World Cup tiebreakers, advancement scenarios and group standings


As the 32 World Cup teams complete their second round of group stage matches, the progression scenarios will become clear. Two teams from each of the eight groups advance and are then placed in a 16-team group that will determine the participants in the final on December 18.

Here’s how the teams are ranked in the groups, as defined by FIFA World Cup 2022 Regulations:

1. Maximum points from three group matches (each team gets three points for a win and one point for a draw).

2. Goal difference in all group matches.

3. Goals were scored in all group matches.

And if two or more teams are still connected after that? We go to:

1. The maximum number of points scored in group matches between the respective teams.

2. Goal difference from group matches between respective teams.

3. Goals scored in group matches between respective teams.

4. More points scored in relation to fair play (yellow cards = minus-1; indirect red card, resulting in second yellow card = minus-3, direct red card = minus-4, direct yellow and red card = minus-5, with only one of the deductions applied to a player in a single game).

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World Cup schedule, rankings and groups

And if, by some chance, there is still a connection?

Then a lot will be drawn by the Organizing Committee of FIFA.

Here are the standings for each group, and the scenarios for the groups that have completed two games. X- denotes a team committed to development. A y represents a team that took first place in a group. Indicates a Z-team excluded from development.

Group A rankings and scenarios

Netherlands: The group favorite will advance to the knockout stage with a win or draw against Qatar on Tuesday. If both the Netherlands and Ecuador win their final match, the winner of Group A will be determined by tiebreakers, starting with goal difference, where they are currently tied. If the two matches on Tuesday are tied, the match will start with goals scored.

Ecuador: Like the Netherlands, Ecuador will qualify for the knockout stage with a win or draw on Tuesday, when Ecuador will face Senegal.

Senegal: The African champions will advance to the knockout stage with a win against Ecuador. It will be lost. With a draw against Ecuador, Senegal need an unlikely Qatari win against the Netherlands to stand a chance. Senegal can still win the group with a win against Ecuador and a draw or defeat by the Netherlands against Qatar.

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Qatar: The host country cannot advance.

Group B rankings and scenarios

England: The group favorites will advance to the tournament with a win or a draw against Wales on Tuesday. England could still progress with a Wales loss, depending on numbers and other results. England, among other scenarios, will gather with a win, or with a tie and a tie between Iran and America. It’s even possible for England to win the group, depending on other results.

Iran: Iran will advance to the knockout stage on Tuesday with a win against the United States or a draw against the United States and a win or draw against Wales. Iran will win the group by winning and losing against England or against Wales. Iran will be eliminated by losing the United States.

United States: The Americans will advance to the knockout stage with a win against Iran on Tuesday. Against Iran, they would be eliminated with a loss or a draw. They can still win the group with a win against Iran, although that would require England’s defeat to Wales.

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Wales: Wales will be eliminated with a loss or a draw against England. To have a realistic shot, the Welsh need to beat England and the Iran-USA game ends in a draw.

Group C rankings and scenarios

Group D rankings and scenarios

Group E rankings and scenarios

Group F rankings and scenarios

Group G rankings and scenarios

Group H rankings and scenarios

World Cup in Qatar

At the latest: The U.S. is tied 0-0 with England in its second World Cup game on Friday and sets up a must-win group final against Iran. Read the Group B fixtures.

Political protest: Next up in Iran’s World Cup campaign is a nationwide protest movement back home targeting its clerical leadership, and unrest, which is inevitable and ongoing, is spilling over into the field.

Important notes: Where on Tuesday Saudi Arabia was over Argentina, now Brazil over Serbia in 73 minutes. Richarlison’s wonder goal sealed Brazil’s early 2-0 win.

Don’t say: The beautiful game is good. Bags full of money are better. Read Sally Jenkins on the human rights conflict in Qatar.


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