Fifa World Cup 2022: Dates, draw, schedule, kick-off times, final for Qatar tournament

From November 21 to December 18, 2022, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar. 32 teams will compete in eight groups, with England facing Iran on the opening day and Wales facing the USA. Watch Wales vs England on November 29th.

When and where will the Fifa World Cup 2022 be held?

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Monday, November 21 at Al Thumama Stadium, when the Senegal team takes on the Netherlands in group A. The hosts, Qatar, will then face Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in the second match of the day.

There will also be an England game on the first day of the tournament. England will face Iran in Group B just eight days after the start of the Premier League season.

The Wales team qualified for the tournament via the play-offs and will face England in Group B on Tuesday, November 29.

There will be a final played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha a week before Christmas on Sunday 18th December.

WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWNS:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Who has qualified so far?

There will be 32 nations at the tournament, but only 30 of them have been decided so far.

Qatar was automatically qualified for next year’s tournament as the tournament’s hosts.

German national football team – four-time World Cup champions – was the first to guarantee qualification by qualifying through the European qualification process. At the same time, Brazil – the most successful team in World Cup history with five trophies – claimed qualification by qualifying through the South American qualification process.

By winning their qualifying group in November, England secured their place in the World Cup.

After winning their play-off finals, Portugal, Poland, and Wales qualified for the finals of the competition.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified teams

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
QatarMexicoSenegalCameroon
BrazilNetherlandsIranCanada
BelgiumDenmarkJapanEcuador
FranceGermanyMoroccoSaudi Arabia
ArgentinaUruguaySerbiaGhana
EnglandSwitzerlandPolandAFC v CONMEBOL winners
SpainUnited StatesSouth KoreaCONCACAF v OFC winners
PortugalCroatiaTunisiaWales

In the final round of qualification, which two countries will qualify?

There will be an intercontinental play-off event taking place in Qatar on the 13th of and 14th of June. The remaining two places will be taken by either Australia or Peru plus Costa Rica or New Zealand.

Intercontinental play-offs:

  • Australia vs Peru
  • Costa Rica vs New Zealand

What is the World Cup group draw?

32 teams will be divided into eight groups of four for the 2022 World Cup:

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
  • Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
  • Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
  • Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
  • Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
  • Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
  • Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

What are the World Cup format and schedule?

The group stage will be played over 12 days, with four matches per day. The winners and runners-up will advance to the knockout stages.

On December 17, instead of the final game of the tournament on the 18th, there will be the third-place play-off game.

Monday, November 21


Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands
(Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10am)
Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: USA vs Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)


Tuesday, November 22


Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
(Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 10am)
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group C: Mexico vs Poland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group D: France vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 7pm)


Wednesday, November 23


Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10am)
Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)


Thursday, November 24


Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)


Friday, November 25


Group B: Wales vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)


Saturday, November 26


Group C: Tunisia vs Australia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)


Sunday, November 27


Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)


Monday, November 28


Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)


Tuesday, November 29


Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group B: Wales vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)
Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)


Wednesday, November 30


Group D: Australia vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group D: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)


Thursday, December 1


Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group E: Costa Rica/New Zealand vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)
Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)


Friday, December 2


Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Round of 16



Saturday December 3


49 – Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
50 – Winners of Group C vs. Runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)


Sunday December 4


52 – Winners of Group D vs. Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3pm)
51 – Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)


Monday December 5


53 – Winners of Group E vs. Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
54 – Winners of Group G vs. Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)


Tuesday December 6


55 – Winners of Group F vs. Runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
56 – Winners of Group H vs. Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Quarter-finals

Friday December 9


58 – Winners of 53 vs. Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
57 – Winners of 49 vs. Winners of 50 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 3pm)


Saturday December 10


60 – Winners of 55 vs. Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3pm)
59 – Winners of 51 vs. Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Semi-finals


Tuesday December 13


61 – Winners of 57 vs. Winners of 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)


Wednesday December 14


62 – Winners of 59 vs. Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)


Saturday December 17


63 – Third place play-off (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)

Final


Sunday, December 18


64 – The World Cup final (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 3 pm)

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When will the matches kick-off?

In order to avoid clashes with local time zones, FIFA has confirmed the first two rounds will take place at 11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm (11am, 12pm, 4pm, 7pm in the UK).


During the final round of group games as well as knockout round matches during the championship, the corresponding kick off times will be 6.00 and 10.00 local time (3.00 and 7.00 UK time).


In the United Kingdom, the final will be played at 3:00pm local time at 6pm local time.

What are the venues?

There will be eight stadiums where the group games will be played: Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium.

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