Countries from the continent will go through a three-staged qualifying process for the competition, which has five slots for Africa.
The World Cup in Qatar will be the last tournament to host 32 countries at the FIFA World Cup.
Below is the format for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2022:
2- Group stage: The 14 winning teams of the preliminary round will join the 26 exempted teams in the Group Stage and will be divided into 10 groups of 4 teams. The draw of the groups will be based on the seeding of the 40 teams into 4 levels according to the FIFA ranking. Each group will contain a team of each level.
3- Knock-out stage: The winners of the 10 groups will be divided into 2 levels according to the FIFA ranking. The 5 highest ranked teams will play against the lowest ranked teams (1st leg will be played at home of the lowest ranked teams).