The United States of America (USA) are back on the World Cup scene ahead of the tournament in Qatar after missing out on the last edition in Russia. USA missed out on the last World Cup tournamenton Russian soil after failing to qualify from their Concacaf region.

USA have been able to make-up for the failure to go to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament by qualifying for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. They are one of the three teams who secured their placein Qatar via the Concacaf region. Apart from the USA, Canada and Mexico have also qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. Canada will appear in only their second World Cup appearance after finishing at the summit of the group format employed in the third round of the Concacaf region. Mexico finished second behind Canada, while USA were third thereby taking the third and final automatic spot.

On their return to the World Cup stage ahead of the tournament in Qatar, USA have been drawn alongside Iran, England and one of Ukraine, Scotland or Wales in the European playoffs.

Iran qualified for the World Cup 2022 tournament after finishing first in Group A of the third round in the Asian qualifiers. The Iranians were able to see off South Korea to take top spot in their group. For England, the former world champions also finished first in their qualifying group in the European qualifiers ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil.

The final spot in Group B of the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar will go to one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine. The winner of the playoff semi-final tie of the European section will take on Wales in the playoff final. Wales are through to the playoff final after beating Austria 2-1 in their semi-final tie.