FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule, Groups, Fixtures, Teams, Matches: Know it all

 

The most anticipated and biggest event, the greatest festival-like occasion for every football lover, is nearing. Qatar is attracting attention worldwide as it prepares for the FIFA World Cup 2022. It’s time for the fans, the glorious teams, the football, and the spirit of this sport to return to where they belong. This article includes the necessary details from world cup 2022 tickets, schedule, fixtures, timing, venue, etc.

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A Complete Guide To FIFA World Cup 2022

 

FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule

The 2022 World Cup schedule is very well-planned. Four matches are played each day in the group stage within a 46-mile radius. The match schedules and timings are set up so that the audience can fully enjoy the game.

Like every other edition, this year, the format for FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the same. A 32-team group stage will reduce the field to 16 teams, with only the top two teams from each group qualifying for the next rounds. After that, the 16 winners of the previous matches will compete in a single-game knockout tournament. The winning team will move forward to the next rounds. Every game will have a winner on the day; the organizers can utilize extra time and penalty kicks if required. The match starting date to final date details are given below:

  • Group stage: November 21- December 2
  • Round of 16: December 3-6
  • Quarter-finals: December 9-10
  • Semi-finals: December 13-14
  • Third-place match: December 17
  • Final: December 18
FIFA World Cup Trophy
A priceless icon, the original FIFA World Cup. Source: FIFA.com

 

FIFA World Cup 2022 Groups

Group A Group B
Qatar England
Ecuador Iran
Senegal United States
Wales/Scotland/Ukraine

 

Group C Group D
Argentina France
Saudi Arabia Australia/UAE/Peru
Mexico Denmark
Poland Tunisia

 

Group E Group F
Spain Belgium
Costa Rica/New Zealand Canada
Germany Morocco
Japan Croatia

 

Group G Group H
Brazil Portugal
Serbia Ghana
Switzerland Uruguay
Cameroon South Korea

 

FIFA World Cup Draw
A spellbinding draw show. Source: FIFA.com

FIFA World Cup 2022 Fixtures

The World Cup 2022 will kick off its first match on November 21, with Qatar hosting the tournament, and continue until December 2. The knockout phases will be held for the top 16 teams, and the quarter-finals will be held on December 9 and 10, with the last-16 rounds taking place between December 3 and 6. The semi-finals, which will have a lot on the line, will take place on December 13 and 14, with the final on December 18 — the day after bronze medals will be awarded in a third-place play-off. The detailed table of match fixtures is given below:

