National coach Hansi Flick is threatened with a difficult lot for the 2022 World Cup with the German national team despite the direct qualification.Although the DFB selection booked the ticket for the finals in 13 months ahead of time with the clear 4-0 on Monday evening in Skopje against North Macedonia as the group first Qatar. At the draw in April 2022, however, the four-time world champion will probably not be included in the pot of the best teams according to the current status.
As the German press agency learned from FIFA circles, the world association plans to use its world rankings again as an essential criterion for the formation of the lottery pots. Accordingly, next to hosts Qatar, the top seven teams would be in the first pot.
These ranks are currently occupied by Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina and Portugal. Germany is clearly in 14th position and would face one of the eight group heads at the tournament from November 21 to December 18, 2022.
The other three lottery pots were formed in the past either according to regional criteria or, as before the 2018 tournament in Russia, also according to the world rankings. In this case, Germany would probably be in Pot 2.
It is still unclear which edition of the world rankings should be decisive for the draw. Usually, the November rankings were decisive for World Cup tournaments. However, due to the winter tournament in Qatar, the draw is not planned for the end of the year, as usual, but for next April. Should the March rankings then be decisive, teams from South America, Africa and the European playoff participants might have an advantage because they could still collect points in compulsory games in spring 2022.
After qualifying for the World Cup on November 11th against Liechtenstein in Wolfsburg and three days later in Armenia in March 2022, Germany will only play two test games, which usually bring fewer world ranking points.