Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Dates, Times & All Teams Match Schedule! The FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international men’s football championship played between the senior national teams of FIFA member countries, is set to take place for the 22nd time in 2022. Qatar will host it from November 20 through December 18, 2022. After the event in South Korea and Japan in 2002, this will be the second World Cup wholly held in Asia and the first World Cup ever to be contested in the Arab world. Additionally, the tournament will include 32 teams for the final time; the tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026 will have 48 teams instead.
This FIFA World Cup will be played over a shorter period of time, roughly 29 days, because to the extreme summer heat in Qatar, taking place from late November to mid-December. This will be the first World Cup not to take place in May, June, or July. At Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, the opening game of the tournament will be played between Qatar and Ecuador. The final is scheduled for December 18, 2022, which also happens to be Qatar National Day. France is the current World Cup champion.
The 1954 FIFA World Cup was held in Switzerland, which is more than three times larger than Qatar and only required to host 16 teams instead of the current 32. Qatar is the smallest country to have ever been awarded a FIFA World Cup.
In addition, Qatar became just the second nation (aside from hosts of the first two World Cups Uruguay and Italy) to receive a FIFA World Cup despite never having qualified for an earlier edition. Japan received the co-hosting rights to the 2002 World Cup in 1996 despite never having qualified for the finals, though they later did qualify for the 1998 World Cup.
Selection of Host
National associations had until February 2nd, 2009 to express interest in hosting the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022. The bidding process started in January 2009. There were initially eleven proposals for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, however, Mexico eventually withdrew from the process, while Indonesia’s bid was ultimately turned down by FIFA in February 2010 because the Indonesian Football Association failed to provide a letter of support from the Indonesian government. Prior to Qatar being awarded the 2022 competition, Indonesian officials had not ruled out a bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2026. All non-UEFA countries gradually abandoned their bids for 2018 during the bidding process, ensuring that a UEFA country would host the event and disqualifying UEFA states from competing in the tournament.
In the end, five countries submitted bids to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup: the United States, Australia, Japan, Qatar, and South Korea. On December 2, 2010, the 22 members of the FIFA Executive Committee met in Zürich to cast votes for the two tournament hosts. Due to allegations of vote-rigging, two FIFA executive committee members were banned before the vote. Media pundits criticized the choice to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which has been regarded as having “high operational risk.” Numerous people have criticized it for being linked to the FIFA corruption allegations.
Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Schedule
- Group stage: Nov. 20-Dec. 2
- Round of 16: Dec. 3-6
- Quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
- Semifinals: Dec. 13-14
- Third-place match: Dec. 17
- Final: Dec. 18
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in November and December instead of the traditional June and July dates in order to escape the stifling summer heat in Qatar. Due to the unusual scheduling of the FIFA World Cup, it will take place in the middle of domestic football leagues’ seasons that begin in late July or early August. This includes all of the major European leagues, which were forced to add extra breaks to their domestic schedules to make room for the World Cup. In contrast, domestic leagues like Major League Soccer, whose seasons normally begin in the northern spring and last through the summer, will be able to wrap up before the event.
FIFA announced the fixture schedule for FIFA World Cup 2022 on July 15, 2020. The only group stage game with a site and time set was the opening day match between Qatar and the hosts; it will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 20, 2022. Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, with kickoff times for the first two rounds being 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 and for the final round and knockout round matches being simultaneously at 18:00 and 22:00. The final will be played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on December 18, 2022, and the third-place game will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 17, both at 18:00.
The assignment of group fixtures of the FIFA World Cup for every matchday to a specific venue and kickoff time was only decided to make after the group stage draw and the teams of each particular fixture were known. This is in contrast to previous tournaments in which the match venues and kickoff times for each fixture were set prior to the draw. This is because the locations are so close together, which allowed the organizers to plan the stadium seating for fans and the kickoff times for television viewers. The following stadiums will host the group stage games for each group:
- Stadiums in Groups A, B, E, and F include Al Bayt, Khalifa International, Al Thumama, and Ahmad bin Ali.
- Stadiums in Groups C, D, G, and H include Al Janoub Stadium, Education City Stadium, and Stadium 974.
On 1 April 2022, FIFA announced the group stage location and kickoff timings. FIFA proposed on August 10 to move Qatar’s opening match against Ecuador to November 20, one day earlier than initially scheduled. FIFA formally approved the decision to postpone Qatar’s opening match two days later.