2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Croatia Opens against Slovenia Away in March

Daniela Rogulj

Slobodan Kadic
Slobodan Kadic

Slobodan Kadic

December 8, 2020 – The schedule for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers is here. Croatia opens against Slovenia in March 2021.

HNS announced that the Croatia national football team will open the qualification cycle for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a visit to Slovenia on March 24, 2021 (20:45).

In March, Croatia will play two more home games, against Cyprus (March 27, 18:00) and Malta (March 30, 20:45).

Croatia’s qualifying cycle for the World Cup in Qatar will continue with three September matches, against Russia (September 1, 20:45) and Slovakia (September 4, 20:45) away, and against Slovenia (September 7, 20:45) at home. Zlatko Dalić’s team will play two matches in October next year, against Cyprus (October 8, 20:45) away, and Slovakia (October 11, 20:45) at home.

In the final part of the qualifications in November 2021, Croatia will play in Malta (November 11, 20:45), and in the last qualification round at home, they will meet Russia (November 14, 15:00).

As a reminder, the ten group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup, and the ten second-placed teams will try to win the same in the playoffs, which will be played from March 24 to 29, 2022.

In addition to the ten runners-up from the group stage, the playoffs will also include the two best national teams in the overall standings of the UEFA Nations League for the 2020/2021 season, which will not directly qualify for the World Cup, nor will they win the playoffs as the second-placed teams in the group. Twelve teams in the playoffs will be divided into three “pots” and will fight for the three remaining European places at the World Cup in March 2022. 

The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, in five Qatari cities (Doha, Lusail, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan).


24.3. 20:45: Slovenia – Croatia

27.3. 18:00: Croatia – Cyprus

30.3. 20:45: Croatia – Malta

1.9. 20:45: Russia – Croatia

4.9. 20:45: Slovakia – Croatia

7.9. 20:45: Croatia – Slovenia

8.10. 20:45: Cyprus – Croatia

11.10. 20:45: Croatia – Slovakia

11.11. 20:45: Malta – Croatia

14.11. 15:00: Croatia – Russia

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