There are currently 20 nations competing for only 9 spots in the knockout rounds of the 2022 wc. The group stage concludes this week, with only the top two teams from each group advancing. The defending world champions were among the 32 nations that began the competition. France was the first to qualify for the Round of 16 after winning their first two games, followed by Brazil and Portugal. Meanwhile, with one group matchday remaining, Qatar was the first team eliminated, followed by Canada.