The U.S. men’s national team was drawn into Group B along with England, Iran and the winner of the UEFA Playoff between Wales, Scotland and Ukraine, during the World Cup draw held in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

The Americans, who will appear in their 11th World Cup, open group play against either Wales, Scotland or Ukraine on Nov. 21. The USA will then meet England on Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, and finish group play with Iran on Nov. 29.

The full tournament schedule, which includes venues and kickoff times, will be confirmed by FIFA at a later time. Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, FIFA delayed until June the playoff semifinal between Scotland and Ukraine, as well as the final, where the winner will meet Wales.

All World Cup matches will be shown live on FOX Sports and Telemundo broadcast networks.

“We’re excited about our group and we’re looking forward to getting started on our preparations,” U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “I think overall, there are some difficult groups across the board. In our group in particular, we have England, who is a very strong team, and we have two opponents that we need to go deeper on. We don’t really know Iran that well, and then we have the unknown of who wins the UEFA Playoff. We won’t know that until June, but it’s exciting. We’ll be waiting on the edge of our seats to see who advances.”

World Cup groups

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, UEFA Playoff (Wales vs. Scotland/Ukraine winner)
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Intercontinental Playoff 1 (Australia/UAE winner vs. Peru), Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Intercontinental Playoff 2 (Costa Rica vs. New Zealand), Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea Republic

USA’s Group B Schedule

Match 1: UEFA Playoff Winner (Wales/Scotland/Ukraine) vs. USA Nov. 21 (Venue, Time TBD)
Match 2: England vs. USA Nov. 25 (Venue, Time TBD)
Match 3: USA vs. IR Iran Nov. 29 (Venue, Time TBD)

If the USMNT advances out of the group stage, it would face a team from Group A (Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal or Netherlands) on Dec. 3 or Dec. 4

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at