Top teams that are not part of the FIFA World Cup 2022

The FIFA World Cup 2022 is rapidly approaching but there are some big teams missing the World Cup this year. It is without a doubt the most renowned sporting event. Every country desires to participate in and take home the World Cup. For their country, it is the highest honor a football player can receive. However, some significant teams won’t be competing in the upcoming event since they didn’t make it through.

The World Cup Qualifiers are extremely challenging as there are just 32 spots available for the final competition. A team might lose out on the tournament because of a minor error here or there. There are a few significant nations that will not be competing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The following teams have world-class footballers who will not participate in the 2022 World Cup. On that point, here are the top teams that will miss out on the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar:


Italy missed out on a berth after losing to North Macedonia in the 92nd minute of their playoff semifinal match in March 2022. Given their victory at Euro 2020 the previous year and a run of successful performances in the qualifying stages leading up to the tournament, their presence in the playoffs was also unexpected. However, they only managed one victory and four draws in the following five games. After finishing in second place behind Switzerland, they advanced to the playoffs where they were unable to score and were therefore eliminated from the World Cup for the 2nd time in a row.


One of the top teams in the Confederation of African Football is Nigeria. Due to their failure to make the main draw for the very first time since 2006, Nigeria will not be participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Super Eagles, as they are commonly referred to, faced Ghana in the two-legged playoff to qualify for the main draw. But after a 0-0 tie in the first leg and a 1-1 draw in the second, Ghana advanced based on the rule of away goals. The third-highest-ranked nation in Africa is Nigeria, which is currently ranked 30th in the FIFA rankings. Some of the players that will be missing from the World Cup in Qatar are Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman, and Kelechi Iheanacho.


Colombia is the second prominent South American country that didn’t make the 2022 World Cup. In the final standings of the CONMEBOL qualifications, the team also ended outside of the five qualifying spots. With only one point between them and Peru for the last qualification spot, it was a case of so close yet so far for Colombia. In the FIFA men’s global rankings, Colombia is ranked 17th overall and fourth in South America. They reached the last 16 in World Cup 2018 and the quarterfinals in World Cup 2014. Luis Diaz, James Rodriguez, and Juan Cuadrado are among the prominent absentees from the 2022 World Cup.


One of the big European nations that won’t be competing in the major event later this year is Sweden. The team advanced to the playoffs after coming 2nd in their group stage. They defeated the Czech Republic in the previous match, but they dropped the decisive match to Poland 2-0 to miss out on qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The men’s national team of Sweden is now rated 19th in the world and is the 2nd highest-ranked team from Europe to not advance for the World Cup. Some of the nation’s top players, including  Emil Forsberg, Victor Lindelof, and Dejan Kulusevski, will not be competing in the this years World Cup.


One of the most notable absences from the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 is Chile. This is the second time in a row that the country has missed the chance to qualify for the World Cup. Their qualification campaign was extremely disappointing. The 2016 Copa America champions ended five points outside the top five in qualification after winning only 5 of their 18 matches. Chile could only manage a seventh-place finish in the end, missing out on a spot in Qatar for the World Cup. Players like Ben Brereton, Alex Vidal, and Alexis Sanchez will be among the prominent absentees from the World Cup.


Russia is the only nation that has been kicked out of the 2022 World Cup due to political issue. The team was banned from all events by FIFA as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. Russia was among one of the favourites to advance from Europe and improve on their success to the quarter-finals in 2018. Russia first appealed the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but eventually dropped its claim.The team’s World Cup history is divided into two parts. Initially known as the Soviet Union until the 1990 World Cup. Later, Russia qualified for the 3 World Cups until 2014, before hosting the 2018 tournament, which they lost on penalties.


With a 2022 World Cup happening in Middle East, Mohamed Salah leading the squad, and a large expat community in Qatar, Egypt would have been salivating at the thought of advancing for the 2022 World Cup.However, when Egypt drew with Senegal in the World Cup playoff round, Egypts greatest star Salah missed his penalty as well as two other player.In each of the three world cups that Egypt has participated in, they have not advanced past the group stage. Salah’s shoulder issue prevented him from competing at his best potential in the 2018 tournament.

Which country has never participated in the FIFA World Cup?

Given that there are about 200 nations in the world, many have never competed in a World Cup event. The top 5 nations with the most attempts are as follows:

  • Luxembourg National Football Team
  • Finland National Football Team
  • Curaçao/Netherlands Antilles National Football Team
  • Guatemala National Football Team
  • Cyprus National Football Team

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