A three-hour time difference won’t stop Harry Kane from retaining the 2018 Golden Boot and repeating the Lionesses’ success at the upcoming World Cup
Qatar World Cup 2022 is fast approaching with a new start date if FIFA can agree.
It is highly likely that the 2022 tournament will start a day earlier if FIFA’s ruling elite can agree to hold the opening ceremony and the nation’s first game on Sunday 20 November instead of the proposed Monday 21 November. to align
Originally, the opening ceremony was planned to take place before Qatar’s game against Ecuador on November 21, which would have meant that two games would have been played before the ceremony.
However, the plan is now to host the ceremony the day before and bring Qatar’s first game a day forward to also allow Senegal’s game against the Netherlands, which is currently scheduled for 1pm local time on Monday, to kick off later in the day.
Sources close to the proposal said the move could be confirmed today, Thursday 11 August: “Organizers will ensure that any additional costs for fans changing travel bookings or accommodation will not be borne by them , and this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis”.
When does the 2022 World Cup start?
Qatar 2022 will be the first World Cup to be staged over the winter due to the scorching hot weather in the summer months.
The first game of the 2022 World Cup will kick off on Monday 21st November if the original schedule goes ahead, with four group stage games scheduled daily through Friday 2nd December.
The round of 16 starts on Saturday 3rd December with two games a day over four days until Tuesday 6th December.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for Friday December 9th and Saturday December 10th, before the two semifinals on Tuesday December 13th and Wednesday December 14th.
The third place match will take place on Saturday 17th December and the final will begin on Sunday 18th December to determine the winner of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The dates will pause the 2022/23 domestic club seasons across Europe, including the Premier League, when the leagues resume in their usual August-May format.
What are the 2022 World Cup stadiums?
The 2022 World Cup will be held in three host cities in Qatar – Doha, Al Dhakira and Al Wakrah. The stages are as follows:
- Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – Capacity: 40,000. Opened: December 18, 2020.
- Al Bayt Stadium – Capacity: 60,000. Open: TBD.
- Al-Janoub Stadium – Capacity: 40,000. Opened: 2019.
- Al Thumama Stadium – Capacity: 40,000. Open: TBD.
- Education City Stadium – Capacity: 40,000. Completed: 2020.
- Khalifa International Stadium – Capacity: 45,416. Opened: 1976 (renovated 2017)
- Lusail Stadium – Capacity: 80,000. Open: TBD.
- Ras Abu Aboud Stadium – Capacity: 40,000. Open: TBD.
The 2022 World Cup Finals will be held at Lusail Stadium.
World Cup 2022 World Cup Groups
- Group A : Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
- Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland / Ukraine / Wales
- Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
- Group D: France, Australia / United Arab Emirates / Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
- Group E: Spain, Costa Rica / New Zealand, Germany, Japan
- Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
What is the time difference in Qatar?
There is currently only a two-hour time difference between Qatar and the UK. However, on October 31, when Daylight Saving Time begins, there will be a time difference of three hours.
Qatar uses Arabic Standard Time, which is three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Full schedule list:
All times are UK time (GMT)
- Senegal vs Netherlands, 10am
- England vs Iran, 1pm
- Qatar-Ecuador, 4 p.m
- USA vs Wales, 7pm
- Argentina-Saudi Arabia, 10 a.m
- Denmark v Tunisia, 1pm
- Mexico-Poland, 4 p.m
- France vs Australia, 7pm
- Morocco-Croatia, 10 a.m
- Germany vs Japan, 1 p.m
- Spain-Costa Rica, 4 p.m
- Belgium vs Canada 7pm
- Switzerland – Cameroon, 10 a.m
- Uruguay v Korea Republic, 1pm
- Portugal-Ghana, 4pm
- Brazil-Serbia, 7 p.m
- Wales v Iran, 10am
- Qatar-Senegal, 1pm
- Netherlands v Ecuador, 4 p.m
- England vs USA, 7pm
- Tunisia vs Australia, 10am
- Poland-Saudi Arabia, 1 p.m
- France vs Denmark, 4 p.m
- Argentina-Mexico, 7 p.m
- Japan vs Costa Rica, 10 a.m
- Belgium-Morocco, 1 p.m
- Croatia v Canada, 4 p.m
- Spain vs Germany, 7 p.m
- Cameroon-Serbia, 10 a.m
- Korea Republic v Ghana, 1pm
- Brazil – Switzerland, 4 p.m
- Portugal-Uruguay, 7 p.m
- Ecuador-Senegal, 3 p.m
- Netherlands v Qatar, 3pm
- Iran vs. USA, 7 p.m
- Wales vs England, 7pm
- Australia vs Denmark, 3 p.m
- Tunisia v France, 3pm
- Poland-Argentina, 7 p.m
- Saudi Arabia-Mexico, 7 p.m
- Canada-Morocco, 3 p.m
- Croatia – Belgium, 3 p.m
- Costa Rica v Germany, 7 p.m
- Japan vs Spain, 7 p.m
- Ghana-Uruguay, 3pm
- Korea Republic v Portugal, 3pm
- Cameroon-Brazil, 7 p.m
- Serbia – Switzerland, 7 p.m
- Group A winners vs. Group B runners-up, 3pm
- Group C winners vs. Group D runners-up, 7pm
- Group D winners vs. Group C runners-up, 3pm
- Group B winners vs. Group A runners-up, 7pm
- Group E winners vs. Group F runners-up, 3pm
- Group G winners vs. Group H runners-up, 7pm
- Group F winners vs. Group E runners-up, 3pm
- Group H winners vs. Group G runners-up, 7pm
- Round of 16 5 Winners vs. Round of 16 6 Winners, 3:00 p.m
- Round of 16 1 v Round of 16 2 winners, 7 p.m
- Winner Round of 16 7 vs. Winner Round of 16 8, 3:00 p.m
- Round of 16 3 winners v Round of 16 4 winners, 7 p.m
- Winner Quarterfinal 1 vs. Winner Quarterfinal 2, 7 p.m
- Winner Quarterfinal 3 vs. Winner Quarterfinal 4, 7 p.m