When is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is rapidly approaching and the draw has been completed ahead of the tournament.

    This will be the final time we witness a 32-team World Cup before it expands to 48 nations in 2026.

    The Qatar World Cup will be the first-ever winter World Cup


    The Qatar World Cup will be the first-ever winter World CupCredit: Getty

    It will be the first time football’s most prestigious tournament has been held in the winter which will mean a break in the Premier League.

    When is the World Cup draw and when does the tournament start?

    • Group stages for the Qatar World Cup will start on Sunday, November 20.
    • This was moved a day earlier than planned in order for Qatar to play in the opening fixture.
    • Second-round fixtures will be played between December 3 and 6.
    • The quarter-finals take place on December 9 and 10.
    • Semi-finals are set for December 13 and 14.
    • The final of this year’s World Cup will be on December 18, just one week before Christmas.
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    World Cup 2022 draw and schedule?

    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

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    World Cup 2022 fixtures

    Group stage – all kick-off times in UK

    Sunday, November 20
    Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (7pm)
    Monday, November 21
    Group B: England vs Iran (1pm)
    Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (4pm)
    Group B: USA vs Wales (7pm)
    Tuesday, November 22
    Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (10am)
    Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (1pm)
    Group C: Mexico vs Poland (4pm)
    Group D: France vs Australia (7pm)
    Wednesday, November 23
    Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (10am)
    Group E: Germany vs Japan (1pm)
    Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica (4pm)
    Group F: Belgium vs Canada (7pm)
    Thursday, November 24
    Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (10am)
    Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (1pm)
    Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (4pm)
    Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (7pm)
    Friday, November 25
    Group B: Wales vs Iran (10am)
    Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (1pm)
    Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador (4pm)
    Group B: England vs USA (7pm)
    Saturday, November 26
    Group C: Tunisia vs Australia (10am)
    Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia (1pm)
    Group D: France vs Denmark (4pm)
    Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (7pm)
    Sunday, November 27
    Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica (10am)
    Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (1pm)
    Group F: Croatia vs Canada (4pm)
    Group E: Spain vs Germany (7pm)
    Monday, November 28
    Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia (10am)
    Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (1pm)
    Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (4pm)
    Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (7pm)
    Tuesday, November 29
    Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (3pm)
    Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (3pm)
    Group B: Wales vs England (7pm)
    Group B: Iran vs USA (7pm)
    Wednesday, November 30
    Group D: Australia vs Denmark (3pm)
    Group D: Tunisia vs France (3pm)
    Group C: Poland vs Argentina (7pm)
    Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (7pm)
    Thursday, December 1
    Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (3pm)
    Group F: Canada vs Morocco (3pm)
    Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany (7pm)
    Group E: Japan vs Spain (7pm)
    Friday, December 2
    Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (3pm)
    Group G: Ghana vs Uruguay (3pm)
    Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (7pm)
    Group H: Cameroon vs Brazil (7pm)

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    Harry Kane applauds England supportersCredit: Getty

    Round of 16

    Saturday, December 3
    49 – Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B (3pm)
    50 – Winners of Group C vs. Runners-up of Group D (7pm)
    Sunday, December 4
    52 – Winners of Group D vs. Runners-up of Group C (3pm)
    51 – Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A (7pm)
    Monday, December 5
    53 – Winners of Group E vs. Runners-up of Group F (3pm)
    54 – Winners of Group G vs. Runners-up of Group H (7pm)
    Tuesday, December 6
    55 – Winners of Group F vs. Runners-up of Group E (3pm)
    56 – Winners of Group H vs. Runners-up of Group G (7pm)


    Friday, December 9
    58 – Winners of 53 vs. Winners of 54 (3pm)
    57 – Winners of 49 vs. Winners of 50 (3pm)
    Saturday, December 10
    60 – Winners of 55 vs. Winners of 56 (3pm)
    59 – Winners of 51 vs. Winners of 52 (7pm)

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    Tuesday, December 13
    61 – Winners of 57 vs. Winners of 58 (7pm)
    Wednesday, December 14
    62 – Winners of 59 vs. Winners of 60 (7pm)
    Saturday, December 17
    63 – Third place play-off (3pm)


    Sunday, December 18
    64 – The World Cup final (3pm)


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