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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Schedule and Format Guide
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FIFA World Cup 2022: All You Need to Know

Get set for the biggest event in football

Football fans, rejoice because the long wait is finally over! The FIFA World Cup 2022 is officially here, so expect nothing but epic sports moments featuring the best football players in the world.

Watch one of the world’s biggest sporting events with friends and family to celebrate the occasion. If you’re planning a viewing party at home or want to keep up with the tournament on your own, here’s everything you need to know about the FIFA World Cup:

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Schedule and Format

This year’s World Cup takes place in Doha, Qatar, from November 20 to December 18. 2022 marks the first time the event is held in the Middle East, making this event a historical milestone.

Hosting 64 matches in 28 days, this year’s run is the shortest tournament held since 1978. The games are spread over six stages, beginning with a 32-team group stage that is eventually trimmed down to 16. Only the top two teams from the eight groups are slated to proceed to the knockout stages: Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Third-place match, and Finals.

  • 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

  • Finals: December 18   

During the group stage, four daily matches are spread over different parts of the day. The only overlapping matches are expected on the final day of the group stage. Taking different time zones into consideration, here's a list of the kickoff times for the 2022 World Cup:

Local (Qatar)
Philippines (PST)
USA & Canada (ET)
Australia (AEDT)
India (IST)

Group stage only

1:00 PM

6:00 PM

5:00 AM

10:00 AM

9:00 PM

3:30 PM

Group stage only

4:00 PM

9:00 PM

8:00 AM

1:00 PM

12:00 AM

6:30 PM

Knockouts only

6:00 PM

11:00 PM 

10:00 AM

3:00 PM

2:00 AM

8:30 PM

Group stage only

7:00 PM

12:00 AM

11:00 AM

4:00 PM

3:00 AM

9:30 PM


10:00 PM

3:00 AM

2:00 PM

7:00 PM

6:00 AM

12:30 AM

FIFA World Cup 2022 Venue and Groupings

Qatar’s World Cup is hosted across various stadiums all over Doha. The venues are within 35 to 46 miles of one another, which doesn’t just make traveling convenient, but also allows fans to watch more games. The venues for the games are as follows:

  • Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor

  • Al Rayyan Stadium in Al Rayyan 

  • Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah 

  • Al Thumama Stadium in Doha

  • Education City Stadium in Doha\

  • Khalifa International Stadium in Doha 

  • Stadium 974 in Doha  

  • Lusail Stadium in Lusail

As for the participants, 32 teams divided into eight groups are lined up for the 2022 World Cup. This is also the last tournament with 32 teams playing, as the 2026 World Cup will increase the lineup to an astounding 48. Here are the official groups for the 2022 World Cup:

Group A

Qatar (QAT)

Ecuador (ECU)

Senegal (SEN)

Netherlands (NED)

Group B

England (ENG)

Iran (IRN)

United States (USA)

Wales (WAL)

Group C

Argentina (ARG)

Saudi Arabia (KSA)

Mexico (MEX)

Poland (POL)

Group D

France (FRA)

Australia (AUS)

Denmark (DEN)

Tunisia (TUN)

Group E

Spain (ESP)

Costa Rica (CRC)

Germany (GER)

Japan (JPN)

Group F

Belgium (BEL)

Canada (CAN)

Morocco (MAR)

Croatia (CRO)

Group G

Brazil (BRA)

Serbia (SRB)

Switzerland (SUI) 

Cameroon (CMR)

Group H  

Portugal (POR)

Ghana (GHA)

Uruguay (URU)

Korea Republic (KOR)

Cheer for your favorite teams by checking out the 2022 World Cup’s official schedule to know when they will be playing. Then, hop on to World Cup TV (WC TV) or subscribe to SKY Pay-Per-View.

Ready, Set, FIFA!

With the world’s best players competing for football’s greatest prize, this may just be the best World Cup yet.

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Art Maurice Zafra

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