In Conmebol it is disputed between October 2020 and March 2022. It delivers four direct seats and a fifth is resolved in a playoff.
Qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at Conmebol will be held between October 8, 2020 and March 29, 2022, in accordance with the provisions for the South American Qualifiers that will define the four direct places and a fifth that must be resolved in a play-off against a selected one from another confederation that will be defined later.
The ten South American associations will repeat the scheme that was established since the 1998 World Cup Qualifiers in France, when they began to play in a single group, with the league system and all against all.
In that way Conmebol’s World Cup qualification fixture has 90 scheduled matches, in a schedule by which each team plays 18 games, nine at home and the remaining nine away.
The first four will have direct access to the World Cup, while the team that is in fifth place will have to settle their classification in a play-off match with a team from another continent that FIFA will determine in due course.
With this qualifying system, Argentina was the only country that was always among those classified directly and together with Brazil had perfect attendance in those six World Cups.
Although the Brazilians did not participate in two editions of the Qualifiers: before France 98, because at that time the world champion had a guaranteed place for the next Cup, and before 2014, since it was the host country.
The playoffs from 2002 onwards starred four times by Uruguay: Before Korea and Japan 2002 (beat Australia), Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 (beat Costa Rica) and Brazil 2014 (eliminated Jordan). And before Russia 2018, Peru beat New Zealand.
Argentina also played a revalidation, before the 1994 World Cup in the United States, when the Conmebol Qualifiers were still played in two groups. Back then, the team led by Alfio Basile qualified for the World Cup after beating Australia.
Another case of repechage occurred before Argentina 1978, with the confrontation of Bolivia and Hungary, which favored the Europeans with an overall result of 8 to 3 (6 to 0 in Budapest and 3 to 2 in La Paz).
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