The European qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup will be drawn at FIFA headquarters on December 7, FIFA said on Thursday.

A gala ceremony with coaches of the 55 national teams had been set to be held in November until the coronavirus pandemic ruled out that plan.

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“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, the ceremony will be held as a virtual event without the presence of member associations’ representatives,” said FIFA, which will broadcast and live-stream the draw from 6 p.m. local time (9:30pm IST).

Seedings for the draw are based on the FIFA world rankings published on November 26. Currently, the top-seeded teams would be the traditionally strongest nations plus Denmark. Switzerland and Poland are just outside the top 10.

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