FIFA on Wednesday announced the Match schedule for the upcoming Qatar 2022 World Cup tournament in which would kick off on Monday 21 November 2022 at 13:00 local time. Al Bayt Stadium, a 60,000-capacity arena that takes its name and shape from the traditional tents used by nomadic peoples in the Gulf region will be the venue for the opening match of the tournament.
The Final match will be played at Lusail Stadium in front of an 80,000 crowd on December 18, the national day of Qatar.
The local kick-off times for group matches have been set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00, with the simultaneous kick-offs for the last round of group games and knockout-stage timings being 18:00 and 22:00. Khalifa International Stadium will be the setting for the play-off for third place on 17 December.
Unlike previous editions of the FIFA World Cup, The tournament is scheduled in winter due to the harsh summer in the West Asian region. France was crowned as the world champions in the recent edition of World cup in 2018.
A number of club leagues – including the Premier League have expressed opposition to the rescheduling because of how it will interfere with their calendars.
With the aim of providing all teams with optimal rest between their matches, the group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day, it promises a full and exciting schedule for fans, says FIFA website.