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The Socceroos – or rather, a placeholder representing them, UAE and Peru – were drawn out of pot four as part of a lengthy ceremony in Doha, Qatar on Saturday morning.One of those three nations will qualify via the inter-confederation playoffs to be held in June.Watch the world’s best footballers every week with beIN SPORTS on Kayo. LIVE coverage from LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Carabao Cup, EFL & SPFL. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Remarkably it means either Australia or Peru could be in a group with two of the teams they faced at Russia 2018 – France and Denmark.In that tournament the group of four was Australia, Peru, France and Denmark with the latter two qualifiying. Tunisia, the lowest-ranked team from Pot 3, replaces at least one of those former two nations this time.Australia’s first match would be against the reigning champions France.SOCCEROOS WORLD CUP SCHEDULENovember 22/23: France v AustraliaNovember 26/27: Tunisia v AustraliaNovember 30/December 1: Australia v DenmarkTimes TBC, possible slots are 9pm, midnight, 3am and 6am AEDTWorld Cup Qualifiers: There was already an incredible atmosphere as the Canada team bus made it’s way to the ground, and even more so as they confirmed qualification with a 4-0 win.By the time Australia was drawn, it had two options left: the Group D it received, or Group F, where it would have joined Belgium, Morocco and Croatia.Asian rivals Japan were arguably one of the unluckiest countries, joining Group E with Spain, Germany and either Costa Rica or New Zealand.England will be happy with its draw, getting USA, Iran and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine with it in Group B.The opening match of the World Cup will pit Group A’s Qatar against Ecuador, with Senegal and Netherlands fancying their chances of making it out of that quartet.Aussie great Tim Cahill was one of eight legends assisting with the draw.GROUP A1. Qatar2. Ecuador3. Senegal4. NetherlandsGROUP B1. England2. Iran3. USA4. Wales/Scotland/Ukraine (UEFA Playoff winner)GROUP C1. Argentina2. Saudi Arabia3. Mexico4. PolandGROUP D1. France2. Australia/UAE/Peru (IC Playoff 1 winner)3. Denmark4. TunisiaGROUP E1. Spain2. Costa Rica/New Zealand (IC Playoff 2 winner)3. Germany4. JapanGROUP F1. Belgium2. Morocco3. Canada4. CroatiaGROUP G1. Brazil2. Serbia3. Switzerland4. CameroonGROUP H1. Portugal2. Ghana3. Uruguay4. South Korea(Schedule is teams 1 v 2 and 3 v 4, then 1 v 3 and 2 v 4, and finally 1 v 4 and 2 v 3)Football: Poland have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar after beating Sweden 2-0 in Chorzow.There are three spots still to be decided via playoffs in June in Qatar.The first sees the winner of an Asian playoff between the Socceroos and the UAE face the fifth-placed South American team Peru.The second sees New Zealand, Oceania’s representative, face North America’s fourth-place side Costa Rica.And finally, the war in Ukraine delayed the play-offs for the final European spot. Scotland and Ukraine will face off in June, before the winner faces Wales one week later. The winner of that clash qualifies for the tournament.THE PRE-DRAW POTSPot 1: Qatar (hosts), Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, England, Spain, PortugalPot 2: Mexico, United States, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Croatia, UruguayPot 3: Senegal, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Serbia, Poland, South Korea, TunisiaPot 4: Canada, Cameroon, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, (Final European qualifier), (Asia v South America playoff winner), (North America v Oceania playoff winner)Football: Socceroos coach Graham Arnold will see out the World Cup qualifying campaign, according to a statement from Football Australia.The tournament kicks off when hosts Qatar play their opener on the 21st of November at 9pm (AEDT). For most of the group stage, matches will take place at 9pm, midnight, 3am, and 6am every night.For the final group stage matches and the knockouts, matches will take place at 2am and 6am AEDT.The World Cup final is on December 19th at 2am AEDT.Re-live all the action in our live blog below. If you can’t see the blog, click here.

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