FIFA rankings will play a major role in African teams’ qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which will be the last to be played in 32-team format.
In the format approved by Confederation of African Football, CAF, the 26 highest ranked teams will be exempted from the preliminary round.
The remaining 28, the 14 highest ranked teams will face the 14
Then the 14 winning teams will participate in the group stages alongside the 26 highest ranked teams in the continent. They will be divided into 10 groups of four teams.
Finally, each group leaders will face each other in the knockout stages, where the five highest ranked teams will face the remaining five.