The official schedule for the FIFA World Cup 2022 has been released, with host Qatar kicking off the massive game in Al Bayt Stadium.
16 July 2020| Last updated on 16 July 2020
FIFA World Cup 2022 Schdule: FIFA World Cup is set to begin from November 21, 2022, and will feature 32 teams.
Football across the world now have official dates and timings to add to their calendar. FIFA World Cup 2022 promises an exciting schedule that will start in host country Qatar's 60,000-seater arena, the Al Bayt Stadium, on November 21, 2022.
The month-long event will see 32 nations from around the globe taking each other on in the sport's largest tournament. In an effort to provide all teams with optimal rest between their matches, the group stage will last 12 days with four matches each day.
Thanks to the 2022 game's compact nature, teams will require no air travel to move between venues, allowing organisers to optimise specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, the football players, and the media.
The highly anticipated football tournament will run through to December 18 - here is the match schedule and kick-off timings in full.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Match Schedule
Pictured: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ match schedule (www.qatar2022.qa)
The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for:
Simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage will take place at 18:00 and 22:00.
Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on 17 December.
The final will kick off one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000-capacity arena.
All timings mentioned follows Arabia Standard Time (AST).
Group Stage Kick-off Times
Pictured: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Group stage kick-off times (www.qatar2022.qa)
Qatar’s unique footprint allows later assignment of group matches for the benefit and comfort of fans. This will be achieved through the assignment of the group fixtures for each matchday to a stadium and kick-off time only after the final draw, currently planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.
Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kick-off time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation.
That additional flexibility is possible without affecting any technical aspects since all stadiums are located within a compact radius and the climate is perfect at that time of year in Qatar, whether it is an early or a late kick-off. On top of that, this will potentially give fans the opportunity to attend more than one match a day during the group stage.
Where to buy FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets
Ticket sales for the general public will be conducted solely via https://www.fifa.com/tickets/
You will find details on the tournament timeline, phases, categories and prices
Hotels near the tournment
For the FIFA World Cup fans who are eager to book their stay for Qatar 2022 and witness all the epic action, hospitality sales are scheduled to start later this year.
COVID-19 health and safety for FIFA 2022
Detailed and up-to-date information about the FIFA World Cup qualifiers for each confederation is available on the official FIFA website.
Any news related to FIFA and the COVID-19 pandemic can also be found on the site.