The 2022 World Cup will open with four games every day in a 12-day group stage and some matches that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar.
FIFA on Wednesday July 15, 2020 released the match schedule for the first World Cup to be played across November-December.
According to FIFA in a statement said ”Once the pairings are known, the possibility will be discussed of providing a more beneficial kickoff time for audiences at home, or indeed for fans in Qatar with regard to the stadium allocation.
FIFA added that host Qatar will open the Middle East’s first 2022 World Cup in the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21. The final start at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium.
Host Qatar will open the Middle East’s first World Cup in the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium at 1 p.m. on Nov. 21. The final start at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium.
Eight venues in close proximity to Doha will be used at the tournament, which will be played in 28 days rather than the 32 days used at the last World Cup in Russia to minimize the disruption to the European season. Teams and fans will not need to fly around Qatar because stadiums are within a 30-mile radius.
Both semifinals – like some games in the previous rounds – will kick off at 10 p.m. and will spill over into the next day if there is extra time, or even just long injury and VAR delays in regular time.
There is no space for a break between the band stage and the 16th round without playing.
The majority of the teams will have three days off between the tournaments, which FIFA said was “optimal for the performance in sports.” One losing half-finalist has two rest days for the third-place playoff, while the other has three.
In the end of March or early April 2022, when 30 of the 32 finalists will be identified, FIFA is looking to stage the tournament draw.
This was the last World Cup with 32 teams in the United States , Canada and Mexico before growing to 48 nations during the 2026 tournament.