All of the match schedule for the 2022 World Cup has been presented today. Both the tournament and its knock-out stage will begin at Al Bayt Stadium, while the final, on Dec 18, will be housed by Lusail Stadium.
FIFA and the Qatari hosts have revealed the schedule for the 2022 World Cup today. The tournament will begin at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. With roughly 60,000 seats it's the second largest venue of the mega event and largest one to have a retractable roof. The opening match will take place on November 21, 2022, at 11:00 CET. Detailed match hours are presented below for every time zone:
As the Qataris boast, the compact nature of their tournament means that fans will – for the first time ever – be able to attend more than one game every day. After all, the nearest venues are just a few subway stops apart and the two most distant areans lie just 75 km from one-another.
With 4 fixtures daily, the group stade will utilise all 8 host stadia and last 12 days, until December 2. Each venue will be used no fewer than 7 times – for 6 group games and at least 1 knock-out stage fixture.
The knock-out phase will again start at Al Bayt Stadium, on December 3. Combined, the venue will hold 9 games, thus becoming the second most used stadium during the FIFA tournament.
Only the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium will hold one more, which is the final, to be held on December 18. Ironically, this means that neither the opening, nor the final will be held in Doha, even though the tourmanent is to be held almost entirely within the city.
Groups for the 2022 World Cup will be drawn in March 2022, once the qualifying process is complete.