Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson helped Wales secure a second-place finish in their World Cup qualifying group.

A win over Denmark on Tuesday ensured a home semi-final for Scotland.

When are the play-offs played?

The play-offs will commence in March between the 24th and the 29th.

This means that Johnson will head off to play for Wales at what could prove to be a critical time of the campaign for Forest.

The draw for the play-offs takes place on Friday 26th November at 4pm.

Wales v Belgium - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
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How do the play-offs work?

There are 12 teams who have qualified for a play-off place. These are made up of 10 teams who finished second in their group; plus two top-ranked teams from the UEFA National League who are yet to qualify.

There will be three groups, each with a one-off semi-final and a final.

Only three of the qualified teams will emerge from the play-offs with a golden ticket to Qatar in 2022.

Who could Wales face?

Joining Wales in the play-offs are Scott McKenna’s Scotland. They defeated Denmark on Monday and that means they’ll be seeded.

Wales – and Scotland – could therefore potentially both win places at the World Cup next summer.

Italy and Portugal are the big-hitters forced to settle for a place in the lottery.

Wales will player either Turkey, Poland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, Austria or the Czech Republic.

Rob Page’s team are seeded and can’t be drawn against Italy, Portugal, Russia, Sweden or Scotland at the semi-final stage.

Wales v Belarus - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
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Qatar World Cup 2022 Key Dates

  1. Championship break
    Club football will pause after matchday 16 during the 2022/23 campaign.
  2. Opening game
    The opening game of the World Cup in 2022 will take place on Monday 21st November.
  3. The Final
    The World Cup final during 2022 will take place on Sunday 18th December.
  4. Championship resumes
    The Championship will get back underway on December 10th after the group stages have finished, with the season finishing on Saturday 6th May.

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