FIFA confirms the World Cup dates in 2022 with FOUR games a day in Qatar and the final, which takes place only SEVEN DAYS before Christmas … and England could start their games at 10 a.m.
- The tournament starts on November 21st and there are four group games a day
- The kick-off times for the first games are 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time
- Fans receive four games a day throughout the group stage
- The final of 2022 on December 18 will take place at the Lusail Stadium in Doha
FIFA has set the dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The World Cup final is scheduled to take place just a week before Christmas on December 18.
This means that one team – possibly the English team from Gareth Southgate – has the perfect Christmas gift to lift the trophy as world champion.
The tournament starts on November 21st and fans can enjoy a festival of live football with four group matches that take place every day until the end of the group stage on December 2nd. The first game of the day will kick off at 10 a.m. for British fans.
The 2022 World Cup finals will take place on December 18 – just seven days before Christmas
It could be the perfect early Christmas gift for Gareth Southgate and millions of England fans
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, between two and four games per day were played in the group phase.
But the English fans will endeavor to get off to work with the Gareth Southgate team, which may be in the middle of the working day.
The group games will be played over a period of 12 days, with the games only being assigned to specific venues after the draw in March 2022 in order to choose optimal kick-off times for television audiences in different countries and for fans in Qatar.
Kick-off times for the first two rounds are 1:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m.GMT), 4:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. GMT), 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT), and 10:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. GMT) local time.
With stadiums all within 60 kilometers of each other, fans and the media may be able to watch more than one match on the same day.
For all games except three, there is a three-day rest period for the teams. There will also be no need for teams, supporters or media to spend time flying or long rail or road trips between games.
The Lusail Stadium in Doha will host the final – it is shown here under construction in February
The opening game of the tournament on November 21 will take place at Al Bayt Stadium
Kick-off times in the final round of group matches and knockouts are 6:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. GMT) and 10:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. GMT) local time.
The opening game of the tournament will be played on Monday, November 21st at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in a game in which the host country will be represented.
The final venue in 2022 is the Lusail Stadium in Doha. The flagship game will be played on Sunday, December 18.
A start date for the European section of the World Cup qualification has not yet been fixed. The announcement will be made two years after the 2018 World Cup final.
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