2020 qualifying campaigns as they stand right now
Currently, the AFC is conducting the second round of its qualification campaign. Syria, Australia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Japan, Vietnam and Turkmenistan are the current group leaders, although that could change as half the matches are yet to be played.
CAF, too, is in the midst of the second round. Its group leaders are Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and DR Congo.
CONCACAF’s qualification campaign, however, is still only in its first round, with Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Saint Kitts and Nevis being the holders of top spots in their respective groups.
CONMEBOL has a different format. Its 10 countries are all lumped in a single group. As of right now, Brazil sit at the top, Argentina are second, while Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay round up the top five.
OFC is the only body that has so far failed to start their qualification campaign. They’ve cited Covid-19 as the reason of the delay. They now intend to hold the matches in early 2022.
Lastly, there is UEFA – the continental body with the biggest stake. The European qualifiers are currently in their first round, with Portugal leading in Group A, Spain in Group B, Italy in Group C, France in Group D, Belgium in Group E, Denmark in Group F, Turkey in Group G, Croatia in Group H, England in Group I, and Armenia in Group J. Again, these rankings could look a lot different by the end of first round when all teams have played other members of their respective groups twice.
Whoever tops the group, will go straight to World Cup 2022. The second-placed sides will advance to the second round where they will be paired with the best two Nations League group winners that did not finish among the top two of their qualifying group.