All You Need to Know- FIFA World Cup 2022 fixtures, venues and timings (IST)

With Costa Rica beating New Zealand 1-0 in the qualifiers and booking their trip to Qatar this winter, all 32 teams entered the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

The 22nd edition of the tournament will be the last to feature 32 teams with the next edition announced in 2026 as a competition involving 48 nations.

France won the last edition in 2018 in Russia and were the sixth team to qualify for the World Cup this year. Qatar was the first to enter the list of 32 countries, an automatic qualification for being the host country.

Here’s everything you need to know about the competition later this year.

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2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums

Match 64 will be played in eight stadiums in Qatar. The opening match of the tournament will be hosted at Al Bayt Stadium while Lusail Stadium will be the largest of all eight stadiums, and the final match will be hosted on December 18. Below is a list of all the stadiums, the number of matches they will host and their seating capacity.

Group stage matches:

November 21: Senegal-Netherlands, 3:30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
November 21: England vs Iran match, 6:30 pm, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 21: Qatar – Ecuador, 9:30 pm, Al Bayt Stadium, El Kawher.
November 22: USA – Wales, 12:30 pm, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 22: Argentina – Saudi Arabia, 3:30 pm, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.
November 22: Denmark – Tunisia, 6:30 pm, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 22: Mexico-Poland, 9:30 pm, Stadium 974, Doha.
November 23: France and Australia, 12:30 pm, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.
November 23: Morocco-Croatia, 3:30 pm at El Bayt Stadium, El Kohr.
November 23: Germany – Japan, 6:30 pm, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 23: Spain – Costa Rica, 9:30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
November 24: – Belgium – Canada, at 12:30 pm, at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 24: Switzerland-Cameroon, 3:30 pm, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.
November 24: Uruguay – South Korea, 6:30 pm, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 24: Portugal – Ghana, 9:30 pm, Stadium 974, Doha.
November 25: Brazil vs Serbia match, 12:30 pm, at Lusail Stadium, Lusail.
November 25: Wales – Iran, 3:30 pm at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 25: Qatar – Senegal, 6:30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
November 25: Netherlands – Ecuador, 9:30 pm, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 26: England – USA, 12:30 pm, Al-Bait Stadium, Al-Koher.
November 26: Tunisia-Australia, 3:30 pm, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.
November 26: Poland – Saudi Arabia, 6:30 pm, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 26: France – Denmark, 9:30 pm, Stadium 974, Doha.
November 27: Argentina-Mexico, 12:30 am, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.
November 27: Japan – Costa Rica, 3:30 pm, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 27: Belgium – Morocco, 6:30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
November 27: Croatia-Canada, 9:30 pm, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 28: Spain – Germany, 12:30 am, El Bayt Stadium, El Kohr.
November 28: Cameroon – Serbia, 3:30 pm, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.
November 28: South Korea – Ghana, 6:30 pm, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 28: Brazil-Switzerland, 9:30 pm, Stadium 974, Doha.
November 29: Portugal – Uruguay, 12:30 am, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.
November 29: Holland – Qatar, 8:30 pm, Al Bayt Stadium, Kahr.
November 29: Ecuador – Senegal, 8:30 pm at Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 30: Wales – England, 12:30 am, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
November 30: Iran – USA, 12:30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
November 30: Tunisia – France, 8:30 pm, Education City Stadium, Rayyan.
November 30: Australia – Denmark, 8:30 pm, South Stadium, Al Wakrah.
December 1st: Poland-Argentina, 12:30 pm, Stadium 974, Doha.
December 1st: Saudi Arabia – Mexico, 12:30 am, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.
December 1st: Croatia – Belgium, 8:30 pm, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 1st: Canada – Morocco, 8:30 pm, Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
December 2nd: Japan – Spain, 12:30 am, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 2nd: Costa Rica – Germany, 12:30 pm, El Bayt Stadium, El Kohr.
December 2nd: South Korea – Portugal, 8:30 pm, Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 2nd: Ghana-Uruguay, 8:30 pm, Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakra.
December 3rd: Cameroon and Brazil, 12:30 am, Lusail Stadium, Lusail.
December 3rd: Serbia-Switzerland, 12:30 am, Stadium 974, Doha.

2022 World Cup knockout matches:

December 3rd: 8:30 p.m. Round of 16 – 1: Winners Group A vs Group B; B Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 3rd: 10:30 PM, Round of 16 – 2: Winners Group C vs. Group B; Dr. Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan.
December 4th: 8:30 pm, Round of 16 – 3: Winners Group D vs. runner-up Group C; Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
December 4th: 10:30 p.m. Round of 16 – 4: Winners Group B vs runner-up Group A; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.
December 5: 8:30 p.m. Round of 16-5: Winners Group E vs. Group F runner-up; Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah.
December 5: 10:30 p.m. Round of 16 – 6: Winners Group G vs. runner-up Group H; Stadium 974 Doha.
December 6: 8:30 pm, Round of 16 – 7: Winners Group F vs. runner-up Group E; Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 6: 10:30 p.m., Round of 16 – 8: Winners Group H vs. Group G runner-up; Lusail Stadium.
December 9: 8:30 p.m., Quarter-finals 1: Winners Round 16-5 vs Winners Round 16-6; Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 9: 10:30 PM, Quarter-final 2: Winners of the Round of 16 – 1 vs Winners of the Round of 16 – 2; Lusail Stadium.
December 10: 8:30 p.m., Quarter-finals 3: Winners Round of 16 – 7 vs Winners Round of 16 – 8; Al Thumama Stadium, Doha.
December 10: 10:30 p.m., Quarter-finals 4: Winners Round of 16 – 3 vs Winners Round of 16-4; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.
December 13: 10:30 p.m., Semi-finals 1: Winners of Quarter-finals 2 vs Winners of Quarter-finals 1; Lusail Stadium.
December 14: 10:30 p.m., Semi-final 2: Quarter-final winners 4 vs. Quarter-final winners 3; Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor.
December 14: 8:30 p.m., third place determination: Semi-finalist Loser 1 Semi-Final Loser 2; Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan.
December 18: 8:30 p.m. Final: Semi-finalists 1 vs Semi-finalists 2; Lusail Stadium.

What is the difference in Qatar 2022?

Unlike its predecessors, the 2022 World Cup will be the Winter World Cup, and weather conditions in Qatar during the summer are extremely harsh for football. This is only the second time the tournament has been hosted in Asia and the first in the Middle East.

The soccer league season will stop midway through the international tournament. There were concerns among the football community as to whether this would affect the freshness with which players generally reached the summit event when it was held at the end of the football season.

On the pitch, he made up for Italy’s failure to qualify for the tournament for the first time for the second time in a row in its history. Especially with the European champions undefeated in less than a year. For the two most famous names in the game’s history, one Cristiano Ronaldo and the other Lionel Messi, this may be the last dance on the big stage.

Off the field, the tournament was already spoiled before the ball was kicked. The host country, Qatar has come under scrutiny for numerous human rights violations and treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. It all came at the last FIFA conference in Qatar ahead of the World Cup draw when Liz Clavens, the first female president of the Norwegian Football Association in 120 years, spoke about the issues around the host country and the tournament on stage during the gathering.

Among all the criticisms and apprehensions, it remains to be seen how Qatar will host the tournament in five months from now.

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