FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar – Everything you Need to Know

The biggest football competition in the world will be played for the first time in the Middle East, in the beautiful city of Qatar.

The most exciting thing is that this will also be the first FIFA World Cup in which the venues are so close together that spectators can easily attend two games on the same day. So, you can cheer for your favourite teams without missing a match!

FIFA World Cup Start Date, Time and Schedule

Al-Bayt Stadium - Fifa World Cup

From 20 November to 18 December, 32 teams from around the globe will compete in one of the most significant sporting events ever. On 20 November 2022, at Al Bayt Stadium, the tournament’s opening game will be between Qatar and Ecuador. 

The final is scheduled for 18 December 2022, which also happens to be Qatar National Day. The complete format for the world cup is as below:

  • Group stage: 20 November – 2 December
  • Round of 16: 3-6 Dec
  • Quarter-finals: 9-10 Dec
  • Semi-finals: 13-14 Dec
  • Third-place match: 17 December
  • Final: 18 December

Qatar is hosting the world cup for the first time in history. Seven of its stadiums were built specifically for the tournament. It is going to be the biggest event of football in history. Here is the kickoff time for the tournament.

Stage(s)Local
(Qatar)
USA & Canada
(ET)
UK
(GMT)
Australia
(AEDT)
India
(IST)
Group stage only1 p.m.5 a.m.10 a.m.9 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Group stage only4 p.m.8 a.m.1 p.m.12 a.m.6:30 p.m.
Knockouts only6 p.m.10 a.m.3 p.m.2 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Group stage only7 p.m.11 a.m.4 p.m.3 a.m.9:30 p.m.
Group/Knockouts10 p.m.2 p.m.7 p.m.6 a.m.12:30 a.m.

All Countries that will Play in the 2022 World Cup

Well, the excitement is already gradually growing as the World Cup approaches. To reach the championship game and win the coveted trophy, 32 nations are making their way to the little Western Asian nation. 

Seven past champions will compete in the 22nd edition of the tournament to repeat as winners. Here is the list of all the countries that will play in the 2022 World Cup.

ConfederationCountry
AFCAustralia
AFCJapan
AFCIran
AFCQatar
AFCSouth Korea
AFCSaudi Arabia
CAFCameroon
CAFMorocco
CAFTunisia
CAFGhana
CAFSenegal
CONCACAFCanada
CONCACAFMexico
CONCACAFCosta Rica
CONCACAFUnited States
CONMEBOLBrazil
CONMEBOLUruguay
CONMEBOLEcuador
CONMEBOLArgentina
UEFABelgium
UEFADenmark
UEFAFrance
UEFANetherlands
UEFAPortugal
UEFASpain
UEFAWales
UEFACroatia
UEFAEngland
UEFAGermany
UEFAPoland
UEFASerbia
UEFASwitzerland

All Groups For FIFA World Cup 2022 and their Schedule

Group A

A1 Qatar
A2 Ecuador
A3 Senegal
A4Netherlands

Group A Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Nov. 20Qatar vs. Ecuador11 a.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Nov. 21Senegal vs. Netherlands11 a.m.Al Thumama
Fri, Nov. 25Qatar vs. Senegal8 a.m.Al Thumama
Fri, Nov. 25Netherlands vs. Ecuador11 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Tues, Nov. 29Netherlands vs. Qatar10 a.m.Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29Ecuador vs. Senegal10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

Group B

B1England
B2Iran
B3USA
B4Wales

Group B Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21England vs. Iran8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Mon, Nov. 21USA vs. Wales2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25Wales vs. Iran5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25England vs. USA2 p.m.Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29Wales vs. England2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Tues, Nov. 29Iran vs. USA2 p.m.Al Thumama

Group C

C1Argentina
C2Saudi Arabia
C3Mexico
C4Poland

Group C Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22Argentina vs. S. Arabia5 a.m.Lusail
Tues, Nov. 22Mexico vs. Poland11 a.m.Stadium 974
Sat, Nov. 26Poland vs. S. Arabia8 a.m.Education City
Sat, Nov. 26Argentina vs. Mexico2 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Nov. 30Poland vs. Argentina2 p.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30S. Arabia vs. Mexico2 p.m.Lusail

Group D

D1France
D2Denmark
D3Tunisia
D4Australia

Group D Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22Denmark vs. Tunisia8 a.m.Education City
Tue, Nov. 22France vs. Australia2 p.m.Al Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26Tunisia vs. Australia5 a.m.Al Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26France vs. Denmark11 a.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30Tunisia vs. France10 a.m.Education City
Wed, Nov. 30Australia vs. Denmark10 a.m.Al Janoub

Group E

E1Spain
E2Germany
E3Japan
E4Costa Rica

Group E Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Germany vs. Japan8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Wed, Nov. 23Spain vs. Costa Rica11 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Japan vs. Costa Rica5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Spain vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt
Thurs, Dec. 1Japan vs. Spain2 p.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Costa Rica vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt

Group F

F1Belgium
F2Canada
F3Morocco
F4Croatia

Group F Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Morocco vs. Croatia5 a.m.Al Bayt
Wed, Nov. 23Belgium vs. Canada2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Belgium vs. Morocco8 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Croatia vs. Canada11 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Croatia vs. Belgium10 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Thurs, Dec. 1Canada vs. Morocco10 a.m.Al Thumama

Group G

G1Brazil
G2Serbia
G3Switzerland
G4Cameroon

Group G Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Switzerland vs. Cameroon5 a.m.Al Janoub
Thurs, Nov. 24Brazil vs. Serbia2 p.m.Lusail
Mon, Nov. 28Cameroon vs. Serbia5 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Nov. 28Brazil vs. Switzerland11 a.m.Stadium 974
Fri, Dec. 2Cameroon vs. Brazil2 p.m.Lusail
Fri, Dec. 2Serbia vs. Switzerland2 p.m.Stadium 974

Group H

H1Portugal
H2Ghana
H3Uruguay
H4Korea Republic

Group H Match Schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Uruguay vs. South Korea8 a.m.Education City
Thurs, Nov. 24Portugal vs. Ghana11 a.m.Stadium 974
Mon, Nov. 28South Korea vs. Ghana8 a.m.Education City
Mon, Nov. 28Portugal vs. Uruguay2 p.m.Lusail
Fri, Dec. 2South Korea vs. Portugal10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 2Ghana vs. Uruguay10 a.m.Al Janoub

World Cup Round of 16

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 31A vs. 2B10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Sat, Dec. 31C vs. 2D2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 41D vs. 2C10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 41B vs. 2A2 p.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 51E vs. 2F10 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 51G vs. 2H2 p.m.Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 61F vs. 2E10 a.m.Education City
Tues, Dec. 61H vs. 2G2 p.m.Lusail

 

World Cup Quarterfinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 9QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D2 p.m.Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C2 p.m.Al Bayt

World Cup Semifinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13QF2 vs. QF12 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14QF4 vs. QF32 p.m.Al Bayt

World Cup 3rd Place

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17Semifinal losers10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

 

World Cup Final

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18Semifinal winners10 a.m.Lusail

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