The 2022 World Cup schedule

Organized for the first time in winter, the 2022 World Cup is bound to be special, especially in terms of programming. To not miss anything of the 64 matches of the competition, here is the calendar of the 2022 World Cup.

World Cup 2022, Qatar Stadium, Lusail Stadium

The 2022 World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20 with the game between host country Qatar and Ecuador at Al-Bayt Stadium. The final will take place on Sunday, December 18, at the Lusail stadium.

2022 World Cup squads

The 32 selections qualified for the 2022 World Cup have been divided into 8 groups, each composed of 4 teams, as follows:

  • 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

Group stage schedule

All times in this calendar are in French time (GMT+2).

Sunday, November 20:

5 p.m., Qatar – Ecuador (Group A, Matchday 1)

Monday, November 21:

2 p.m.,England – Iran (Group B, Matchday 1)
5 p.m., Senegal – Netherlands (Group A, Matchday 1)
8 p.m., United States – Wales (Group B, Matchday 1)

Tuesday, November 22:
11am, Argentina – Saudi Arabia (Group C, Matchday 1)
2 p.m., Denmark – Tunisia (Group D, Matchday 1)
5 p.m., Mexico – Poland (Group C, Matchday 1)
8 p.m., France – Australia (Group D, Matchday 1)

Wednesday, November 23:
11am, Morocco – Croatia (Group F, Matchday 1)
2 p.m., Germany – Japan (Group E, Matchday 1)
5 p.m., Spain – Costa Rica (Group E, Matchday 1)
8 p.m., Belgium – Canada (Group F, Matchday 1)

Thursday, November 24:
11am, Switzerland – Cameroon (Group G, Matchday 1)
2 p.m., Uruguay – South Korea (Group H, Matchday 1)
5 p.m., Portugal–Ghana (Group H, Matchday 1)
8 p.m., Brazil – Serbia (Group G, Matchday 1)

Friday, November 25:
11am, Wales – Iran (Group B, Matchday 2)
2 p.m., Qatar – Senegal (Group A, Matchday 2)
5 p.m., Netherlands – Ecuador (Group A, Matchday 2)
8 p.m., England – United States (Group B, Matchday 2)

Saturday November 26:
11am, Tunisia – Australia (Group D, Matchday 2)
2 p.m., Poland – Saudi Arabia (Group C, Matchday 2)
5 p.m., France – Denmark (Group D, Matchday 2)
8 p.m., Argentina – Mexico (Group C, Matchday 2)

Sunday, November 27:
11am, Japan – Costa Rica (Group E, Matchday 2)
2 p.m., Belgium – Morocco (Group F, Matchday 2)
5 p.m., Croatia – Canada (Group F, Matchday 2)
8 p.m., Spain – Germany (Group E, Matchday 2)

Monday, November 28:
11am, Cameroon – Serbia (Group G, Matchday 2)
2 p.m., South Korea – Ghana (Group H, Matchday 2)
5 p.m., Brazil – Switzerland (Group G, Matchday 2)
8 p.m., Portugal–Uruguay (Group H, Matchday 2)

Tuesday, November 29:
4 p.m., Netherlands – Qatar (Group A, Matchday 3)
4 p.m., Ecuador – Senegal (Group A, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Wales – England (Group B, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Iran – United States (Group B, Matchday 3)

Wednesday, November 30:
4 p.m., Tunisia – France (Group C, Matchday 3)
4 p.m., Australia – Denmark (Group C, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Poland – Argentina (Group D, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Saudi Arabia – Mexico (Group D, Matchday 3)

Thursday, December 1:
4 p.m., Canada – Morocco (Group F, Matchday 3)
4 p.m., Croatia – Belgium (Group F, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Japan – Spain (Group E, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Costa Rica – Germany (Group E, Matchday 3)

Friday, December 2:
4 p.m., Ghana–Uruguay (Group H, Matchday 3):
4 p.m., South Korea – Portugal (Group H, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Cameroon – Brazil (Group G, Matchday 3)
8 p.m., Serbia – Switzerland (Group G, Matchday 3)

round of 16

Saturday, December 3:
Eighth 1: 1st Group A – 2nd Group B : 4 p.m.
Eighth 2: 1st Group C – 2nd Group D : 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 4:
Eighth 3: 1st Group D – 2nd Group C : 4 p.m.
Eighth 4: 1st Group B – 2nd Group A : 8 p.m.

Monday, December 5:
Eighth 5: 1st Group E – 2nd Group F : 4 p.m.
Eighth 6: 1st Group G – 2nd Group H : 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6:
Eighth 7: 1st Group F – 2nd Group E : 4 p.m.
Eighth 8: 1st Group H – 2nd Group G : 8 p.m.

Quarter-finals

Friday, December 9:
Quarter 1: Winner Eighth 5 – Winner Eighth 6 : 4 p.m.
Quarter 2: Winner Eighth 1 – Winner Eighth 2 : 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 10:
Quarter 3: Winner Eighth 7 – Winner Eighth 8 : 4 p.m.
Quarter 4: Winner Eighth 3 – Winner Eighth 4 : 8 p.m.

Semi-finals

Tuesday, December 13:
Half 1: Winner Quarter 1 – Winner Quarter 2 : 8 p.m.
Half 2: Winner Quarter 3 – Winner Quarter 4 : 8 p.m.

Match for 3rd place

Saturday, December 17:
Loser Half 1 – Loser Half 2 : 4 p.m.

Final

Sunday, December 18:
Winner Half 1 – Winner Half 2 : 4 p.m.

2022 World Cup schedule details

A tight schedule

Programming in winter requires, FIFA had to adapt and opt for a tighter schedule in order to disrupt the club season as little as possible, interrupted in full exercise, which necessarily irritates the leagues and teams. Therefore, the Worlds will take place over only 29 days and the group stage only over 13 days. For the first time in the history of the World Cup, we will thus have not 3 but 4 daily matches systematically on the program (except during the first two days of the tournament).

A typical day in Qatar

During the group phase, 4 matches will be on the program each day, with some exceptions. The first will take place at 11 a.m. in France (i.e. 1 p.m. in Qatar), the second at 2 p.m., the third at 5 p.m. and the last at 8 p.m. (i.e. 10 p.m. in Qatar).

The knockout matches will only take place in the evening: at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in France, or at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Qatar. The final will take place at 4 p.m.

A schedule changed at the last minute

On August 11, about 100 days before the start of the World Cup, FIFA announced a major change in the calendar, bringing forward the first match of the competition by one day, from Monday November 21 to Sunday. November 20.

Explanations: the Senegal-Netherlands match was normally to open the ball on November 21, but FIFA finally wanted to respect the tradition which wants that it is the host country which plays the opening match, and it therefore moved forward One day Qatar-Ecuador, to November 20, making November 21 the only day with 3 matches on the program instead of 4.

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