2022 World Cup calendar: The complete program of the World Cup

Organized for the first time in winter, the 2022 World Cup is bound to be special, especially in terms of programming. To not miss anything of the 64 matches of the competition, here is the calendar of the 2022 World Cup.

The 2022 World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20 with the game between host country Qatar and Ecuador at Al-Bayt Stadium. The final will take place on Sunday, December 18, at the Lusail stadium.

World 2022 groups

The 32 selections qualified for the 2022 World Cup have been divided into 8 groups, each composed of 4 teams, as follows:

  • Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
  • Group B: England, Iran, USA, 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

2022 World Cup calendar: detailed group stage

All schedule times for the group stage of the 2022 World Cup are given in French time (GMT+2). Find below all the matches on the program of the group stage of the World Cup 2022

The program for Monday, November 21:

  • 2 p.m. England v Iran (Group B, Matchday 1)
  • 5 p.m., Senegal – Netherlands (Group A, 1st day)
  • 8 p.m., USA – Wales (Group B, Matchday 1)

Already played

Sunday, November 20:

  • 5pm, Qatar 0-2 Ecuador (Group A, Matchday 1)


Tuesday, November 22:

  • 11 a.m., Argentina – Saudi Arabia  (Group C, 1st day)
  • 2 p.m., Denmark – Tunisia (Group D, 1st day)
  • 5:00 p.m., Mexico – Poland (Group C, Matchday 1)
  • 8 p.m., France – Australia (Group D, 1st day)

Wednesday, November 23:

  • 11 a.m., Morocco – Croatia (Group F, 1st day)
  • 2 p.m., Germany – Japan (Group E, Matchday 1)
  • 5 p.m., Spain – Costa Rica (Group E, 1st day)
  • 8 p.m., Belgium – Canada (Group F, 1st day)

Thursday, November 24:

  • 11 a.m., Switzerland – Cameroon  (Group G, 1st day)
  • 2 p.m., Uruguay – South Korea (Group H, 1st day)
  • 5 p.m., Portugal – Ghana (Group H, 1st day)
  • 8 p.m., Brazil – Serbia (Group G, Matchday 1)

Friday, November 25:

  • 11 a.m., Wales – Iran (Group B, Matchday 2)
  • 2 p.m., Qatar – Senegal (Group A, 2nd day)
  • 5 p.m., Netherlands – Ecuador (Group A, Matchday 2)
  • 8 p.m., England v USA  (Group B, Matchday 2)

Saturday November 26:

  • 11 a.m., Tunisia – Australia  (Group D, 2nd day)
  • 2 p.m., Poland – Saudi Arabia (Group C, 2nd day)
  • 5 p.m., France – Denmark (Group D, 2nd day)
  • 8 p.m., Argentina – Mexico (Group C, 2nd day)

Sunday November 27:

  • 11 a.m., Japan – Costa Rica  (Group E, 2nd day)
  • 2 p.m., Belgium – Morocco (Group F, 2nd day)
  • 5 p.m., Croatia – Canada (Group F, 2nd day)
  • 8 p.m., Spain – Germany (Group E, 2nd day)

Monday, November 28:

  • 11 a.m., Cameroon – Serbia (Group G, 2nd day)
  • 2 p.m., South Korea – Ghana (Group H, 2nd day)
  • 5 p.m., Brazil – Switzerland (Group G, 2nd day)
  • 8 p.m., Portugal – Uruguay (Group H, 2nd day)

Tuesday, November 29:

  • 4 p.m., Netherlands v Qatar (Group A, Matchday 3)
  • 4 p.m., Ecuador – Senegal (Group A, 3rd day)
  • 8 p.m., Wales – England (Group B, Matchday 3)
  • 8 p.m. Iran v USA (Group B, Matchday 3)

Wednesday, November 30:

  • 4 p.m., Tunisia – France  (Group D, 3rd day)
  • 4 p.m., Australia – Denmark (Group D, Matchday 3)
  • 8 p.m., Poland – Argentina (Group C, Matchday 3)
  • 8 p.m., Saudi Arabia – Mexico (Group C, Matchday 3)

Thursday, December 1:

  • 4 p.m., Canada – Morocco (Group F, 3rd day)
  • 4 p.m., Croatia – Belgium (Group F, Matchday 3)
  • 8 p.m., Japan – Spain (Group E, Matchday 3)
  • 8 p.m., Costa Rica – Germany (Group E, 3rd day)

Friday, December 2:

  • 4 p.m., Ghana – Uruguay (Group H, 3rd day):
  • 4 p.m., South Korea – Portugal (Group H, 3rd day)
  • 8 p.m., Cameroon – Brazil (Group G, 3rd day)
  • 8 p.m., Serbia – Switzerland (Group G, Matchday 3)

The program of the 8th finals

Saturday, December 3:

Eighth 1:  1st Group A – 2nd Group B : 4 p.m.

Eighth 2:  1st Group C – 2nd Group D : 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 4:

Eighth 3:  1st Group D – 2nd Group C : 4 p.m.

Eighth 4:  1st Group B – 2nd Group A : 8 p.m.

Monday, December 5:

Eighth 5:  1st Group E – 2nd Group F : 4 p.m.

