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Fifa confirms 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start November 21

Fifa confirms 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start November 21

Author: Wardah Sempa | Wednesday 15th July 2020

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Fifa have confirmed that the 2020 World Cup in Qatar will start November 21. Fifa revealed the schedule for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday. The tournament will start on November 21, with the final taking place on December 18. FIFA also announced that the group stage matches will feature four games per day.

Fans will be able to enjoy a feast of live football with four group matches to be held every day until the end of the group stage on December 2 - and the first game of the day will be a 10am kick-off for UK fans. The 2018 World Cup in Russia saw between two and four games played per day during the group stage.

The group games will be played over a 12-day period, with matches not being assigned to particular venues until after the finals draw in March 2022 in order to choose optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in different countries as well as supporters out in Qatar.

Kick-off times for the first two rounds of matches will be at 1pm (10am GMT), 4pm (1pm GMT), 7pm (4pm GMT) and 10pm (7pm GMT) local time.

With the stadiums all within a 40-mile radius of each other it will potentially enable supporters and media to attend more than one game on the same day.

For all but three games there will be a three-day rest period in between for teams. There will also be no need for teams, supporters or media to spend time flying or taking long rail or road journeys between matches.