We now know the dates of the next World Cup in Qatar. The Blues will put their title at stake from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Fifa unveiled this Wednesday the official program of the competition. With four daily matches, the group stage will be reduced to eleven days, until December 2. In Russia, it spanned thirteen days, with three matches each time (except the last few days).
First round matches will take place at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. “In order to provide all teams with optimal rest periods between matches, it was decided to spread the group phase over twelve days, with four matches per day,” said Fifa on its website.
The opening match will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City. This 60,000-seat stadium will host Monday, November 21 at 1 p.m. the first of 64 matches in the first World Cup in history to be played in November / December. Unlike 2018, where Russia-Saudi Arabia was the only match on day one, the opening game will be followed by three more at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The round of 16 will take place from December 3 to 6, with two matches each day, as in 2018. The matches will take place at 4 and 8 pm, as for the quarter-finals (December 9 and 10). The first semi-final will be played on Tuesday December 13 at 8 p.m. at the Lusail stadium (80,000 seats). The Al Bayt stadium will host the second, Wednesday 14 at the same time.
The match for 3rd place on Saturday December 17 will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium (45,000 seats) at 4 p.m. The same schedule as for the final, scheduled for her the next day at the Lusail stadium.