Eighth 6:  1st Group G – 2nd Group H : 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6:

Eighth 7:  1st Group F – 2nd Group E : 4 p.m.

Eighth 8:  1st Group H – 2nd Group G : 8 p.m.

Quarter-final schedule

Friday, December 9:

Quarter 1:  Winner Eighth 5 – Winner Eighth 6 : 4 p.m.

Quarter 2:  Winner Eighth 1 – Winner Eighth 2 : 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 10:

Quarter 3:  Winner Eighth 7 – Winner Eighth 8 : 4 p.m.

Quarter 4:  Winner Eighth 3 – Winner Eighth 4 : 8 p.m.


Tuesday, December 13:

Half 1:  Winner Quarter 1 – Winner Quarter 2 : 8 p.m.

Wednesday  , December 14:

Half 2:  Winner Quarter 3 – Winner Quarter 4 : 8 p.m.

Match for 3rd place

Saturday, December 17:

Loser Semi-final 1 – Loser Semi-final 2 : 4 p.m.

2022 World Cup Final

Sunday, December 18:

Winner Semi-final 1 – Winner Semi-final 2 : 4 p.m.

Details of the 2022 World Cup

Schedule programming in the winter necessitates a tight schedule, so FIFA had to adjust and choose a tighter schedule in order to minimize the amount of disruption to the club season. Interruptions in full exercise inevitably annoy leagues and teams. As a result, the group stage and the Worlds will only last 13 days and 29 days, respectively. With the exception of the first two days of the tournament, we will thus have not three but four daily matches, which is unprecedented in World Cup history. Times are tight, so you can now counsel our 2022 World Cup forecast to wager on quite possibly of the most expected rivalry in the four corners of the world.

A typical day in Qatar during the World Cup During the group stage, with some exceptions, there will be four matches on the schedule each day.The first will take place at 11 a.m. in France, which is 1 p.m. in Qatar. The second will take place at 2 p.m., the third at 5 p.m., and the final one will take place at 8 p.m., which is 10 p.m. in Qatar.

Only the evening knockout matches will take place: in France between the hours of 4 and 8 and between the hours of 6 and 10 in Qatar. On December 18, the final will take place at 4 p.m.

A last-minute change to the schedule On August 11, with approximately 100 days remaining until the start of the 2022 World Cup, FIFA made an important announcement about the schedule. It moved the first match of the competition up one day, from Monday, November 21, to Sunday, November 20.

Explanations: Originally scheduled for November 21, the Senegal-Netherlands match was moved up to November 20 to accommodate the tradition that the host nation plays the opening match. As a result, November 21 became the only day with three matches instead of four, and FIFA decided to honor that tradition.

World Cup date in 2022: Why is the winter competition scheduled?

When FIFA decided to award Qatar the 22nd World Cup in history on December 2, 2010, it had no idea how much controversy it would cause. One of them concerns the competition's calendar and weather conditions.

In fact, Qatari summer temperatures can reach nearly 50°C, with an 80 percent humidity level, in June and July! It is obvious that professional football players would not be able to play in such conditions because they are too dangerous for the organizations. As a result, it has become obvious that the World Cup in 2022 should be moved up.

You can't play in this heat of summer.Despite the fact that it is feasible to cool arenas, it is difficult to cool a whole nation or the environment of a World Cup. That's why we have to be brave and play this World Cup in the winter,” said Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA, in 2013.

The great revolution was made official on March 19, 2015, when the FIFA Executive Committee set the date for the 2022 World Cup final on Sunday, December 18, 2022, following the recommendations of the world football body's working group. Winter began in 2015. This day falls on Qatar's National Day and a week before Christmas, making it possible for the Premier League to celebrate its sacred Boxing Day. The major European leagues were forced to accept FIFA's decision, despite their reluctance to have their championships postponed in the middle of the season.

As a result, you now know that this World Cup will not be like any other: Indeed, the 2022 World Cup schedule will be extremely condensed, with 64 matches scheduled in just 29 days. For the first time in World Cup history, FIFA was forced to schedule four matches per day because the group stage will take place in just 13 days.

Was the date change of the 2022 World Cup avoidable?

The answer seems to be no at first glance. As we have seen, playing in Qatar during the summer is impossible. In 2011, the host nation attempted to offer an alternative in response to the outcry caused by the schedule change: the design of a remote-controlled artificial cloud that would be placed above stadiums during sporting events to shield players and spectators from the sun. This device, which was inflated with helium and powered by four enormous solar panels, was designed to be rather eco-friendly, and the University of Qatar has worked hard on the topic.

However, this project did not proceed because of its somewhat science-fictional nature, its exorbitant cost (approximately 350,000 euros per cloud), and the uncertainty of the expected outcome. As a result, the 2022 World Cup date change quickly emerged as the only alternative.

2022 World Cup program: World Cup dates to remember

Sunday, November 20, 2022: Qatar-Ecuador opening match, at al-Bayt Stadium (5 p.m.).

December 2, 2022: end of the group stage.

December 3-6, 2022: Round of 16.

December 9-10, 2022: quarter-finals.

December 13-14, 2022: semi-finals.

December 18, 2022: final at Stade Lusail (4 p.m.).

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