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

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:


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?!