When does the FIFA World Cup 2022 start? Everything you need to know about the tournament in Qatar
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 26, 2022 - 08:20PM
There’s not long to go until Qatar 2022 (Picture: Simon Holmes/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 2022is now just a little over a month away with the unique circumstances creating a very different feel to this year’s tournament compared with previous editions.

There are plenty of differences, but much will remain the same as well, despite the being played in winter rather than the sweltering Qatari summer.

Disruption has to clubs and competitions around the world, with congested fixture lists causing concern for .

But excitement is building fast for the first football World Cup to take place in the Middle East.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2022 World Cup in , including dates, times, schedule, teams and venues.

When does the FIFA World Cup 2022 start? Dates and schedule

on Sunday, November 20 and end on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

World Cup schedule

  • Group stage: November 20- December 2
  • Round of 16: December 3-6
  • Quarter-finals: December 9-10
  • Semi-finals: December 13-14
  • Final: December 18

World Cup TV coverage in the UK

As usual, the will be sharing the coverage.

Every match will be shown live on TV, with fans also able to watch the action on BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub.

What’s the time difference?

is three hours ahead of the UK in November, with matches kicking off at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm UK time during the group stage and 3pm and 7pm in the knockout stage.

The World Cup promises to be a stunning spectacle under the lights (Picture: David Ramos/Getty Images)

How to get tickets for the World Cup

More than 800,000 tickets were sold when they first went on sale.

Two more ticket window opportunities have already been and gone, meaning that fans still wishing to watch the action live in Qatar face a difficult task in getting hold of tickets.

However, FIFA’s ‘Last Minute Sales Phase’ will open in advance of the competition starting, meaning that tickets could still become available for World Cup matches.

Another official resale window will also open ahead of the tournament.

For more information, visit the .

Which teams have qualified?

The have now been confirmed, and the group stages have already been drawn.

World Cup group stage

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

What is happening to the Premier League and Champions League during the World Cup?

The will on November 13, with the first World Cup match taking place on November 20.

This is just the Qatar tournament will have on the Premier League.

The Premier League will return to action on Boxing Day just eight days after the final.

Meanwhile, the group stage will finish on November 2, and has been instead of the usual 12.

The season started earlier (August 6, 2022) and will finish slightly later (May 28, 2023) than normal.

England will be looking to impress in Qatar (Picture: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Why is the World Cup being played in winter?

The tournament is being held in winter to avoid the extremely high temperatures in Qatar during the summer months.

Temperatures in June and July – when the World Cup is typically played – average around 37C, which is deemed too hot for players.

What will be the temperature in Qatar during the World Cup?

The temperature in November and December in Qatar is likely to be perfectly fine for playing football, unlike if it was played in June and July.

reports that the maximum temperature in November in Doha is 30°C, with a minimum of 20°C, with these falling to a max of 25°C and minimum of 16°C in December.

The stadiums will feature sophisticated air conditioning units to keep the temperature cool at pitch level.

When is the England squad announced?

Gareth Southgate will have decided his for the World Cup by Friday, October 21.

However, Southgate did not on his provisional list – nor was he required to.

At a later date in November, Southgate will then to the final 26 players who will join him on the plane to .

Southgate will be hoping that his in the build-up to the tournament.

When are England’s fixtures at the World Cup?

England have been drawn in Group B alongside USA, Iran and Wales.

England World Cup fixtures

  • England vs Iran: Monday, November 21 at 1pm
  • England vs USA: Friday, November 25 at 7pm
  • Wales vs England: Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm

Have the World Cup kits been released yet?

England have released their for the competition, with their new designs a striking resemblance to some of their .

Wales have also released their new stylish shirts as they gear up for their.

Many of the other nations taking part in the World Cup have .

England will look the part in Qatar (Picture: The FA/PA Wire)

What stadiums will be used?

There are eight stadiums being used in Qatar, with the opening match staged at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor and the final at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail.

FIFA have confirmed that will be used in stadiums to help improve the accuracy and speed of offside decisions.

Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail: Capacity: 80,000
5x Group Matches
1x Round of 16
1x Quarter-Final
1x Semi-Final

The Lusail Stadium will play host to the FIFA World Cup final (Picture: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor: Capacity: 60,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16
  • 1x Quarter-Final
  • 1x Semi-Final

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah: Capacity: 40,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan: Capacity: 40,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16

Khalifa International Stadium, Doha: Capacity: 40,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16
  • Match for Third Place

Education City Stadium, Doha: Capacity: 40,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16
  • 1x Quarter-Final

Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, Ras Abu Aboud: Capacity: 40,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha: Capacity: 40,000

  • 5x Group Matches
  • 1x Round of 16
  • 1x Quarter-Final


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