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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Schedule
Unlike previous FIFA World Cups, which are typically played in June and July, the fifa-world-cup 2022 will be played in November and December to avoid the intense Qatari summer heat. As a result, the World Cup will be unusually staged in the middle of the seasons of domestic football leagues which start in late July or August, including all of the major European leagues, which have been obliged to incorporate extended breaks into their domestic schedules to accommodate the World Cup. Major European competitions have scheduled their respective competitions group matches to be played before the World Cup, in order to avoid playing group matches the following year. In contrast, domestic leagues which typically start their seasons in the northern spring and play through the summer will be able to conclude their seasons before the start of the tournament.
The match schedule was confirmed by FIFA on 15 July 2020.The group stage was set to begin on 21 November, with four matches every day; later, the world cup 2022 schedule was tweaked by moving the Qatar vs Ecuador game to 20 November, after Qatar successfully lobbied FIFA to allow their team to open the tournament.The kick-off times are 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 for the first two rounds of the group stage, and 18:00 and 22:00 for the simultaneous kick-offs of the last round and for knockout stage matches. The third-place match will be played on 17 December 2022 at the Khalifa International Stadium, and the final will be played on 18 December 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, both at 18:00.
Unlike previous tournaments where the match venues and kick-off times for each fixture are set prior to the draw, the assignment of group fixtures for each matchday to a specific venue and kick-off time was only made after the group stage draw and the teams of each specific fixture were known. This was due to the close proximity of the venues, which allowed the organisers to optimise stadium allocation for spectators and kick-off times for television audiences. The only group stage fixture with a venue and time confirmed was Qatar’s first match, then meant to kick off at the Al Bayt Stadium on 21 November at 19:00.
The matches for world cup groups were allocated to the following stadiums:
- Groups A, B, E, F: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
- Groups C, D, G, H: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium
FIFA confirmed the group stage venue and kick-off times on 1 April 2022, following the draw.On 11 August, it was confirmed that Qatar vs Ecuador had been brought forward one day, now becoming the tournament’s opening match, while Senegal vs Netherlands, which would have opened the tournament under the original schedule, had been reallocated to the freed-up timeslot.
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