As we edge ever closer to the historic 2022 World Cup, more and more teams are closing in on qualification for the tournament in Qatar.
A number of teams still find themselves with work to do however, and between now and the end of qualifying, there will be a number of twists and turns on the road to the Middle East.
Here's the state of play around the world as teams eye up a place in the finals.
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Africa - CAF

The second round group stage of qualifying is complete. The winners of the ten four-team groups now progress into the final round of playoffs - resulting in five teams making it to Qatar.
The ten teams have been divided into two pots for the deciding two-legged matches in March.
Qualified teams Pot 1: Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
Qualified teams Pot 2: Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Congo DR, Mali
CAF remaining fixtures / past results

Nigerian attacker Victor Osimhen (R) celebrate a goal with his teammates during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between Nigeria and Lesotho at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos

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Asia - AFC

The Asian qualifying campaign is its third round. From the 46 who originally began the process, the teams have been whittled down to two groups of six.
The top two teams from each group advance to the finals to join Qatar who qualify automatically as hosts and the two third place teams then face off in a playoff of which the winner then faces the inter-confederation playoff against a team from CONCACAF, CONMEBOL or OFC.
After six matches played, Iran and South Korea are the runaway leaders in Group A on 16 and 14 points respectively, both requiring just one win from their remaining four matches to join Qatar at the tournament. UAE, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria all remain in the hunt for third.
In Group B, Saudi Arabia head the table on 16 points and are also one win from qualification. Behind them are Japan on 12 points, Australia (11), Oman (7) and China (5) who are all vying for second place. Propping up the table on zero points are Vietnam who can now only finish as high as a third place playoff spot.
AFC remaining fixtures / past results

South America - CONMEBOL

Ten teams face off in a single group with the top four teams advancing to the finals and fifth place entering the inter-confederation playoff against a team from CONCACAF, AFC or OFC.
Brazil’s 35 points at the top of the table means they continue their perfect record of qualifying for every finals since the first tournament in 1930.

Raphinha of Brazil celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal of his team during a match between Brazil and Uruguay as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Arena Amazonia

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Arch rivals Argentina will also joint them in Qatar following a draw between the two sides which sealed their place.
Ecuador are currently third on 23 points, six points ahead of Colombia and Peru, with the former sitting in fourth place on goal difference and the latter occupying the playoff spot
Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Venezuela all remain in the hunt.
Fixtures run all the way until March.
CONMEBOL remaining fixtures / past results

North America - CONCACAF

The third round group consists of eight teams with the top three qualifying for the World Cup and the fourth place team going into the inter-confederation playoff against a team from AFC, CONMEBOL or OFC.
Canada have leapt to the top of the table on 16 points, one ahead of USA, with Mexico and Panama making up the top four a further point behind on 14.
With six matches left to play, Costa Rica, Jamaica, El Salvador and Honduras can still shake things up before the completion of fixtures.
CONCACAF remaining fixtures / past results

Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States dribbles during a game between Honduras and USMNT at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano on September 8, 2021 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

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Oceania - OFC

The 11 OFC teams are yet to begin their qualification campaign due to ongoing delays related to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is currently unclear what the time-frame of structure of what the process will be and is yet to be announced by FIFA.
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