Organizers announced that, Qatar will kick off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, organisers also issued the schedule for the finals.
FIFA and Qatar’s Supreme Committee organisational body in a joint statement, said that the gas-rich Gulf nation will start the World Cup at the 60,000-capacity ground on November 21.
The opening match will begin a group stage that will feature four matches a day for 12 days, spread over 8 stadiums around Qatar, The final will be held at the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium in Doha nearly a month later on December 18.
Group matches will kick off at 3-hour intervals, beginning at 1.00pm local time (1000 GMT), with the late match kicking off at 10:00pm local time.
The tournament will then jump straight to the last 16, with two matches a day until two rest days and the start of the quarter- and semi-finals, which will both be spread over 2 days.
Qualification for the World Cup has begun in Asia and Africa but is yet to start in Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
The World Cup Organizers said that the draw for the finals would be made “after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window”.
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