World Cup 2022 live standings and team rankings

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How do World Cup group standings work?

Each group at the 2022 World Cup ranks the four teams in a league table, which lists each team’s record over the course of the group stage. World Cup group tables normally include the following columns:

  • Pld: Games played

  • W: Games won

  • D: Games drawn (tied)

  • L: Games lost

  • GF/GS: Goals for/scored

  • GA/GC: Goals against/conceded

  • GD: Goal difference

  • Pts: Points

Teams at the World Cup get three points for every game they win during the group stage, one point for every draw (or tie), and none for a defeat. Teams are ranked according to the number of points they have won, with group winners and runners-up from each group (16 teams in total) qualifying for knockout stages.

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World Cup 2022 group tiebreakers

If two or more teams have the same number of points at the end of the group stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order to determine the final standings:

  1. Goal difference (goals for/scored minus goals against/conceded)

  2. Goals for/scored

  3. Head-to-head points between tied teams

  4. Head-to-head goal difference between tied teams

  5. Head-to-head goals scored between tied teams

  6. Fair play points, with the team with the best record finishing highest. Teams get -1 point for every yellow card they receive during the group stage, -3 points for a red card as a result of two yellow cards, -4 points for a straight red card, and -5 points for a yellow card followed by a straight red card.

  7. Drawing of lots

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