All FIFA Member Associations, of which there are currently 211 FIFA Member Associations, 

were eligible to participate in the Qualification Round. 

Qatar as hosts automatically qualified for the tournament. 

However, Qatar was signed by the AFC to participate in the Asian qualifying stage as 

the first two rounds also doubled as qualification for the AFC Asian Cup 2023. 

Qatar dominated the group and finished fifth. was able to advance to the third round of his AFC instead. 

For the first time since his two tournaments in 1930 and his first in 1934, 

a World Cup will be hosted by a country whose national team has never played the final. 

Reigning world champions France also participated in the Qualifications as usual.