How to watch Scotland draw Israel in the Fifa World Cup 2022 draw

Scotland will find out their qualification group for the 2022 World Cup later today (Monday).

Scotland are in Pot Three for the Fifa World Cup draw. Picture: Getty
Scotland are in Pot Three for the Fifa World Cup draw. Picture: Getty

Less than a month after the national team ended their hoodoo of not qualifying for a tournament by reaching Euro 2020 in dramatic circumstances in Serbia, the road to Qatar begins.

Here is everything you need to know about the draw:

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When is it?

Steve Clarke will be keen to see who Scotland face in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Picture: SNS

The draw takes place at 5pm GMT. With the coronavirus pandemic it is being held virtually from Zurich.

How to watch it?

It can be found on the Fifa and Uefa websites or via YouTube.

Can Scotland draw Israel?

It is a pertinent question after what has felt like 96 meetings between the sides in the last couple of years. Unfortunately the answer is yes, Scotland can be paired with Israel with the countries in different pots.

So, what are the pots?

Pot 1: Belgium, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands

Pot 2: Switzerland, Wales, Poland, Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania

Pot 3: Russia, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece, Finland

Pot 4: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Israel, Belarus, Georgia, Luxembourg

Pot 5: Armenia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Latvia, Andorra

Pot 6: Malta, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, San Marino

How do the groups work?

There will be five groups of five and five groups of six. The ten group winners will qualify.

A further three places are available from the European qualifiers and will be decided by a series of play-offs involving the ten runners-up in the group plus the two best Nations League group winners.

The 12 teams will be split into three paths with a semi-final and final, just like the Nations League play-offs Scotland qualified for Euro 2020 through.

What are the hardest and easiest paths… on paper at least?

Using the Fifa rankings as a guide, as the Scottish FA have done, a group containing the Netherlands, Romania, Luxembourg, Andorra, San Marino would be the least difficult. As for the most difficult, it would see a group consisting of Belgium, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Malta.

When does qualifying begin?

The first set of fixtures begin on March 24, 2021 and run until November 16, 2021.

The play-offs take place in March 2022.