Match Date Local Time Fixtures Venue
1 21 Nov ‘22 19:00 Qatar vs Ecuador Al Bayt Stadium
2 21 Nov ‘22 13:00 Senegal vs Netherlands Al Thumama Stadium
3 21 Nov ‘22 16:00 England vs Iran Khalifa International Stadium
4 21 Nov ‘22 22:00 United States vs Wales/Scotland/Ukraine Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
5 22 Nov ‘22 13:00 Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Lusail Stadium
6 22 Nov ‘22 19:00 Mexico vs Poland Stadium 974
7 22 Nov ‘22 16:00 Denmark vs Tunisia Education City Stadium
8 22 Nov ‘22 22:00 France vs Australia/UAE/Peru Al Janoub Stadium
9 23 Nov ‘22 19:00 Spain vs New Zealand/Costa Rica Al Thumama Stadium
10 23 Nov ‘22 16:00 Germany vs Japan Khalifa International Stadium
11 23 Nov ‘22 22:00 Belgium vs Canada Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
12 23 Nov ‘22 13:00 Morocco vs Croatia Al Bayt Stadium
13 24 Nov ‘22 22:00 Brazil vs Serbia Lusail Stadium
14 24 Nov ‘22 13:00 Switzerland vs Cameroon Al Janoub Stadium
15 24 Nov ‘22 19:00 Portugal vs Ghana Stadium 974
16 24 Nov ‘22 16:00 Uruguay vs South Korea Education City Stadium
17 25 Nov ‘22 16:00 Qatar vs Senegal Al Thumama Stadium
18 25 Nov ‘22 19:00 Netherlands vs Ecuador Khalifa International Stadium
19 25 Nov ‘22 22:00 England vs United States Al Bayt Stadium
20 25 Nov ‘22 13:00 Wales/Scotland/Ukraine vs Iran Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
21 26 Nov ‘22 22:00 Argentina vs Mexico Lusail Stadium
22 26 Nov ‘22 16:00 Poland vs Saudi Arabia Education City Stadium
23 26 Nov ‘22 19:00 France vs Denmark Stadium 974
24 26 Nov ‘22 13:00 Tunisia vs Australia/UAE/Peru Al Janoub Stadium
25 27 Nov ‘22 22:00 Spain vs Germany Al Bayt Stadium
26 27 Nov ‘22 13:00 Japan vs Costa Rica/New Zealand Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
27 27 Nov ‘22 16:00 Belgium vs Morocco Al Thumama Stadium
28 27 Nov ‘22 19:00 Croatia vs Canada Khalifa International Stadium
29 28 Nov ‘22 19:00 Brazil vs Switzerland Stadium 974
30 28 Nov ‘22 13:00 Cameroon vs Serbia Al Janoub Stadium
31 28 Nov ‘22 22:00 Portugal vs Uruguay Lusail Stadium
32 28 Nov ‘22 16:00 South Korea vs Ghana Education City Stadium
33 29 Nov ‘22 18:00 Netherlands vs Qatar Al Bayt Stadium
34 29 Nov ‘22 18:00 Ecuador vs Senegal Khalifa International Stadium
35 29 Nov ‘22 22:00 Wales/Scotland/Ukraine vs England Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
36 29 Nov ‘22 22:00 Iran vs United States Al Thumama Stadium
37 30 Nov ‘22 22:00 Poland vs Argentina Stadium 974
38 30 Nov ‘22 22:00 Saudi Arabia vs Mexico Lusail Stadium 
39 30 Nov ‘22 18:00 Tunisia vs France Education City Stadium
40 30 Nov ‘22 18:00 Australia/UAE/Peru vs Denmark Al Janoub Stadium
41 1 Dec ‘22 22:00 Japan vs Spain Khalifa International Stadium
42 1 Dec ‘22 22:00 Costa Rica/New Zealand vs Germany Al Bayt Stadium
43 1 Dec ‘22 18:00 Croatia vs Belgium Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
44 1 Dec ‘22 18:00 Canada vs Morocco Al Thumama Stadium
45 2 Dec ‘22 22:00 Cameroon vs Brazil Lusail Stadium
46 2 Dec ‘22 22:00 Serbia vs Switzerland Stadium 974
47 2 Dec ‘22 18:00 South Korea vs Portugal Education City Stadium
48 2 Dec ‘22 18:00 Ghana vs Uruguay Al Janoub Stadium
Round of 16
49 3 Dec ‘22 18:00 1st Winner of Group A vs 2nd Winner of Group B Khalifa International Stadium
50 3 Dec ‘22 22:00 1st  Winner of Group C vs 2nd  Winner of Group D  Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
51 4 Dec ‘22 22:00 1st  Winner of Group B vs 2nd  Winner of Group A Al Bayt Stadium
52 4 Dec ‘22 18:00 1st  Winner of Group D vs 2nd  Winner of Group C Al Thumama Stadium
53 5 Dec ‘22 22:00 1st  Winner of Group G vs 2nd  Winner of Group H Stadium 974
54 5 Dec ‘22 18:00 1st  Winner of Group E vs 2nd  Winner of Group F Al Janoub Stadium
55 6 Dec ‘22 22:00 1st  Winner of Group H vs 2nd  Winner of Group G Lusail Stadium
56 6 Dec ‘22 18:00 1st  Winner of Group F vs 2nd  Winner of Group E Education City Stadium

Rest Days

Quarter Finals

57 9 Dec ‘22 22:00 Winner of match 49  vs  Winner of match 50 Lusail Stadium
58 9 Dec ‘22 18:00 Winner of match 53 vs Winner of match 54 Education City Stadium
59 10 Dec ‘22 22:00 Winner of match 51 vs  Winner of match52 Al Bayt Stadium
60 10 Dec ‘22 18:00 Winner of match 55 vs Winner of match 56 Al Thumama Stadium

