The FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar will hold its 22nd edition in November and December of 2022, breaking with long-standing convention to hold the tournament in June and July to correspond with the European club offseason. Due to Qatar’s host country’s high heat, the competition was finally moved.
The competition will be the second World Cup hosted in the Asian Football Confederation following the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan, making it the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.
winners five times in a row. Brazil is the tournament favorite, with France, the defending World Cup champion, not far behind.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar will begin on June 14, 2022, and The Sporting News will provide you with all the pertinent information.
On Sunday, November 20, host nation Qatar will officially start off the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The competition was originally scheduled to start on Monday, November 21, but FIFA modified the date to make sure the host country received the attention it deserves.
World Cup 2022 opening game
The opening match of the tournament will take place on November 20 at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET/ 4 p.m. GMT) in Al Bayt Stadium between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.
It is customary for the host nation to participate in the tournament’s first game. And when the calendar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was announced back in April, there were questions since it did not feature the customary opener game involving the host nation Qatar. Instead, according to the schedule at the time, Qatar was scheduled to play the second of four games on Monday, November 21, after Senegal vs. the Netherlands.
The Games Schedule
The first matches of the group stage are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. GMT), with subsequent matches beginning at staggered intervals throughout the day. The group stage will have three more kickoff windows, with the last one beginning at 10 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. GMT).
The group stage will consist of up to four matches each day.
There will only be two main kickoff windows per matchday during the knockout stage. Either 6 p.m. local time or 10 p.m. local time will be the game start time for the knockout rounds.