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Who Didn't Qualify For World Cup 2022 (8 Countries)

Natalia Richardson

Updated: Nov 16, 2022 09:57

World cup qualifiers teams pass through a long process. During this process, a major UP Sets occurs. As some major and big teams miss out on the event. Today we will discuss Eight Countries that did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022. So let's start with a list of the countries.

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1. Nigeria

One of the first country that did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022 is Nigeria. Nigeria is one of the strongest teams in the Confederation of African Football (CAF). According to the latest FIFA ranking, Nigeria is at 32nd position.

Strength: Nigerian team is one of the best and strongest teams in The CAF. The team consists of strong and quality players headed by an experienced coach.

Famous Stars: Rashidi Yekini, Nwankwo Kanu, Joseph Yobo, Ahmed Musa, and Victor Osimhen are famous Stars of Nigeria.

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Nigeria could not make its way to the FIFA world cup 2022. Because they were unable to beat Ghana in the qualifying round.

nigeria world cup

2. Chile

The second team on our list who didn't qualify for the world cup 2022 is Chile. Chile is at the 24 position in the FIFA ranking. Chile's team has appeared in 9 World Cups.

Strength: Chile has a very flexible team. The defense is strong enough to protect the opponent from scoring gaol. Besides this Chile has strong attackers and midfielders.

Famous Stars: Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo, Mauricio Isla

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Chile could not get 5th position in the qualifying match. While Playing a qualifying match with Ecuador, Chile appealed to the FIFA Governing body about the Ecuador player Byron Castillo. That the player does not belong to Ecuador. FIFA's governing body rejected Chile's Appeal and let Ecuador participate in FIFA World Cup 2022.

3. Colombia

Columbia is the next notable country from south America that did not qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022. Columbia is at 17th in the FIFA ranking.

Strength: Columbia team is perfect at every stage. They have the perfect players for each spot. The forwarder, defenders, and goalkeepers are perfect.

Famous Stars:  Cristian Zapata, Johan Mojica, Carlos Bacca, Falcao and David Ospina

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Columbia got the sixth position in the CONMEBOL Qualifying Standings.  Whereas four teams go directly to the world cup while the 5th team has to go through the Playoffs.

colombia world cup

4. Sweden

Sweden is at 19th position in the FIFA world ranking. It is one of the major European teams that could not make its way to the FIFA World Cup 2022

Strength: One of the greatest strengths of Sweden is its coach Peter Gerhardsson. The team is attacking and can protect themselves from the opponent attackers by using their defenders.

Famous Stars: Fridolina Rolfo, Emil Forsberg, Victor Lindelof and Dejan Kulusevski

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Sweden lost to Poland in the Qualifying match. And hence they were unable to qualify for the world cup.

5. Italy

World No 6 in the FIFA Ranking and four-time winner of the FIFA World Cup, Italy was unable to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2022.

Strength: Italy was one of the strongest teams in the Euro 20. Italy has one of the supreme midfield. The defense is up to the mark.

Famous Stars:Ciro Immobile, Nico Barella, Lorenzo Insigne, Jorginho, Andrea Belotti, Matteo Pessina, and Manuel Locatelli

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Italy lost to north Macedonia in the Playoff Semi-final match.

italy world cup

6. Russia

Russia was the host of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While the ranking was 35th before FIFA banned it.

Strength: Russia reached the quarter-final of the 2018 FIFA WC. The reason is a great team combination.

Famous Stars: Daler Kuzyayev, Mogamed Ozdoyev, roman Zobnin, Anton Shunin

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Russian expulsion from the World cup is political. FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian membership due to the Ukraine invasion. And hence Poland was given a chance to play bye match with Sweden

7. Egypt

Egypt is one of the strongest teams of the CAF. The world ranking of Egypt is 40.

Strength: Mohamed Salah a star player is the strength of the team. Besides this, the better team combination and young players are considered as a team strength.

Famous Stars:  Mohamed Salah, Al-Ahly No. 1, AbouGabal, Tarek Hammed, Abdul Al Fotouh

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: The qualifying match with Senegal ended with a draw and hence Egypt missed out world cup.

8. Algeria

Algeria could not make it spot in the final list of world cup qualifiers. The dramatic win of Cameroon kicked off Algeria for the world cup qualifiers. When Karl Toko Ekambi scored goal seconds before the final whistle.

Strength: Algeria reached round 16 of the FIFA world cup 14. The current ranking of Algeria is 37.

Famous Stars: Nabil Bentalib, Riyad Mahrez, Mehdi Tehrat, Yacine Brahimi.

Reasons for not being selected for the World Cup: Algeria lost to Cameroon in the playoff match.

algeria world cup

FAQs about World Cup Qualifiers

Is Italy out of the world cup 2022?

Yes. Italy is now officially out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. It was one of the big upsets. When Italy lost to north Macedonia in the Playoff Semi-final match.

Is Serbia still in World Cup 2022?

Yes, Serbia is in the world cup qualifiers team and is placed in the FIFA World Cup Group G. Other teams in Group g with Serbia are Brazil, Cameroon, and Switzerland.

Can Portugal go to the World Cup 2022?

Yes. Portugal will be part of the world Cup 2022 in Qatar and is placed in Group H. Other Countries of Group H are South Korea, Uruguay, and Ghana.

When are the next 2022 World Cup games?

FIFA World Cup 2022 is going to be held in November and December 2022 in Qatar. Eight stadiums are ready to host thirty-two nations across the world during this event.


In this article, we briefly discussed teams who didn't qualify for the world cup 2022. There is a long list of world cup qualifiers, However, we have included eight major teams who didn't qualify for world cup 2022. This includes major teams like Italy, Columbia, Sweden, Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Russia, and Chile.

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