since late 2010, when qatar was named the host of the 2022 world cup, there has been much more discussion about this tournament than usual.
The 22nd edition of the competition, which is the first world cup to be held in the Middle East and also the first to be held in the northern hemisphere winter, is scheduled to start in November 2022.
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France will be looking to retain their title as world champions, with Les Bleus winning the trophy in style by beating Croatia 4-2 in the Russia 2018 final.
They will be among a selection of teams from the different confederations who are expected to delve into the qualifiers when the best teams in the world come together to battle it out.
Here’s a look at key information about the tournament.
more: which teams have qualified for qatar 2022?
When does the 2022 world cup start?
In a significant change from the usual world cup schedule, this edition of the tournament will take place in the northern hemisphere winter.
Due to the high average temperatures in Qatar, FIFA made the decision to move the main event from its usual location from June to July, in the hope of more temperate conditions for players and fans alike.
As a result, the action gets underway on Sunday, November 10. 20, with the tournament set to wrap up on December 2. 18.
- opening matches: Sunday, Nov. 20
- end: Sunday, Dec. 18
that means the world cup will take place right in the middle of the club season schedule from august to may, which will affect the schedules of domestic leagues around the world, including the english premier league and others in Europe, which could be detrimental to some clubs. .
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2022 world cup format
The world cup format is similar to recent editions, starting with a group stage with 32 teams in total divided into eight groups of four.
After each team plays three group stage matches, the top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stages, starting with the Round of 16.
From there, matches will be played in a direct knockout format, with extra time and, if necessary, a penalty shootout that will serve as a tiebreaker if the teams are tied after 90 minutes.
what time will the qatar 2022 matches start?
First-round games will begin at staggered intervals throughout the day, with opening matches being played at 1 p.m. m. local time (5am ET / 10am GMT).
the first of them, in group a, will take place at al bayt stadium on november 1st. 20 and will feature the tournament hosts qatar facing ecuador.
Up to four matches will be played each day in the group stage period.
2022 world cup start times
When is the final of the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 world cup final will be played on Sunday, December 1. 18.
will be held at lusail stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. local time (10am ET / 3pm GMT)
- group stage: nov. 20-Dec 2
- round of 16: Dec. 3-6
- quarterfinals: Dec. 9-10
- semi-finals: Dec. 13-14
- Third Place Match: Dec. 17
- end: dec. 18
when was the 2022 world cup draw?
the 2022 world cup draw was held on april 1 in doha, qatar.
Unlike previous editions of the men’s world cup, the final schedule with match times was not immediately available. After the group draw was completed on April 1, FIFA had work to do to define the match schedule for the group stage.
the world governing body sought to optimize the match schedule and kick-off times for both television audiences and fans in qatar, who will be able to watch multiple games in a single day given the proximity of the stadiums in the tiny gulf nation. .