Semi-Finals

61 13 Dec ‘22 22:00 Winner of match 57 vs Winner of match 58 Lusail Stadium
62 14 Dec ‘22 22:00 Winner of match 59 vs Winner of match 60 Al Bayt Stadium

Rest Days

Third Place and Final

63 17 Dec ‘22 18:00 Third Place Khalifa International Stadium
64 18 Dec ‘22 18:00 Final Lusail Stadium

 

FIFA World Cup 2022 Matches

The World Cup will feature 64 matches over 28 days. There are 48 matches in the group stage and 16 matches in the elimination stage.

FIFA World Cup Draw
At the World Cup draw, coaches pose for a group photo. Source: FIFA.com

FIFA World Cup 2022 Teams

The FIFA World Cup 2022 has 29 qualifier teams, with Qatar securing automatic qualifying as the host nation. Brazil, the five-time champion, was the first South American team to qualify, while Germany was the first European nation to clinch their place in Qatar.

Brazil qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2002 after defeating nine other teams in the CONMEBOL qualification campaign.  Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, who won the Copa America last year, has also qualified. After being defeated by Serbia in the previous group match, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 via the play-offs. Italy, the four-time champions, did not qualify after losing in the play-off semi-finals against North Macedonia. The intercontinental play-offs will determine two of the three remaining slots, with the winner of the match between Ukraine and Scotland facing Wales for the last spot. All of these games will take place in June.

  1. Qatar 
  2. England
  3. Ecuador
  4. Iran
  5. Senegal
  6. United States
  7. Netherlands
  8. Argentina
  9. France
  10. Saudi Arabia
  11. Mexico
  12. Denmark
  13. Poland
  14. Tunisia
  15. Spain
  16. Belgium
  17. Canada
  18. Germany
  19. Morocco
  20. Japan
  21. Croatia
  22. Brazil
  23. Portugal
  24. Serbia
  25. Ghana
  26. Switzerland
  27. Uruguay
  28. Cameroon
  29. South Korea
  30. Costa Rica/New Zealand
  31. Australia/UAE/Peru
  32. Wales/Scotland/Ukraine
FIFA World Cup Draw
Image from the FIFA World Cup draw event. Source: FIFA.com

 

FIFA World Cup 2022 FAQ

 

  • Where is the FIFA World Cup 2022 scheduled?

The FIFA World Cup 2022 will occur in Qatar from November 21 to December 18. This will be the first World Cup in the Arab nation and the second World Cup held exclusively in Asia, following the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

  • Has the FIFA World Cup 2022 started?

No, the World Cup is scheduled to start on November 21, 2022

 

  • Why is the FIFA World Cup 2022 in November?

As Qatar’s intense heat is considered, the World Cup will be held from late November to mid-December. The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be the first tournament that is not held in May, June, or July. The match will be played over a shorter period, around 28 days.

 

  • What is the date of the FIFA World Cup 2022?

The World Cup will begin on November 21, 2022, and continue till December 18, 2022

 

  • Who qualified for Qatar 2022?

Along with 29 other countries, the host nation has officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In June, the remaining three spots will be filled.

Lusail Stadium
A venue that feels like a dream. Source: Qatar2022.qa
  • Is Qatar qualified for World Cup 2022?

Yes, since Qatar is the hosting nation, the country qualified automatically.

 

  • Is Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup?

Yes, the World Cup will be contested in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, and it will be the first time the tournament has been held in the Middle East.

 

  • Does Qatar play in the FIFA World Cup?

Yes, Qatar is qualified for the tournament as they are the hosting nation.

 

  • What time will games be played in Qatar?

The games will occur at 1:00, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 10:00 p.m. local time.

 

  • How did Qatar qualify?

Qatar qualified for the tournament by default as it is the host country.

Sixty-four matches, 32 teams, Eight stadiums, one ball, one cup, and football fans from every corner of the world are getting ready to witness the spectacular event hosted by Qatar. And yes, we know that you can not keep calm after knowing it all. Book your flights and hotels to Qatar now with Rehlat and grab the best offers.

 

 

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