A total of 210 teams set out on the road to Qatar for the 22ⁿᵈ edition of the FIFA World Cup. Of the 32 to qualify, only one will lift the trophy, which has been won by just eight countries since the first tournament in 1930.
The European qualifying round concluded in November, with the ten group winners all booking their tickets to Qatar. Earlier in November, Brazil and Argentina became the first teams from South America to qualify. For the former, it will be their 22ⁿᵈ straight participation in the finals.
As 2021 drew to a close, 13 teams were therefore confirmed for Qatar 2022 (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar (hosts), Serbia, Spain and Switzerland), with 766 qualifying matches played and 2,200 goals scored.