saturday December 17
Semifinal 1 loser vs. Semifinal 2 loser, 10 a.m.


Sunday December 18
Winner of Semi-Final 1 vs. Winner of Semi-Final 2, 10 a.m.

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