FIFA World Cup Team Stats

2022 FIFA World Cup

Understanding World Cup Team Stats

FIFA World Cup squads get no points for a loss, one point for a draw and three points for a win in the Group Stage. World Cup stats by team are widely available, especially in the World Cup standings and individual game recaps. Some of the most common stats are goals/goals against, points, goal difference, possession and shots. 

Goal difference is one of the most important of the bunch. It’s calculated by subtracting the goals a team allows from the goals it scores. GD comes into play in the World Cup knockout stage race as it’s the initial tiebreaker when two or more teams have the same number of points through three games. 

There’s no shortage of soccer team stats relevant for betting. Teams who keep a lot of clean sheets are typically solid defensively and unders may be more likely as a result. Yellow and red cards should also be tracked for suspension reasons. Check out the latest FIFA World Cup news and betting analysis.

Qatar 2022 - FIFA World Cup Recap & Teams

Teams Not Qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup

It’s notoriously difficult to make the FIFA World Cup. Only 31 of the 206 teams that entered the qualifying rounds will participate in Qatar 2022. Meanwhile, Qatar automatically qualifies as the host nation. The various continental confederations have different procedures for determining the qualified teams. A handful of teams were close to qualifying but were eliminated in continental or intercontinental playoffs.

  • Scotland
    • Scotland won their last six UEFA World Cup qualifiers in Group F to finish in second place. That set up a playoff semifinal match vs. Ukraine which was postponed in the World Cup Schedule from March to June due to the war. Scotland failed to qualify for their first World Cup since 1998 by losing 3-1 at home to Ukraine
  • Ukraine
    • They went undefeated and finished second in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group D. With two wins and six draws, they barely beat out Finland to a playoff spot. With emotions high due to the ongoing conflict, Ukraine defeated Scotland 3-1, setting up a match at Wales. With a World Cup berth on the line, Gareth Bale scored the game’s only goal and Wales knocked out Ukraine.

  • United Arab Emirates
    • The United Arab Emirates have only qualified for the World Cup once, in 1990. UAE managed to finish third in Group A in the third round of AFC World Cup qualifiers. So, they advanced to a continental playoff vs. Australia to determine the team that would advance to the intercontinental playoff. An 84th minute Socceroos goal was the difference as UAE lost 2-1. 

  • New Zealand
    • New Zealand dominated the OFC World Cup qualifying zone. In five matches, the All-Whites scored 18 goals and conceded just one. With a 5-0 win over the Solomon Islands in the OFC final, New Zealand advanced to an intercontinental playoff vs. Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell scored in the first five minutes to send New Zealand packing. It was the third straight time New Zealand lost in an intercontinental playoff.
  • Peru
    • Peru beat out South American rivals Colombia and Chile to fifth in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying standings. As a result, Peru advanced to an intercontinental playoff vs. Australia. La Blanquirroja were favorites to defeat Australia but their match ended in a scoreless draw. In penalties, Australia’s substitute keeper Andrew Redmayne saved a crucial Peru spot kick to send them home.
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