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FIFA World Cup 2022: Full schedule, fixtures, teams, venues and kick-off times in IST

FIFA World Cup 2022: Full schedule, fixtures, teams, venues and kick-off times in IST

FIFA World Cup 2022: Full schedule, fixtures, teams, venues and kick-off times in IST
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By Nov 16, 2022 4:08 PM IST (Published)

Here is the complete schedule, fixtures, teams, venues, and kick-off times in IST for the 2022 FIFA World Cup being hosted in Qatar. The World Cup will feature 32 teams. This is the first edition to be held in the Middle East and the second in Asia after Japan and South Korea hosted the 2002 tournament.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar -- the first edition to be held in the Middle East and the second in Asia after Japan and South Korea hosted the 2002 tournament -- begins on Nov. 20 with the home side taking on Ecuador.

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Brazil are the favorite as they look to capture a record-extending sixth title and first since 2002, with the likes of Argentina and defending champions France also fancied.
Here's what you need to know about the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Qatar:
When does World Cup 2022 start?
* This year's World Cup in Qatar will be held from Nov 20-Dec. 18.
* The tournament will begin with a Group A match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador on Nov. 20.
* The World Cup will start a day earlier than originally scheduled to ensure hosts Qatar play the opening match.
Which teams are taking part?
The World Cup will feature 32 teams and will begin with a group stage, with teams divided into eight groups of four. Here is a look at the groups and the full schedule for the 32-team tournament which will crown its champions on Dec. 18.
GROUP A: Qatar (hosts), Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.
GROUP B: England, Iran, United States, Wales.
GROUP C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.
GROUP D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.
GROUP E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.
GROUP F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.
GROUP G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.
GROUP H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.
What are the venues?
* Games will take place at eight stadiums -- Al Bayt Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Stadium 974, Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium.
* With 80,000 seats, Lusail Iconic Stadium is the largest of Qatar's eight World Cup stadiums.
* All the stadiums are located within 40 kilometers of central Doha.
What is the format?
* There will be a round-robin format in the group stage when each of the 32 teams play three matches each. Teams will get three points for a win and one for a draw. The final group stage match will be played on Dec. 2.
* The top two in each group advance to the last 16. The knockout rounds will begin on Dec. 3 and will feature one-off matches, which can go to extra time and then penalties to decide the winner.
When is the final?
* The final will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.
SCHEDULE (all times in IST)
Nov-20A Qatar v Ecuador9:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium
Nov-21BEngland v Iran6:30 PM Khalifa International Stadium
Nov-21ASenegal v Netherlands9:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Nov-22B United States v Wales12:30 AMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Nov-22CArgentina v Saudi Arabia3:30 PMLusail Iconic Arabia Stadium
Nov-22DDenmark v Tunisia6:30 PMEducation City Stadium
Nov-22CMexico v Poland9:30 PMStadium 974
Nov-23DFrance v Australia12:30 AMAl Janoub Stadium
Nov-23FMorocco v Croatia3:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium
Nov-23EGermany v Japan6:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Nov-23ESpain v Costa Rica9:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Nov-24FBelgium v Canada12:30 AMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Nov-24GSwitzerland v  Cameroon3:30 PMAl Janoub Cameroon Stadium
Nov-24HUraguay v South Korea6:30 PMEducation City Stadium
Nov-24HPortugal v Ghana9:30 PMStadium 974
Nov-25GBrazil v Serbia12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium
Nov-25BWales v Iran3:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Nov-25AQatar v Senegal6:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Nov-25ANetherlands v Ecuador9:30 PM Khalifa International Stadium
Nov-26BEngland v United States12:30 AMAl Bayt Stadium States
Nov-26DTunisia v Australia3:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Nov-26CPoland v Saudi Arabia6:30 PM Education City Stadium
Nov-26DFrance v Denmark9:30 PMStadium 974
Nov-27CArgentina v Mexico12:30 AM Lusail Iconic Stadium
Nov-27EJapan v Costa Rica3:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Nov-27FBelgium v Morocco6:30 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Nov-27FCroatia v Canada9:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Nov-28ESpain v Germany12:30 AMAl Bayt Stadium
Nov-28GCameroon v Serbia3:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Nov-28HSouth Korea v Ghana6:30 PM Education City Stadium
Nov-28GBrazil v Switzerland9:30 PMStadium 974
Nov-29HPortugal v Uruguay12:30 AM Lusail Iconic Stadium
Nov-29ANetherlands v Qatar8:30 PMAl Bayt Stadium
Nov-29AEcuador v Senegal8:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Nov-30BIran v United States12:30 AMAl Thumama Stadium
Nov-30BWales v England12:30 AMAhmad Bin Ali Stadium
Nov-30DTunisia v France8:30 PMEducation City Stadium
Nov-30DAustralia v Denmark8:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Dec-01CPoland v Argentina12:30 AMStadium 974
Dec-01C Saudi Arabia v Mexico12:30 AMLusail Iconic Stadium
Dec-01FCroatia v Belgium8:30 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Dec-01FCanada v Morocco8:30 PM Al Bayt Stadium
Dec-02ECosta Rica v Germany12:30 AMAl Bayt Stadium
Dec-02E Japan v Spain12:30 AM Khalifa International Stadium
Dec-02HSouth Korea v Portugal8:30 PMEducation City Stadium
Dec-02HGhana v Uraguay8:30 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Dec-03GSerbia v Switzerland12:30 AMStadium 974
Dec-03GCameroon v Brazil12:30 AM Khalifa International Stadium
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