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FIFA World Cup schedule 2022: Qatar Tournament

FIFA World Cup schedule 2022 is on the horizon, and every country is accounted for. The group stage matchups are all set and we can start planning who might be in the best position to advance to the knockouts.

England takes on the USA in Group B, Argentina, and Lionel Messi face Mexico in Group C, and it will be Luis Suarez and Uruguay in Group H looking to spoil Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential final World Cup run.

The tournament will begin on Sunday, November 20 with the opening ceremony and the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador. It will be completed in less than a month, with the final scheduled to be played on Sunday, December 18.

Brazil enter the tournament as the most successful nation in World Cup history with five titles and has a manageable group to navigate while defending champions France is expected to top their group and It has a good chance of gaining a head of steam. In the knockout round

Which teams can surprise you? African champions Senegal is one of the stronger teams in Group A, which also includes hosts Qatar. Participating for the first time in 37 years, Canada has landed in Group F, where it will likely battle with Morocco and Croatia for second place behind Belgium.

World Cup 2022 tournament format

The 2022 World Cup will follow the pattern of recent editions, with a 32-team group stage narrowing the field to 16 teams – with only the top two teams from each of the eight groups remaining.

Those 16 group-stage teams will advance to a single-game knockout stage — round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final — where the winner advances and the loser goes home. There must be a winner on each matchday of the Knockout Round, and the extra time and penalty kicks, if necessary, will be used to determine the winner.

  • Group Stage: November 20-December 2
  • Round of 16: December 3-6
  • Quarterfinals: December 9-10
  • Semifinals: December 13-14
  • Third Place Match: December 17
  • Final: 18 December

When do World Cup matches start in Qatar?

During the group stage, there will be four matches per day and they will be staggered throughout the day. The only matches that will overlap are those played on the final day of the group stage, and this is purely for competitive integrity.

Every time zone in the world will have the chance to watch the match at their best times of the day. Here’s a breakdown of how the local kick-off times in Qatar translate to different regions around the world.

World Cup 2022 kickoff times

Stage(s)Local
(Qatar)
USA & Canada
(ET)
UK
(GMT)
Australia
(AEDT)
India
(IST)
Group stage only1 p.m.5 a.m.10 a.m.9 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Group stage only4 p.m.8 a.m.1 p.m.12 a.m.6:30 p.m.
Knockouts only6 p.m.10 a.m.3 p.m.2 a.m.8:30 p.m.
Group stage only7 p.m.11 a.m.4 p.m.3 a.m.9:30 p.m.
Group/Knockouts10 p.m.2 p.m.7 p.m.6 a.m.12:30 a.m.

Complete World Cup 2022 match schedule

World Cup Group A table & fixtures

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A1: Qatar00000000
A2: Ecuador00000000
A3: Senegal00000000
A4: Netherlands00000000

Group A match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Nov. 20Qatar vs. Ecuador11 a.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Nov. 21Senegal vs. Netherlands11 a.m.Al Thumama
Fri, Nov. 25Qatar vs. Senegal8 a.m.Al Thumama
Fri, Nov. 25Netherlands vs. Ecuador11 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Tues, Nov. 29Netherlands vs. Qatar10 a.m.Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29Ecuador vs. Senegal10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

World Cup Group B table & fixtures

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B1: England00000000
B2: Iran00000000
B3: USA00000000
B4: Wales00000000

Group B match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21England vs. Iran8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Mon, Nov. 21USA vs. Wales2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25Wales vs. Iran5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Fri, Nov. 25England vs. USA2 p.m.Al Bayt
Tues, Nov. 29Wales vs. England2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Tues, Nov. 29Iran vs. USA2 p.m.Al Thumama

World Cup Group C table & fixtures

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C1: Argentina00000000
C2: Saudi Arabia00000000
C3: Mexico00000000
C4: Poland00000000

Group C match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Nov. 22Argentina vs. S. Arabia5 a.m.Lusail
Tues, Nov. 22Mexico vs. Poland11 a.m.Stadium 974
Sat, Nov. 26Poland vs. S. Arabia8 a.m.Education City
Sat, Nov. 26Argentina vs. Mexico2 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Nov. 30Poland vs. Argentina2 p.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30S. Arabia vs. Mexico2 p.m.Lusail

World Cup Group D table & fixtures

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D1: France00000000
D2: Australia00000000
D3: Denmark00000000
D4: Tunisia00000000

Group D match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22Denmark vs. Tunisia8 a.m.Education City
Tue, Nov. 22France vs. Australia2 p.m.Al Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26Tunisia vs. Australia5 a.m.Al Janoub
Sat, Nov. 26France vs. Denmark11 a.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30Tunisia vs. France10 a.m.Education City
Wed, Nov. 30Australia vs. Denmark10 a.m.Al Janoub

World Cup Group E table & fixtures

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E1: Spain00000000
E2: Costa Rica00000000
E3: Germany00000000
E4: Japan00000000

Group E match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Germany vs. Japan8 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Wed, Nov. 23Spain vs. Costa Rica11 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Japan vs. Costa Rica5 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Spain vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt
Thurs, Dec. 1Japan vs. Spain2 p.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Costa Rica vs. Germany2 p.m.Al Bayt

World Cup Group F table & fixtures

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F1: Belgium00000000
F2: Canada00000000
F3: Morocco00000000
F4: Croatia00000000

Group F match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Morocco vs. Croatia5 a.m.Al Bayt
Wed, Nov. 23Belgium vs. Canada2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Nov. 27Belgium vs. Morocco8 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Nov. 27Croatia vs. Canada11 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1Croatia vs. Belgium10 a.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Thurs, Dec. 1Canada vs. Morocco10 a.m.Al Thumama

World Cup Group G table & fixtures

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G1: Brazil00000000
G2: Serbia00000000
G3: Switzerland00000000
G4: Cameroon00000000

Group G match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Switzerland vs. Cameroon5 a.m.Al Janoub
Thurs, Nov. 24Brazil vs. Serbia2 p.m.Lusail
Mon, Nov. 28Cameroon vs. Serbia5 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Nov. 28Brazil vs. Switzerland11 a.m.Stadium 974
Fri, Dec. 2Cameroon vs. Brazil2 p.m.Lusail
Fri, Dec. 2Serbia vs. Switzerland2 p.m.Stadium 974

World Cup Group H table & fixtures

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H1: Portugal00000000
H2: Ghana00000000
H3: Uruguay00000000
H4: South Korea00000000

Group H match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Thurs, Nov. 24Uruguay vs. South Korea8 a.m.Education City
Thurs, Nov. 24Portugal vs. Ghana11 a.m.Stadium 974
Mon, Nov. 28South Korea vs. Ghana8 a.m.Education City
Mon, Nov. 28Portugal vs. Uruguay2 p.m.Lusail
Fri, Dec. 2South Korea vs. Portugal10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 2Ghana vs. Uruguay10 a.m.Al Janoub

World Cup Round of 16

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 31A vs. 2B10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Sat, Dec. 31C vs. 2D2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 41D vs. 2C10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 41B vs. 2A2 p.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 51E vs. 2F10 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 51G vs. 2H2 p.m.Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 61F vs. 2E10 a.m.Education City
Tues, Dec. 61H vs. 2G2 p.m.Lusail

World Cup Quarterfinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 9QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D2 p.m.Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C2 p.m.Al Bayt

World Cup Semifinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13QF2 vs. QF12 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14QF4 vs. QF32 p.m.Al Bayt

World Cup 3rd Place

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17Semifinal losers10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

World Cup Final

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18Semifinal winners10 a.m.Lusail

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