World Cup 2022 Schedule

The Fifa World Cup takes place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia, with the opening match being played on November 21 and the final on December 18, 2022.

The match schedule was confirmed by FIFA on 15 July 2020. The schedule consists of a group stage, Rounds of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Third-place play-off, and the Final.

In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of 90 minutes of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each), where each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution. If still tied after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.

Shortest ScheduleSince 1978

The tournament in Qatar is the shortest World Cup in 44 years with only 28 days. The 1978 World Championship in Argentina lasted 25 days.

4 matches per day

The schedule consists of four matches per day. This gives the players enough rest, in the short and busy schedule.

Flexible schedule

The times and stadiums of the matches will only be filled in after the draw. This allows the organization to organize the schedule so that all football fans of the playing countries can watch the match live.

Group matches format

The group matches will be played according to the schedule below. Each team plays against every other team from the same group, according to the league system. This means that one gets three points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero points for a loss.

See also, World Cup 2022 Group Stage

The last two matches of each group will be kicked off at the same time on the same day. This makes it impossible to look at the result of a competitor.


* All times are local (Arabian Standard Time).

Subtract 8 hours for Eastern Standard Time (New York).

Subtract 11 hours for Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles).

FIFA world cup 2022 schedule list

WC Round Of 32

WC Round of 16

The top two teams from each group (sixteen in total) will advance to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament. A third-place play-off will also be played between the two losing teams in the semi-finals.




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World Cup 2022 Schedule

World Cup 2022 Schedule Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

When is the opening match of the 2022 World Cup?

The opening match of the 2022 World Cup is on November 21, 2022.

When is the 2022 World Cup final?

The final of the 2022 World Cup is on December 18, 2022.

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