World Cup qualifiers

FIFA’s first winter World Cup in Qatar later this year is taking shape, with more than half of the 32 teams having qualified for the showpiece.

This will be the first time the tournament is played in November/December, which is due to favourable climatic conditions in the Arab nation.

Here is all you need to know about the tournament; 

  • Four matches will be played each day during the group stage.
  • The group games will be played over a 12-day period, with matches not being assigned to particular venues until after the finals draw in April 2022 in order to choose optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in different countries as well as supporters out in Qatar.
  • Kick-off times for the first two rounds of matches will be 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm and 10 pm local time (same time as East Africa).
  • Kick-off times in the final round of group games and knock-out round matches will be at 6 pm and 10 pm local time.
  • For all but three games there will be a three-day rest period in between.
  • Lusail Stadium in Doha will host the 2022 World Cup final
  • The tournament’s opening match will be played at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor on Monday, November 21 in a match that will feature the host country.
  • The final game will be played on Sunday, December 18, kick-off at 6 pm local time.

 

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