From key dates to kick-off times, here’s all you need to know about this year’s tournament.
When and where is the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar kicks off on Sunday November 21 at the Al Bayt Stadium when the hosts take on Ecuador in Group A.
The tournament was originally set to begin a day later with Senegal’s game against the Netherlands at Al Thumama Stadium but Qatar’s match was moved forward in August to allow them to open their home tournament.
The final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha a week before Christmas on Sunday December 18.
What is the World Cup group draw?
The 2022 World Cup will begin with 32 teams in eight groups of four:
- 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 venues?
The group games will take place across eight stadia: 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.
What is the World Cup format and schedule?
Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.
Unlike at Euro 2020, there will be a third-place play-off game on December 17.
All kick-off times in Beijing, Hong Kong (UTC +8:00)Time Zone
|Match||Date & Time||Group||Venue|
|Qatar vs Ecuador||21-11-2022 00:00||A||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Senegal vs Netherlands||21-11-2022 18:00||A||Al Thumama Stadium|
|England vs Iran||21-11-2022 21:00||B||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|USA vs Wales||22-11-2022 03:00||B||AB Ali Stadium|
|Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||22-11-2022 18:00||C||Lusail Stadium|
|Denmark vs Tunisia||22-11-2022 21:00||D||Edu City Stadium|
|Mexico vs Poland||23-11-2022 00:00||C||Stadium 974|
|France vs Australia||23-11-2022 03:00||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Morocco vs Croatia||23-11-2022 18:00||F||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Germany vs Japan||23-11-2022 21:00||E||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|Spain vs Costa Rica||24-11-2022 00:00||E||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Belgium vs Canada||24-11-2022 03:00||F||AB Ali Stadium|
|Switzerland vs Cameroon||24-11-2022 18:00||G||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Uruguay vs Korea Republic||24-11-2022 21:00||H||Edu City Stadium|
|Portugal vs Ghana||25-11-2022 00:00||H||Stadium 974|
|Brazil vs Serbia||25-11-2022 03:00||G||Lusail Stadium|
|Wales vs Iran||25-11-2022 18:00||B||AB Ali Stadium|
|Qatar vs Senegal||25-11-2022 21:00||A||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Netherlands vs Ecuador||26-11-2022 00:00||A||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|England vs USA||26-11-2022 03:00||B||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Tunisia vs Australia||26-11-2022 18:00||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Poland vs Saudi Arabia||26-11-2022 21:00||C||Edu City Stadium|
|France vs Denmark||27-11-2022 00:00||D||Stadium 974|
|Argentina vs Mexico||27-11-2022 03:00||C||Lusail Stadium|
|Match||Date & Time||Group||Venue|
|Japan vs Costa Rica||27-11-2022 18:00||E||AB Ali Stadium|
|Belgium vs Morocco||27-11-2022 21:00||F||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Croatia vs Canada||28-11-2022 00:00||F||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|Spain vs Germany||28-11-2022 03:00||E||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Cameroon vs Serbia||28-11-2022 18:00||G||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Korea Republic vs Ghana||28-11-2022 21:00||H||Edu City Stadium|
|Brazil vs Switzerland||29-11-2022 00:00||G||Stadium 974|
|Portugal vs Uruguay||29-11-2022 03:00||H||Lusail Stadium|
|Ecuador vs Senegal||29-11-2022 23:00||A||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|Netherlands vs Qatar||29-11-2022 23:00||A||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Wales vs England||30-11-2022 03:00||B||AB Ali Stadium|
|Iran vs USA||30-11-2022 03:00||B||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Australia vs Denmark||30-11-2022 23:00||D||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Tunisia vs France||30-11-2022 23:00||D||Edu City Stadium|
|Poland vs Argentina||01-12-2022 03:00||C||Stadium 974|
|Saudi Arabia vs Mexico||01-12-2022 03:00||C||Lusail Stadium|
|Croatia vs Belgium||01-12-2022 23:00||F||AB Ali Stadium|
|Canada vs Morocco||01-12-2022 23:00||F||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Japan vs Spain||02-12-2022 03:00||E||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|Costa Rica vs Germany||02-12-2022 03:00||E||Al Bayt Stadium|
|Ghana vs Uruguay||02-12-2022 23:00||H||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Korea Republic vs Portugal||02-12-2022 23:00||H||Edu City Stadium|
|Serbia vs Switzerland||03-12-2022 03:00||G||Lusail Stadium|
|Cameroon vs Brazil||03-12-2022 03:00||G||Lusail Stadium|
|Match||Date & Time||Group||Venue|
|1A vs 2B||03-12-2022 23:00||Round of 16||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|1C vs 2D||04-12-2022 03:00||Round of 16||AB Ali Stadium|
|1D vs 2C||04-12-2022 23:00||Round of 16||Al Thumama Stadium|
|1B vs 2A||05-12-2022 03:00||Round of 16||Al Bayt Stadium|
|1E vs 2F||05-12-2022 23:00||Round of 16||Al Janoub Stadium|
|1G vs 2H||06-12-2022 03:00||Round of 16||Stadium 974|
|1F vs 2E||06-12-2022 23:00||Round of 16||Edu City Stadium|
|1H vs 2G||07-12-2022 03:00||Round of 16||Lusail Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||09-12-2022 23:00||Quarterfinal||Edu City Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||10-12-2022 03:00||Quarterfinal||Lusail Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||10-12-2022 23:00||Quarterfinal||Al Thumama Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||11-12-2022 03:00||Quarterfinal||Al Bayt Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||14-12-2022 03:00||Semi Finals||Lusail Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||15-12-2022 03:00||Semi Finals||Al Bayt Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||17-12-2022 23:00||3rd Place||Khalifa Int Stadium|
|TBA vs TBA||18-12-2022 23:00||Finals||Lusail Stadium|
What will happen with the Premier League?
The Premier League has confirmed key dates for the 2022/23 campaign, with the season adjusted to accommodate a World Cup that takes place in the middle of the domestic calendar.
The season will start a week earlier than normal on August 6 2022, with 16 match days taking place up to the weekend of November 12/13, before the tournament kicks off on November 20.
The Premier League will resume on Boxing Day following the World Cup final, which takes place on December 18.
The final match round of the 2022/23 season will be played on May 28 2023.
Key World Cup, Premier League dates
August 6 – Premier League season starts.
November 12-13 – Final round of Premier League matches before the World Cup.
November 20 – World Cup starts.
December 2 – Final set of group-stage matches.
December 3-6 – The round of 16 starts.
December 9-10 – The quarter-finals.
December 10 – The Championship resumes.
December 13-14 – World Cup semi-finals.
December 17 – The Scottish Premiership resumes.
December 18 – World Cup final.
December 26 – The Premier League resumes.
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The countdown has begun and are you ready for World Cup 2022?!