The Sporting News kept track of all the action throughout the 29 days of the biggest tournament in the world.
We also created a downloadable bracket — or a wallchart, as it’s known in some parts — for various regions of the world. Further below you’ll find the links to printable PDF versions.
This URL featured the updated bracket as the tournament progressed through the knockout stages. The final version of the bracket follows below.
World Cup bracket 2022: Knockout stage
The bracket portion of the World Cup tournament started with the Round of 16 and then moved on to the quarterfinals (December 9-10), before the semifinals took centerstage (December 13-14).
A total of 16 teams advanced to the knockouts from the group stage — only the top two teams from each group — and where they fell in the bracket was predetermined in advance.
Here’s a final look at the 2022 knockout bracket with Argentina crowned as champion.
Round of 16
|Sat, Dec. 3||Netherlands 3, USA 1||Highlights|
|Sat, Dec. 3||Argentina 2, Australia 1||Highlights|
|Sun, Dec. 4||France 3, Poland 1||Highlights|
|Sun, Dec. 4||England 3, Senegal 0||Highlights|
|Mon, Dec. 5||Japan 1, Croatia 1
(Croatia adv. 3-1 pens)
|Mon, Dec. 5||Brazil 4, South Korea 1||Highlights|
|Tue, Dec. 6||Morocco 0, Spain 0
(Morocco adv. 3-0 pens)
|Tue, Dec. 6||Portugal 6, Switzerland 1||Highlights|
|Fri, Dec. 9||Croatia 1, Brazil 1
(Croatia adv. 4-2 pens)
|Fri, Dec. 9||Netherlands 2, Argentina 2
(Argentina adv. 4-3 pens)
|Sat, Dec. 10||Morocco 1, Portugal 0||Highlights|
|Sat, Dec. 10||England 1, France 2||Highlights|
|Tue, Dec. 13||Argentina 3, Croatia 0||Highlights|
|Wed, Dec. 14||France 2, Morocco 0||Highlights|
|Sat, Dec. 17||Croatia 2, Morocco 1||Highlights|
|Sun, Dec. 18||Argentina 3, France 3
(Argentina win 4-2 on pens)
The slots in the knockout round were filled out based on where teams finished in their respective group. Here's how each of the groups shook out after group play wrapped up between Nov. 29-Dec. 2 with only the top two advancing (A1 and A2, B1 and B2, etc.).
|Group A:||A1: Netherlands||A2: Senegal||A3: Ecuador||A4: Qatar|
|Group B:||B1: England||B2: USA||B3: Iran||B4: Wales|
|Group C:||C1: Argentina||C2: Poland||C3: Mexico||C4: Saudi Arabia|
|Group D:||D1: France||D2: Australia||D3: Tunisia||D4: Denmark|
|Group E:||E1: Japan||E2: Spain||E3: Germany||E4: Costa Rica|
|Group F:||F1: Morocco||F2: Croatia||F3: Belgium||F4: Canada|
|Group G:||G1: Brazil||G2: Switzerland||G3: Cameroon||G4: Serbia|
|Group H:||H1: Portugal||H2: S. Korea||H3: Uruguay||H4: Ghana|
Downloadable World Cup bracket 2022
Here’s the list of printable brackets that were made available for the following regions and time zones: