Fifa Confirm 2022 World Cup Schedule and Kick-Off Times in Qatar With Four Matches to be Played Per Day

By Amreen
The Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening game on Nov. 21, 2022.
The Al Bayt Stadium will host the opening game on Nov. 21, 2022. / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

FIFA released the schedule for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday, with four matches to be played every day during the group stage of the winter tournament.

The tournament's opening game on November 21, will be at the 60,000-seat capacity Al Bayt Stadium, with its distinctive "tent" style covering. The final on December 18 will be held at the 80,000 Lusail Stadium, which, like Al Bayt, will also host a semifinal.

The group games will be played over a 12-day period with matches coming thick and fast. Kick-off times for the first two rounds of matches will be from 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm local time, and
kick-off times for the final round of group games and knockout matches will be at 6pm and 10pm local time.

Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the Qatar World Cup organising company, said plans for the tournament were well on schedule with 90% of the work finished on roads and infrastructure.

"When we talk about the stadiums, more than 85% of the work has been completed and really now, the last two years, we're focusing on our operation readiness and making sure we get the fan experience plans in place," he told ESPN.

"The World Cup is always a festival of football, a real celebration for the fans who come on-site and watch," FIFA chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith added.

"In Qatar, with the compact nature, this is going to be amplified even more with 32 teams and 32 sets of supporters all in and around Doha."

FIFA will wait until the draw for the tournament is held in March or April of 2022 before assigning specific games to venues and time slots.