Teams are awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw — if a group-stage match ends in a tie, no extra time is played. The final matches in each group are played simultaneously so no team can gain an advantage by knowing what it needs to advance.
How are FIFA World Cup groups determined?
The finals draw, held six months before the tournament in the host nation, determines the groups. Eight teams are seeded (including the hosts, with the other teams selected using a formula based on both the FIFA World Rankings and performances in recent World Cups) and drawn to separate groups.
How many teams go to each World Cup group?
Since France 1998, the World Cup has been an eight-group, 32-team competition with a straightforward knockout bracket following the group stage. World Cup 2022 will continue with that format, but with the 2026 tournament expanding to 48 teams, Qatar may be the last to follow what has become a familiar roadmap.
How many games are in a World Cup group?
Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16. Unlike at Euro 2020, there will be a third-place play-off game on December 17.